Dh400M facelift for Dubai mar­ket

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter

dubai — The Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has an­nounced a Dh400-mil­lion facelift for the Fruits and Veg­etable mar­ket in Al Warsan.

The project aims to sat­isfy the needs of the mar­ket’s sup­ply, dis­play, sales, dis­tri­bu­tion and im­port of fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Khalid Mohammed Sharif Al Awadhi, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor-gen­eral for en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic health at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, said a com­mit­tee has been formed to carry out the ren­o­va­tion. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has held meet­ings with ven­dors to dis­cuss chal­lenges to be ad­dressed dur­ing ren­o­va­tion.

Juma Al Fuqae, di­rec­tor of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s as­sets man­age­ment depart­ment, said the new de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide larger ar­eas for load­ing and un­load­ing of goods, park­ing ar­eas for trucks and safer dis­play and dis­tri­bu­tion of food items in tem­per­a­ture­con­trolled set­tings. The ren­o­vated mar­ket will also of­fer spe­cialised tracks for cars, bi­cy­cles and pedes­tri­ans while de­vel­op­ing a frame­work that or­gan­ises the mar­ket’s ac­tiv­i­ties and gath­ers waste. “We will also sep­a­rate tracks be­tween trucks and other cars. Our plan fo­cuses on en­sur­ing smooth flow of traf­fic out­side and inside the mar­ket, and pro­vid­ing un­der­ground hy­draulic waste con­tain­ers,” said Al Fuqae.

The mar­ket, which oc­cu­pies 990,330 square me­tres, had its two ex­ist­ing whole­sale yards ex­panded by 50 per cent, in ad­di­tion to a new yard that has been con­structed for whole­sales with an area of 11,940 square me­ters to ac­com­mo­date the mar­ket growth and high num­bers of trucks.

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An artist im­pres­sion of the Al Warsan mar­ket af­ter ren­o­va­tion. —

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