Meraas to bring new shopping and entertainment project to Dubai

New hospitality, retail and entertainment development Marsa Al Seef to be constructed in Dubai’s Bur Dubai district by 2017.

Meraas Holding management believes, that Dubai today has not enough really interesting entertainment and hospitality projects, that’s why the developer is about to bring new Marsa Al Seef to the emirate.

"Dubai's had limited offering within the cultural tourism space, and this is what the Marsa Al Seef development will be looking to plug," Abdul Wahab Al Halabi, the CEO overseeing the project, said.

The retail gross leasable area in the new development is about to exceed 700,000sqf, and the total length of the shops line and entertainment waterfront zone will be 1.8 kilometers. When designing new development its creators were inspired by traditional Arab culture and architecture, which today can still be found in Dubai’s historic district of Al Fahidi, previously known as Bastakiya.

"We had an in-house team working on the design concept, and we also took inputs from a UAE-based architect, and another who is international, Al Halabi said.

"The in-house team also took in Dubai's traditional districts of Bastakiya and Fahidi districts, as well as toured souq locations in Oman and Qatar to get the true feel of heritage into the design."

As for the hospitality part of the Marsa Al Seef project, it is decidedly skewed towards a boutique flavour — there will be 200 rooms interspersed across the retail area, while another 300-room family hotel with additional 220 serviced apartments is also planned for construction in the hospitality sector of the Marsa Al Seef project.

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