Nearly 500 new shops and restaurants and a floating market are coming to Dubai Creek, as part of a stunning new development.
Meraas has announced that the first phase of the Al Seef project is now open for business and it’s certainly transformed a 1.8km stretch of the creekside.
First launched at property show Cityscape in 2015, just two years later and the destination is very much ready to visit. Visitors will find it next to Al Fahidi historical district (worth a trip in itself), and like its rich-in-heritage neighbour, Al Seef brings traditional Emirati culture to life.
Although it’s very much a modern entertainment area, with close to 500 shopping and dining concepts, the 2.5 million square feet destination also seeks to tell Dubai’s story through its architecture and attractions on offer.
What we’re seeing now in stage one of the project, with the second half scheduled for delivery at the end of the first quarter of next year. That’s really going to town on the theme of historical Dubai, with an authentic souq based on designs from the 1950s. Harking back to the emirate’s maritime heritage, there will also be a floating market and waterborne restaurants, a marina for private yachts and links to the Dubai water taxi network.
More shopping options come with an open-air market of hand-crafted artefacts, textiles, and accessories that will also be home to fun-filled family activities.
As well as retail therapy and eating, Al Seef’s alleys and walkways will also be home three hotels offering a total of 550 rooms. Two of these are going to be “modern and trendy”, say developers, and one will be a “heritage hotel” offering “an authentic Arabian hospitality experience that reflects life as it once was for those who lived on the shores of the creek.”
Oh, and the area is fully pedestrianised, so visitors can wander round without having to worry about Dubai’s famously busy traffic. Al Seef is close to Al Fahidi Metro station too, but if you do choose to arrive by car, theres’s going to be plenty of underground parking.
Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas, said: “Dubai Creek holds a special place in the history of Dubai. Its peaceful shores have welcomed travellers and tradesman since ancient times, and the development of Al Seef reflects a commitment at Meraas, to revitalise an area known for its vibrancy, in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”