Abu Dhabi plans major tourist souk
New 150,000m2 waterfront scheme sits at gateway to Abu Dhabi island
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi has unveiled plans for a new 150,000m2 souk destination which it says will help to transform the city and enhance its cultural heritage.
The souk qwill be built at the traditional gateway to Abu Dhabi Island - opposite the Maqtaa Tower between Sheikh Zayed and Al Maqtaa bridges. It will also link to two major existing attractions in the city - Khalifa Park and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Images of the development look similar to the Madinat Jumeirah scheme in Dubai, and the Municipality has said that the development will be built around a waterfront location. It will also have a traditional retail souq, food and beverage units, entertainment and leisure outlets. There will also be an open-air performance space
The souk is one of a number of community-led investments and developments which have been launched by the Municipality's Investment Office as part of its strategic plan to improve amenities both for tourists and residents.
This includes a masterplan to develop up to 40 new community market sites containing retail outlets with cafes and restaurants, as well as customer service centres and community centres.
These 'three-in-one' centres will be built by private sector developers and tenders for the first four - at district community centers in Bani Yas, Shawamekh, Samha and Nahda - are expected to be floated very soon.