Dubai: Almost 90 per cent of the new fish market
Dubai: Almost 90 per cent of the new fish market located in Deira Corniche is complete. Engineer Hussain Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said.
In line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of creating an environmentally sustainable city, Dubai Municipality is finalising the new fish market which has applied green building methods. Lootah explained that the fish market project cost around Dh269 million to meet international standards while fulfilling public health and safety requirements.
The market contains 500 units of which 72 are stations for fish cleaning services, 75 for the meat and poultry market section, 140 for fruits and vegetables, 65 for dried food stuff, in addition to units dedicated to cafes and restaurants dispersed across the market complex.
Jaber Al Safar, head of the markets section at Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News that the remaining work is adding the final touches which is time- consuming but essential to complete the project properly.
“The new market, in comparison with the old one, is bigger, more spacious, has a hypermarket, tonnes of shops and even restaurants, so people who visit will feel like it’s more like a mall rather than a market,” said Al Safar.
He added that the three-storey market will cater to the growing population of Dubai. Al Safar explained that the new market has its very own basement parking with more than 700 parking spots and around 800-1,000 car parking spaces outside the market complex.
Faisal Juma Al Badawi, Director of Corporate Marketing and Relations at Dubai Municipality, clarified that the old market has been the same for 15 years, therefore an expansion was bound to happen. He said that since markets are part of Dubai’s tourism, it is the country’s duty to enhance the tourism industry in the city in a positive manner.
“This new fish market combines both traditional and modern aspects in the sense that the building resembles a traditional souq but is air-conditioned, clean and has restaurants and a hypermarket for visitors to spend their day comfortably,” explained Al Badawi.
Lootah added that 43 per cent of the cold storage system, with a value of around Dh130 million, for the vegetable market is done and is expected to be completed by next March.