SHOPPING The Muncipality of Abu Dhabi have recently unveiled plans to construct a 'traditional' souk in the heart of the city.
The Souk, which is expected to be built opposite Maqta Fort, will be connected to Khalifa Park and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, on 150,000 sqm of land. The new souk will feature restaurants and cafes, entertainment venues, retail and hospitality outlets and a waterfront.
This new project is part of a long term plan to improve tourism in the city and is one of three new projects announced. A traditional style souk will also benefit the city's residents with the addition of supermarkets, community centre's and other local amenities, creating more job openings in the city. The project comes at a time when Abu Dhabi is steadily growing it's retail offerings with a new crop of malls being opened in various parts of the town, aiming to attract more tourists and shoppers to the city.
The Muncipality will be building the souk with partners, investors and developers in the private sector.
Text Karen Athwal