The first phase of Meraas’ ambitious plans on Dubai Creek has completed, and is now open to the public.
Al Seef is set to put a modern façade on one of the city’s more historic and traditional areas, with a huge development offering dining, retail, leisure and tourism attractions, plus a whole lot more, all delivered in a way that tells Dubai’s story through unique experiences along this 1.8 km-long tourism destination.
Announced at annual property and construction event Cityscape back in 2015, the site keeps Emirati heritage at its core, while highlighting the nation’s culture and age-old traditions.
What immediately strikes the eye is the range of marine-based services and facilities on the site. Expect a selection of floating restaurants, a marina for private yachts, a floating market and links to the Dubai water taxi network.
You can also expect almost 500 shopping and dining destinations, which will offer a range of global cuisines, with many restaurants overlooking Dubai Creek. When the second phase of Al Seef arrives, which is penned in for the end of March 2018, expect the opening of an authentic souk, heavily based on the designs of those from the 1950s, which will also feature a range of retail and dining options.
Diners can look forward to trying out Lebanese Armenian restaurant Mamikonian, a fourth outlet of coffee company The Brass, and a flagship Bellamia Italian gelato store. Al Hamidieh Restaurant & Café will also open soon, too.
Residents and tourists alike will be able to explore open-air markets with a range of hand-crafted, unique items for sale, plus family friendly activities ongoing throughout the week.
Al Seef also has three hotels, with a combined 550 rooms across the site. In the more traditional, Arabian quarter stands a 200-key heritage hotel, designed to offer guests a traditional experience reflecting life as it once was on the Creek. Meanwhile, the more contemporary quarters will feature a 200 and 150-room hotels, which are designed to reflect Dubai’s past while representing the city’s modern lifestyle.
“Dubai Creek holds a special place in the history of Dubai,” said His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas. “Its peaceful shores have welcomed travellers and tradesman since ancient times, and the development of Al Seef reflects a commitment at Meraas, to revitalise an area known for its vibrancy, in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. By combining traditional and modern design elements, the destination highlights the role the creek has played, and continues to play, in the evolution of Dubai, and reinforces the city’s position as a leading international tourism destination by enriching the experience for visitors and creating new economic opportunities for local businesses.”
This is bound to be one of Dubai’s brightest new hotspots, adding to the growing list of brilliant destinations launched by Meraas, including The Beach opposite JBR, BoxPark, City Walk and more. It’s one we can’t wait to check out.
For more information, head to www.meraas.ae.