Exploring the atmospheric souqs and alleyways of Dubai’s old town is undoubtedly one of the most magical, ‘local’ experiences for families living here. And it’s about to get a whole lot more exciting, with the unveiling of a brand-new development lining the creek-side.
The first phase of Al Seef by developers Meraas, the name behind the hugely popular City Walk, BoxPark and The Beach, is now open to the public and its sleek, modern architecture incorporating traditional elements is designed to build a bridge between the old and the new.
The 1.8 kilometre-long destination aims to tell Dubai’s story and bring traditional Emirati culture to life through architecture and unique experiences, enabling visitors to rediscover the heart of the city along its much-loved Creek.
There’s an enormous 2.5 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment space and a selection of floating restaurants, a marina for private yachts, a floating market and links to the Dubai water taxi network, celebrating Dubai’s rich maritime heritage and the role that the creek has played in the city’s transformation. His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas, says: “Dubai Creek holds a special place in the history of Dubai. Its peaceful shores have welcomed travellers and tradesmen since ancient times and the development of this area highlights the role the Creek has played, and continues to play, in the evolution of Dubai.”
There are almost 500 shopping and dining concepts spread across a maze of alleyways and walkways and 550 hotel rooms across three properties – the first offering the experience of authentic Arabic hospitality and the second two being more modern concepts, creating an interesting new staycation option for residents and something completely different for tourists visiting the city.
The second phase – due to be completed early next year – will house an authentic souq, reminiscent of those that were common in Dubai in the 1950s, finishing off what has to be one of the most exciting developments in the city so far.
Dubai Creek (800 637227).