Dubai's traditional markets at Deira get a revamp

The area has kept its character with a few upgrades

Dubai's traditional markets at Deira get a revamp

The traditional markets of Deira are among the most cultural places to shop in Dubai – and now they've had a revamp.

The area has kept its character, but there are two new information centres at the entrance of the Grand Souq and Al Ras Metro station offering tourist maps and information brochures.

There are also new directional signs to help shoppers get around, while the floors and ceilings have had upgrade works too.

You'll also find new seats, street names and name plates reflecting the heritage of the tourist destination.

Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality, said: "Dubai has witnessed significant leaps in its development over the past few decades and has become a global trading and business hub in a short period of time.

"The retail sector in the region is supported by a range of modern markets that are among the most prominent in the world and attract some of the world’s prestigious international brands. However, this drive for modernity has not diminished the importance of traditional markets, which have been at the heart of the city’s commercial and economic life.

“We received clear directives from HH Sheikh Mohammed to give special attention to these traditional markets and restore the prestige they enjoyed over the decades, which gave them an important place in the emirate's history."

The project included works to preserve more than 220 historical buildings by restoring their historical facades.

The market is one of the most significant in Dubai and is directly connected to the creek, meaning an easy route for merchandise from cargo ships from Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

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