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Ajman's $136m Mirkaaz mall to feature traditional souk

Ajman Holding project is expected to attract more than 10 million visitors a year after it opens in late 2019

Ajman's $136m Mirkaaz mall to feature traditional souk

Mirkaaz, the recently launched shopping destination in Ajman, will feature a touch of Arabic tradition with an old souk sitting alongside modern multinational chain stores, it has been revealed.

The $136 million Mirkaaz, a project by Ajman Holding, is expected to attract more than 10 million visitors a year after it opens in late 2019.

Mirkaaz, a traditional Arabic word describing a meeting place for opinion leaders, friends and family, will feature a special section that is designed in old market style, a statement said.

“At the core of the Mirkaaz experience is our value of staying true to what we are and where we come from. The old souk will be dedicated to promoting local talents and entrepreneurs, and is bound to become a tourist destination where traditions are constantly renewed,” said Yahya Al Jasmi, managing director of Ajman Holding.

Spread across 1,000 sq m, the old souk will display traditional products and souvenirs on sale across the stores and also have a majlis-like seating section where Mirkaaz visitors can relax and enjoy traditional experience.

Additionally, to support start-ups and encourage small and medium sized (SMEs) companies, Mirkaaz will also offer budding entrepreneurs working spaces to operate their businesses.

“Unlike traditional mall spaces which require long and expensive leases that are difficult for some start-ups, Mirkaaz will offer special spaces which are set up as separate stores in the form of booths. While the distinct spaces will help start-ups and SMEs benefit from the foot traffic, it will also help them establish a mall presence,” added Al Jasmi.

Located at the juncture of Sharjah and Ajman, Ajman Holding said earlier this month that it has signed an agreement with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) Middle East to build Mirkaaz.

It will be the first mall in the UAE to feature a sprawling atrium roof to provide natural light within the mall, allowing growth for plants, and scenic day/night sky views to all visitors.

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