Plans are revealed for the Deira Islands Night Souq in Dubai
Over 5,000 shops to launch in 2017
Dubai-based property developer Nakheel is releasing details of an ambitious plan for an evening market in Dubai, claiming that it has begun leasing for retailers and restaurants.
The Night Souq is to have 5,000 shops spread over 1.9 kilometres of waterfront on the Deira Islands development. The 15.3 square km development is to open in the middle of 2017 and is to feature 96 quayside cafes and restaurants.
"It will promote local business and entrepreneurship, serve hundreds of thousands of residents living on and around Deira Islands and act as a major attraction for Dubai's growing number of annual tourists," said chairman of Nakheel, Ali Rashid Lootah.
Interest in the Night Souq, particularly from the Emirati population, is high according to Nakheel, "Deira is the original trading hub of the city, where buyers and sellers from all over the world converge to do business. Nakheel's Night Souq will serve to extend these traditional commercial activities by significantly boosting trading opportunities in the area known as Old Dubai," continued Mr Lootah.