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Plans unveiled for 'abaya'-shaped souk in Abu Dhabi

Al Qudra also launches Al Sadu Towers, featuring 1,360 high-end apartments and 9,000 sq m of retail and F&B outlets

Plans unveiled for 'abaya'-shaped souk in Abu Dhabi
Al Sadu Towers also offers 1,360 luxurious apartments, with parking facilities that accommodates about 1,700 vehicles.

UAE developer Al Qudra Holding is reportedly planning to build a new souq in Abu Dhabi based on the design of the embroidery pattern used in women’s ‘abayas’.

The project is to be built between the Maqtaa Bridge and Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street in Abu Dhabi, close to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

It comprises a covered souq with market stalls for fruits, vegetables and flowers, reported Emirates247, as well as space for arts and crafts exhibitions.

The main building will be connected to the Grand Mosque visitor centre through underground pedestrian facilities. There will be a performance arts centre and cinema and a library intended to offer a cultural and educational facility to learn about the principles of Islam, the newspaper said.

Al Qudra unveiled the scheme at the Cityscape exhibition in Abu Dhabi. A sales brochure reportedly said: “Wearing these abayas embroidered with Al Mukhour is a fundamental part of the past traditions and current customs prevailing in UAE society, being consistent with the public sphere and in harmony with the culture.”

The brochure added: “The traditional souq is considered one of the most important places that reinforce national identity and promotes the values, concepts and traditions of Arabian culture, in addition to being an important economic tourist destination.”

Al Qudra also launched its new Al Sadu Towers project at Cityscape this week.

The mixed-use scheme comprises five towers containing 1,360 high-end apartments and 9,000 sq m of retail and food and beverage outlets. It also provides parking for 1,700 cars.

Mohammed Bin Thaaloob Al Darei, chairman of Al Qudra Holding, told the conference the design concept was inspired by a traditional form of weaving practiced by rural Emirati women.

“Being a national leader, we aim to preserve our ancestral Emirati heritage through our modern projects, and strive to contribute in creating a wider horizon of investment in various fields.”

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