First phase of Al Seef opens along Dubai Creek

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DUBAI: Mer­aas has an­nounced that the irst phase of Al Seef is now open to the pub­lic along Dubai Creek. The 1.8km long des­ti­na­tion aims to tell Dubai’s story through ar­chi­tec­ture and unique ex­pe­ri­ences, en­abling vis­i­tors to re­dis­cover the heart of the city along its much-loved creek.

Al Seef was de­signed to bring to life the tra­di­tional Emi­rati cul­ture that un­der­pins Dubai’s iconic her­itage. A visit to the des­ti­na­tion, lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Al Fahidi his­tor­i­cal dis­trict, will in­spire both res­i­dents and tourists with its au­then­tic de­sign aes­thetic and am­bi­ence, pay­ing homage to the age-old tra­di­tions of the UAE.

The her­itage area at Al Seef is pat­terned af­ter old ar­chi­tec­ture in Dubai, while the so­phis­ti­cated con­tem­po­rary area con­tains sleek ar­chi­tec­tural spa­ces that blend seam­lessly.

Bridg­ing the gap be­tween the old and new, Al Seef will bring to life el­e­ments of old Dubai by recreating ex­pe­ri­ences rooted in lo­cal cul­ture and her­itage, while re­vi­tal­is­ing the tourism ex­pe­ri­ence around one of the UAE’S most pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions.

The shop­ping, din­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and tourism des­ti­na­tion cov­ers a to­tal built up area of 2.5 mil­lion square feet and houses close to 500 shop­ping and din­ing con­cepts, of­fer­ing global cui­sine over­look­ing the creek.

The sec­ond phase of the des­ti­na­tion, sched­uled for de­liv­ery at the end of the irst quar­ter of next year, will com­prise of an au­then­tic souq, sim­i­lar to those that were com­mon in Dubai in the 1950s, with a tra­di­tional vibe and de­light­ful re­tail and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of its own.

With a se­lec­tion of loat­ing restau­rants, a ma­rina for pri­vate yachts, loat­ing mar­ket and links to the Dubai wa­ter taxi net­work, Al Seef also cel­e­brates Dubai’s rich mar­itime her­itage and the role that the creek has played in the city’s trans­for­ma­tion.

These fea­tures add to the charm­ing at­mos­phere at Al Seef and res­onate through­out the many al­ley­ways and walk­ways that are packed with cap­ti­vat­ing shops, cafés, restau­rants, and an events plaza where a va­ri­ety of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will bring this area of the creek to life.

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