Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has been given a tour of the new Waterfront Market in the Dubai district of Al Hamriya.
The new state-of-the-art facility covers an area of over 100,000 square metres and includes a fish market and auction area, a fruit and vegetable market, and a meat and poultry market, as well as stores for dry goods, spices, dates, honey, state news agency WAM reported.
It added that the market also features a hypermarket, a mix of retail stores, office space and a promenade area for cafes and restaurants.
Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied during his tour by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and other senior officials, said that he was pleased with the market, which is considered a new shopping and tourist attraction.
He also inspected the adjacent fishing boat and water taxi piers, as well as the taxi reception area that will cater to tourists visiting the market, boasting underground parking for 1,200 cars.
Sheikh Mohammed emphasised the importance of indoor shopping centres in serving the needs of the public and providing a perfect atmosphere for families, WAM said.
The Waterfront Market was developed by Ithra Dubai, which is wholly owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). Following its construction, the facility was handed over to the Dubai Municipality, which is managing it following a soft launch last week.
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