Waterfront Market opened to public on 12th June with fish traders welcoming customers to the new, state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Dubai. The opening marks the start of new era for the community, continuing the heritage of trade and fresh food, now in a world-class facility.
The new 100,000+ SqM market includes a fish market and auction area, a fruit and vegetables market, a meat and poultry market, and stores for dry goods, spices, dates, honey and a lot more. In addition, the market features a hypermarket, a mix of retail stores, office space and a beautiful promenade area for cafes and restaurants.
During their first week of business at the new market, the traders have expressed their delight at the ultra-modern facilities, which offer amazing prospects for their trade. A number of leading traders believe the Waterfront Market is perfectly in line with Dubai’s tourism 2020 vision, and set to become a winning attraction in the region, bringing increased footfall, better awareness, and an enhanced trading experience for them. The modern, air-conditioned and hygienic facilities considerably improve the working conditions for the traders and enhance the shopping experience for the customers.
Facilities that help businesses grow
The new facilities offer much higher hygienic standards with separate washing stations, cleaning and cutting stations as well as a fully air circulated odour controlled environment. Cold storage room, chiller and freezer facilities are dedicated for vegetables, fish and meat produce ensuring they are kept fresher for longer.
Facilities that improve conditions for traders
The fishermen can now unload direct from their dhows at the pontoons with the freshest fish being delivered direct from the sea. Traders have better loading bays for organising fresh meat and dry goods. The new air conditioned auction is enclosed with its own ice plant, which delivers fresh ice on demand and helps keep food products fresh.
Facilities that enhance comfort for shoppers
The Waterfront Market has pioneered a proprietary ‘freshness and hygiene’ initiative consisting of innovative procedures, staff training and stringent inspections to ensure that all products on display are handled hygienically and remain fresh.
Facilities that attract more customers
Along with the fresh food markets, there will be a bazaar for retail, creating a one-stop-shop for all customers. There are restaurants, coffee shops, a dried fruit & herb market as well as an open facing promenade that looks out on the corniche where shoppers can go for leisurely strolls, which add to the attraction of the market.