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The reconstructed Old Municipal Street in Deira

Deira’s Old Municipal Street is now a pedestrian tourist corridor

DUBAI, February 19, 2024

The Old Municipal Street in Deira has transformed into a bustling commercial pedestrian tourist pass from a traditional thoroughfare, on completion of a reconstruction project by Dubai Municipality that carried out a comprehensive overhaul.

The initiative was aimed at enriching the experience of tourists and visitors and fostering commercial activity to encourage investors to expand their businesses in line with the street’s new identity.

Stretching from the Ras area to the renowned Gold Market, this revitalised street promises an immersive journey into the heart of Dubai’s rich heritage.

The project work encompassed paving of streets, installation of a new gate, lighting enhancements, and the integration of heritage elements such as the iconic Al Mandus. To ensure comfort and authenticity, the street features traditional seating areas and heritage-inspired umbrellas, offering tourists a glimpse into the historical essence of one of Dubai's oldest places.

Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, emphasised the strategic importance of the Old Municipal Street project as part of a broader initiative to rejuvenate Deira and Bur Dubai’s historic areas, as well as various heritage sites and markets across the emirate.

He said: “We are working towards making Dubai more attractive and aesthetic by providing attractive and integrated facilities while preserving the Emirate's historical architectural identity. This is to cement the status of Dubai as a premier global tourist destination that seamlessly merges contemporary allure with ancient cultural landmarks.

“Our main objective to revitalise the historic municipal street is to breathe new life into the traditional markets and landmarks of Dubai, while also enhancing the tourist experience through innovative approaches.

“This involves enriching the area's visual appeal with heritage-inspired elements that capture its unique identity, integrating recreational amenities, and creating pedestrian-friendly spaces. Additionally, we aim to activate and stimulate the adjacent markets to boost tourism attraction to the region.”

The Old Municipal Street is home to various heritage markets such as Gold, Dates, Fragrances, Al Ras, and Spices markets that overlook the banks of the Dubai Creek. – TradeArabia News Service

 




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