Naif Souq rises again

An official from the Dubai Municipality (DM) has said that the temporary Naif Souq will be ready by mid-June.

Work on the temporary Naif Souq is well underway and should be completed by mid-June
Work on the temporary Naif Souq is well underway and should be completed by mid-June

An official from the Dubai Municipality (DM) has said that the temporary Naif Souq will be ready by mid-June.

The new souq, which is located 500m away from the original one, was gutted in a fire last month that started due to an electrical fault in one of the air conditioning units. A parking lot in the Naif area has made way for the temporary market.

Juma Khalifa Al Fuqaei, director of General Maintenance Department, said: "Construction of the temporary market is progressing well ahead of the schedule. As much as 40% of the works have already been completed.

"We hope to finish the remaining works which include erecting steel structures of the shops, gypsum works, columns, and roof by mid June. Nearly 150 workers are employed here in two shifts - morning and evening," he said.

There will be a total of 200 shops in the temporary market - the same number of shops that were in the original one. It will be provided with all safety and security requirements, and will include all amenities provided to shop-owners in the original.

Al Fuqaei also said that the design of the new Naif Souq, which has been approved by the DM, would incorporate features from local Arabic architecture. The building will have two air-conditioned floors and a visitors' car park around the main building. This will be done utilising the same space of the old souq.

The finishing of the internal and external facades of the building will be done in line with international standards. The building will also include a cafeteria, administrative office and other public utilities, in addition to escalators and lifts as well as entry and exit for commodities.

The original 5,574m² Naif Souq was one of the oldest traditional markets in Dubai.

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