Dubai Creek Harbour to feature its own Chinatown

Posted: 09-Aug-18 09:10

Emaar Properties will pay homage to the Asian giant by dedicating part of the new Dubai Creek Harbour development to celebrating Chinese culture. According to official statements, the retail precinct will become the Middle East’s largest Chinatown with a wide range of typical Chinese shops and restaurants.

Dubai Creek Harbour to feature its own Chinatown

In an effort to continue strengthening bonds between the UAE and China, Dubai’s most prominent real estate development company, Emaar Properties, recently announced a project to build the nation’s first Chinatown. The upcoming tribute to Chinese culture will be located within the Dubai Creek Harbour, an ongoing project set within 10 minutes of the iconic Burj Khalifa.

The company made the news public during the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UAE. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties stated:

“The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UAE is historic. It will further strengthen UAE-China relations, underpinned by initiatives such as the UAE-China Week announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.”

According to Emaar, the retail precinct at Dubai Creek Harbour will become the Middle East’s largest Chinatown. Dubai Creek Harbour is an impressive six-square-kilometre mega-development that will house the new Dubai Creek Tower, an eye-catching new monument. The district will feature a wide range of Chinese shops, restaurants and brands alongside global fashion brands. It also encompasses elegant homes and spectacular views of the city skyline, waterfront and the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ultimately, this upcoming development aims to honour Chinese expatriates in the UAE and further bolster business links with China. Emaar’s new initiatives are building on strong Chinese investment in the UAE as well as continuing to encourage Chinese holidaymakers to visit the UAE, helped by the visa-on-arrival status granted to Chinese nationals in 2016.

The Asian giant, who recently broke the record of most overnight visitors to Dubai in 2018, is a large visitor source market for Dubai and has grown by nine percent in the past year. Chinese visitors prefer Emaar’s hotels for their central location and easy access to popular lifestyle destinations such as The Dubai Mall.

Mr Alabbar also explained on the importance of the Chinese market:

“The UAE and China share strong bilateral trade and cultural relations. These are bolstered by the presence of over 200,000 Chinese citizens who live in the UAE and the hundreds of thousands of Chinese visitors that the nation welcomes annually. The development of a new Chinatown highlights our commitment to the country, and our focus on contributing to the strength and success of UAE-China relations.”

In addition to the new Chinatown, Emaar has also announced that it will launch dedicated pavilions in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou – all three cities are connected to Dubai by Emirates Airline. All three are set to promote tourism, education, trading and investment between UAE and China.

Meanwhile, the owner of the world’s tallest skyscraper is also expanding its hospitality business into China with the luxury Address Hotels + Resorts brand. Emaar says the aim is to develop and operate Address branded hotels in key cities around the country, explaining that the brand enjoys strong appeal and familiarity amongst Chinese tourists.

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