The Drive – Dubai's upcoming haute spot

The Drive – Dubai's upcoming haute spotImage Credit: Supplied

The developer of the already ambitious AKOYA development announced towards the tail-end of last year a further extension of its retail project, The Drive at AKOYA.

It will be expanded from its original length of 1.3 kilometres to 2.5 kilometres, making it the longest outdoor retail strip in the region. When completed, the walkway will begin at the Catwalk, a community convenience retail centre near the entrance of AKOYA, and run along multiple outdoor attractions.

The retail strip is part of the master-planned development AKOYA, a luxurious mixed-use community that would stretch 42 million square feet in an area near Dubai MotorCity. Its housing options include villas, mansions and apartments.

Taking advantage of the pleasant weather during the cooler months, The Drive at AKOYA, much like Jumeirah Beach Residence's The Walk, is predominantly planned as an outdoor dining, shopping and leisure destination. It is patterned after world-famous retail strips such as Rodeo Drive and Champs Élysées.

It will be lined with retail shops, food and beverage outlets, boutiques, hotels, entertainment attractions and convenience outlets such as pharmacies and laundry shops. Included in the plan are an outdoor cinema, an outdoor ice skating rink, a mini golf course and a children's play area.

The convenience of a shopping strip located off the Umm Suqueim Expressway will make life for residents in Dubailand and the neighbouring areas much more enjoyable, offering them an alternative to driving into more central locations such as Downtown Dubai, or battling traffic to visit alternative esplanades such as The Walk, The Beach, Marina Walk, City Walk and Boxpark.

The entire AKOYA development is hoped to be completed by the end of 2018.

Handy Hints:

• The Drive at AKOYA will blend exclusive brands under 'one roof'

• It will also have an outdoor skating rink, cinema and golf course

• The whole AKOYA development will be completed end of 2018

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Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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