Al fresco escape The Yard is giving us more reasons to spend time there.
First there was food truck stop Last Exit D89, which opened in 2017. Next came a ‘suburban hideaway,’ with rustic courtyard The Barn, walking trails, lake, picnic area and Dubai’s first promise lock bridge.
Now developer Meraas has revealed the third phase of the Al Khawaneej neighbourhood that is due to be fully finished at the end of 2019.
The attraction is swelling by 200,000 square foot to include a 50,000 square foot Géant hypermarket, so we can stock up on picnic goodies. The Yard is also set to be a destination for film fans, as Roxy Cinemas is opening there too, with “premium services and luxury seating worthy of Platinum and Gold lounges.”
Shops, banks, a gym and health centre are other new additions to pull in residents and visitors. As well as practical stuff, The Yard is known for its aesthetic appeal and that’ll be bolstered with art works made from upcycled farming materials – including an 18-metre-tall windmill.
Once it’s all done, The Yard will cover a whopping 2.8 million square feet once and we can’t wait to explore it all. It’s already worth a weekend road trip to feast at food trucks including traditional coffee store Cupagahwa, and the always-good Krush Burger and Urban Seafood.
Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman at Meraas, said: “We look for opportunities to answer the needs of the community and The Yard has become, in many ways, the heart of a rich residential area in Al Khawaneej. Through making deliberate extensions to The Yard, we will give families in the neighbourhood more chances to spend time together.”
Al Khawaneej, near Mushrif Park. Open 24/7, with tons of parking. Food trucks at Last Exit serve 7am-2am.