Forget Shopping Malls, A Floating Market is Coming to Dubai

Dubai is getting a floating market
Dubai is getting a floating market | @ walidphotos / Pixabay
Thais Kelly

It is no surprise that Dubai’s residents and people love fashion and shopping. The city is known worldwide for housing the largest shopping mall in the world, the Dubai Mall, as well as various other venues solely focused on selling unique goods to the public. However, for those looking for a truly unique shopping experience, BEYOUland is bringing the city’s first floating market to town.

Let’s face it, going to the mall can be exhausting. Malls are normally extremely crowded, with long lines and sometimes, barely any space to walk around. Besides, with so many beautiful outdoor places to see in Dubai, spending the day inside a shopping mall seems like a waste of time.

Dubai’s first floating market

With that in mind, BEYOUland is bringing its most unique market to date to Dubai. For fans of spots like Souk Madinat Jumeirah and the Gold and Spice Souks, this market will bring a whole new shopping experience to Dubai. This market, located in the Dubai Creek and anchored at Al Seef, will float over the waters of one of the most important historical places in the city.

The market will be composed of 17 boat-like boutiques, inspired by the traditional abra, a type of wooden boat that is used up until this day to take people across the creek. For those worried that the Dubai summer will reduce the floating market’s business, not to worry, the boat-boutiques will be refrigerated with air conditioning so shopping in the market will be a pleasant experience year-round.

What to expect

The venue will bring together local and international brands, which will be focused on art and fashion, as well as boats dedicated to food and beverages. BYOUland is expecting around 9 million visitors in the market’s first year alone, encouraging vendors to secure a spot in the market as soon as possible. This singular architectural project goes to show what Dubai has proved time and time again that it is a city that moves towards the future, without forgetting its history and traditions.

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