Under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Municipality has completed a project to revive Deira’s traditional markets and preserve its heritage architecture.
The initiative was part of the development projects approved by HH Sheikh Mohammed last January to preserve the UAE’s heritage and cultural identity.
The development of the markets was carried out in two phases. The first included the completion of the main information center at the Deira Grand Souq’s entrance.
Work carried out under Phase 1 included the installation of shades, market entry signboards, seating areas and billboards, floors, and ceilings, and facilitating connectivity and visitor traffic movement.
Street names and nameplates were changed to reflect the heritage of the place.
The second phase included adding an abra station opposite the Shindagha district, in addition to allocating a bus stop for easy access to tourists.
These sites will be implemented alongside the Deira Waterfront Development Project.
Commenting on the project, Eng Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai has witnessed significant leaps in its development over the last few decades.
"However, this drive for modernity has not diminished the importance of traditional markets, which have been at the heart of the city’s commercial and economic life,” he added, according to Dubai Media Office.