Retail developers ride on heritage theme

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The Textile Souk in Bur Dubai’s Al Fahidi Street and the Spice Souk in Deira hold a special charm for shopaholics from Dubai and tourists from all over the world. These shopping hotspots help the visitors savor the joys of retail therapy in traditional Arabic setting.

Riding on the popularity of the existing souks, many retail developers in Dubai are now investing in shopping zones which are set to recreate the old-world charm of Arabic markets.

A mixed-use heritage project called The Souq has come up in Deira’s Naif Area. Part of the wasl district, it features around 201 shops spread over 55,000 square feet. According to the developer, around 98 per cent of the available retail units have been leased. The retail hub has four different clusters – Lulu, Zaffaran, Oud and Talli – depending on the items being sold here.

Along with the retail outlets, wasl district will also have residences, offices and a hotel. The residential wing will have 356 units including 115 furnished luxury apartments. The entire project is set for completion in 2017 and will transform the area into a bustling tourism and commercial nerve center.

If you are looking for a traditional shopping experience after sunset, the Night Souk at Deira Islands waterfront could be your destination. Located on the south islands, it is being built along a stretch of 1.9 kilometers. It will have 5,000 shops and quayside cafes and restaurants. According to the developer, the souk will give a modern twist to the concept of Arabian marketplace.

Deira Islands, built on a reclaimed land on the sea, comprises four islands which will be dotted with hotels, resorts, a wide variety of residential accommodation options, commercial areas and retail units.

Handy Hints
• Souks with a modern twist have become a growing trend in UAE
• The Night Souk at Deira Islands will feature thousands of shops
• Shops at Naif District sell Arabic perfumes, clothing, artefacts

Source: S. Dhar, Special to PropertiesThe writer is a freelancer

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