New cul­tural hub

Al Seef her­itage des­ti­na­tion is now open at the creek

What's On (Dubai) - - CULTURE -

Dubai Creek is al­ready one of the city’s most pop­u­lar tourist ar­eas, with its abra rides, bustling souks and his­toric vibes. And now, there’s an­other rea­son to visit – with the open­ing of a brand new cul­tural dis­trict on its shores.

Al Seef is the lat­est project from Mer­aas, the de­vel­oper be­hind the likes of The Beach at JBR, Box­park, City Walk and the re­cently opened La Mer (p57). The first phase of the project is now open to the pub­lic.

The de­vel­oper says the new des­ti­na­tion, which is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Al Fahidi his­tor­i­cal dis­trict and stretches 1.8km along the creek, aims to tell the story of Dubai through ar­chi­tec­ture and unique ex­pe­ri­ences, pay­ing homage to the tra­di­tions of the UAE.

The dis­trict con­sists of two main ar­eas: a her­itage area, in­spired by old ar­chi­tec­ture in Dubai, and a more con­tem­po­rary area fea­tur­ing mod­ern de­sign el­e­ments, which have be­come syn­ony­mous with Mer­aas project

When it’s fully com­plete, Al Seef will be a shop­ping, din­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and tourism spot hous­ing nearly 500 shops, art gal­leries and cafés – in­clud­ing a se­lec­tion of float­ing restau­rants, as well as a float­ing mar­ket.

A few of the ven­dors that are cur­rently open in­clude The Brass Cof­fee & Com­mu­nity, the flag­ship Bel­lamia gelato store and Le­banese-Ar­me­nian restau­rant Mamiko­nia, which has a gor­geous rooftop restau­rant over­look­ing the creek.

Keep an eye on What­ to find out the lat­est ven­dors open­ing at Al Seef.

Seef, Deira, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3173999. Taxi: ad­ja­cent to Al Fahidi His­tor­i­cal Neigh­bour­hood. mer­

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