Abu Dhabi's Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and leading developer Modon Properties have announced details of the comprehensive renovation plan for designated areas of the historical Mina Zayed area.
In line with Abu Dhabi government's vision for the urban development of the emirate, the Mina Zayed Wharf is being redeveloped as part of an overall plan to revitalize designated areas in order to elevate its position as one of Abu Dhabi’s iconic landmarks.
The plans include a complete overhaul of the existing souks, including the fish market and plant souk, and the addition of a new seasonal market.
As per the plan, existing shops and markets will remain open to public throughout the redevelopment period. Shops will be transferred upon completion of the redevelopment projects, without affecting the businesses in the current markets.
"We are very proud to embark upon this new milestone for the redevelopment of Meena Zayed. Following the successful demolition of Meena Plaza, scheduled to take place on November 27, we look forward to advancing our plans in revitalizing the historic area," remarked Hamad Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Operations Affairs at the DMT.
"With our masterplan underway, we remain committed to contributing to the vision of our leadership to enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the world’s most appealing destinations, leading to growth and economic progress of the emirate," he stated.
Spanning over three million square meters, the expansive project is set to foster trade and investment operations in the capital, as well as support the urban development of Abu Dhabi while safeguarding the nation’s authentic identity and heritage.
The project will include a new fish market, plant souk, fruit and vegetable market, meat market, carpet souk, date souk, and a wholesale souk, he added.
Ahmed Al Shaikh Al Zaabi, Director of Delivery at Modon, said the main objective of this redevelopment was to consolidate all the significant markets and souks into one destination within the retail hub of Abu Dhabi.
"The strategic enhancements w ill focus on remaining true to the culture of the historic area in hopes to build community pride and maintain Mina Zayed’s decades-long legacy of importance in the capital," he added.