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Damac's retail strip to include outdoor ice-skating rink

Akoya Drive will be 1.3km long and will feature high-end shopping and food and beverage outlets

Damac's retail strip to include outdoor ice-skating rink

Dubai-based real estate developer Damac Properties has announced the development of Akoya Drive, one of the longest shopping strip experiences in the emirate.

Similar in length to ‘The Walk’ at Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) and inspired by Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Champs Elysees in Paris, Akoya Drive will stretch 1.3km through the Akoya by Damac luxury golf community, the developer said.

It will include high-end food and beverage, retail shopping, and a host of family entertainment offerings, Damac said in a statement.

The strip will house an outdoor ice-skating rink, cinema screen and interactive kids play area. The area will be longer than 13 football pitches end to end, the statement said, adding that more than 80,000 people will live within 16km of Akoya Drive by the time is completed.

“Akoya Drive is what everyone in Dubai has been waiting for,” said Niall McLoughlin, senior vice president, Damac Properties. “We expect Akoya Drive to be the new place to meet friends, entertain and get away from it all. This new haute spot with shopping, dining and entertainment will provide a real central point for those living in Arabian Ranches, through Motor City, Jumeirah Village and the surrounding areas.”

The current stock of retail space in Dubai is currently just under three million square metre, with an additional 840,000 sq m set to be added by 2016. With such a strong increase, McLoughlin said Akoya Drive needs to be different.

“Akoya Drive will blend the most exclusive brand designs with a relaxed, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere that takes you away from the fast pace of the city. There will be no better place to while away the hours with your friends and families,” he said.

Akoya by Damac is a 42 million square foot golf community off Umm Suqeim Road in Dubai. The project includes mansions, villas, luxurious apartments and retail centre. The project also includes a 14 million sq ft extension to the original 28 million sq ft, with a dedicated 4.3 million sq ft of open parkland.

Damac Properties has delivered almost 10,000 units to date and currently has a development portfolio of over 25,000 units at various stages of progress and planning as of March 31.

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Anon 5 years ago

Here we go, more of the same!

Johnny 5 years ago

those guys know nothing except how to copy and paste others..why cant people be a bit more creative

harry barry 5 years ago

outdoor skating rink....mmph....+50 degrees above ground and -2 degrees below, nice fog like effect

Ibrahim 5 years ago

100 % True ... Lol

SA1 5 years ago

yeah...on wonders the same seeing all the wonders of Las Vegas.