The Municipality of Abu Dhabi yesterday invited bids from private sector developers for its 150,000 square metre traditional souk project, it said in a statement.
Bids invited for souq project
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi yesterday invited bids from private-sector developers for its 150,000 square metre traditional souq project, it said in a statement.
The traditional souq will be located opposite the Maqtaa Tower, between Sheikh Zayed and Al Maqtaa Bridges, and "will comprise a modern waterfront experience; featuring a traditional retail souq, food and beverage, entertainment and leisure outlets, combined with an open-air performance space and new hospitality offerings.
It will link to Khalifa Park and Sheikh Zayed Mosque, two of Abu Dhabi's biggest attractions". Rushed bin Ali Al Omaira, an adviser on investments and assets for the general manager's office at Abu Dhabi Municipality, said: "The Municipality of Abu Dhabi is in discussion with a wide range of strategic partners to determine important infrastructure requirements for the project, such as electricity, water and sanitation, marine links to the souq and the surrounding environment, as well as tourism marketing, all of which are critical to delivering a successful project."
The Municipality is working closely with the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Emirates Heritage Club and has also engaged residents and tourists in an audit to help determine some of the Emirati traditions and heritage elements that should be taken into consideration."