Meraas to add a host of new indoor and outdoor attractions as part of a 200,000 sq ft expansion which is expected to be complete by Q4 2019
Work has started on the third phase of The Yard, a lifestyle destination in the Al Khawaneej neighbourhood of Dubai.
Developer Meraas said it is set to add a host of new indoor and outdoor attractions as part of a 200,000 square foot expansion which is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2019.
The additions will complete the offerings at The Yard and transform it into a social hub where families and friends can shop, dine, hang out, entertain and have fun, Meraas said in a statement.
Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman at Meraas, said: “Meraas has its sights set on the big picture and seeks to create enriching experiences for people to come together, connect and grow. This is linked directly to the communities that we impact through our presence. We look for opportunities to answer the needs of the community and The Yard has become, in many ways, the heart of a rich residential area in Al Khawaneej.
"Through making deliberate extensions to The Yard, we will give families in the neighbourhood more chances to spend time together. This is in line with the Dubai Plan 2021, which aims to make Dubai a city of happy, healthy and empowered people.”
Géant, the hypermarket chain, will open a 50,000 square foot curated hypermarket space at The Yard while movie lovers will have the opportunity to watch their favourite films at Roxy Cinemas.
The destination will also host new fashion and apparel brands, restaurants and cafes, and service providers such as telecommunication and banking.
In addition, there will be a gym and a health centre.
The destination comprises Last Exit D89 Al Khawaneej, the food truck park launched in 2017, as well as a 350,000-square foot extension that consists of a courtyard known affectionately as The Barn.
In addition to a bakery, air-conditioned and al fresco restaurants, dining spaces and a selection of shops, the destination features a lake with two bridges, including the Promise Bridge, in addition to shaded walking trails and landscaped picnic areas. The Yard will encompass 2.8 million square feet once it is completed.