And this picturesque 350,000 sq ft extension, The Yard, is now open to the public, with the aim of growing it into a 2.8m sq ft “urban destination”.
The Yard comprises a rustic courtyard, an organic farmer’s market, a bakery, air-conditioned and open-air restaurants and dining spaces, a unique mix of shops, a lake with two bridges spanning it, shaded walking trails and expansive landscaped picnic areas.
The project, from Meraas, is family-friendly and is inspired by the surrounding neighbourhoods, known as Dubai’s agricultural heartland. The architecture, interiors and landscaping aim to “create a laid-back ambience for families from the local community and beyond to enjoy”.
An 18-metre-high windmill, a water mill, a wishing well, decorative vintage pick-up trucks, farm animals and bird houses make up the rustic and quirky décor.
There’s also a “Promise Bridge”, to lock padlocks on, while stepping stones lead visitors from the main courtyard to the lake and picnic areas, where they can follow breakfast, lunch or dinner with a casual stroll or brisk walk around the 550-metre walkway.
The Yard also features plenty of parking, drop-off points and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There are also plans to host community events “that bring residents and visitors together to socialise, explore, learn, play, create and innovate”.
That’s our weekend plans sorted, we’ll see you there.