Dubai Holding brings to the city vibrant retail destinations and community centres, recognising the importance of retail as a major contributor to Dubai’s diverse economy and facilitating the ongoing growth of the sector and tourism overall.
Attracting Retail Investment across Leading Destinations
Dubai Holding Asset Management’s retail portfolio includes some of Dubai‘s most iconic destinations that have elevated the city’s position as a global centre for tourism and leisure. It operates 20 leading urban retail destinations and has a wide-ranging footprint that spans 3.7 million sq.ft of gross leasable retail space across the city.
It works closely with partners and investors to create retail investment opportunities attracting local, regional and international brands to Dubai.
With an exclusive selection of premium retail, dining and entertainment experiences, Bluewaters is a modern, family-oriented island destination that blends waterfront views with the exhilaration of urban city life. Its vibrant lifestyle boulevard offers over 160 retail and dining concepts, ranging from high-end restaurants to intimate bistros, and is home to Ain Dubai, the largest observation wheel in the world, as well as Madame Tussauds.
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a vibrant 1.7 km beachfront promenade, is home to hundreds of retail outlets, ranging from boutiques to international high street and premium retail stores, and is interspersed with food & beverage outlets representing a multitude of homegrown and international cuisines.
Business Bay is home to prime retail spaces as well. The district is a thriving mixed-use residential, commercial, hospitality and retail hub. Within Business Bay, Bay Avenue and Bay Square offer 30,000 m2 of retail space across their ground and plaza levels, allowing retail outlets to serve the bustling area.
Dubai Holding’s retail and lifestyle destinations City Walk, La Mer and The Beach are operated by Merex Investment, a joint venture between Dubai Holding and Brookfield Asset Management.
Destinations with a Focus on Local Culture and Heritage
Combining the classic charm of Dubai with its modern drive, Al Seef embraces old and new to provide a unique shopping and dining experience. From Arabic to American, Indian to Emirati, a vast array of global cuisine can be found within the heritage-inspired destination. Located close to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the bustling area encompasses over 80 retail outlets.
Located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic Arabian bazaar which recreates the traditional Middle Eastern marketplace through distinctive architecture, commercial exchange and lively cultural entertainment. The renovated 16,000 m2 space is home to designer boutiques, traditional craft shops, intimate galleries and major brand stores. Souk Madinat Jumeirah launched immersive art project Souk Seven in 2019 to bring the rich cultural heritage of the Emirates to new audiences. The ongoing collection of artworks and installations created by seven renowned UAE-based artists, transforming the 21st century souk into a living canvas.
Premium Lifestyle Destinations
In stark contrast to the traditional bazaar-like ambience of Souk Madinat Jumeirah, The Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers offers a premium, lifestyle-shopping destination with niche brand food & beverage choices within a bright, spacious podium between the two iconic towers in Dubai International Financial Centre.
The Outlet Village is one of our other upscale retail destinations, offering a unique value shopping experience in a Tuscan-style environment with architecture inspired by the medieval hill town, San Gimignano. Located in close proximity to Dubai Parks and Resorts, it is an ideal shopping destination to pick up statement pieces at fabulous prices. The Outlet Village is home to over 500international high-end brands, including department stores and international dining establishments.
For those who want to visit a destination ‘like no other’, Boxpark offers an out-of-the-box experience for foodies and shoppers. Beneath its green, yellow, orange, blue and grey hip industrial exterior is a family-friendly retail destination for the young at heart. Standing on Al Wasl Road, it is packed with more than 15 cafés and restaurants that boast local and international flavours, as well as unique shops hawking original products that can only be found at Boxpark.
Last Exit is another example of a unique retail destination as the first-of-its-kind themed food truck concept offering a selection of fresh and tasty gourmet street food in a fun and convenient atmosphere. Each of the current four locations have its own theme, which is created using upcycled materials, with entertainment for all ages to explore and discover, and a range of convenient services and amenities.
Enhancing Community Retail Experiences
Mudon, Serena, Villanova and Layan on Al Qudra Road; Shorooq in Mirdif; Al Khail Gate in Al Quoz; Bay Avenue and Bay Square in Business Bay, and the neighbourhoods of Dubai Wharf and Manazel Al Khor at Jaddaf Waterfront along Dubai Creek are prime examples of thriving residential communities, all with excellent retail amenities including supermarkets, pharmacies, salons and dining outlets within easy reach.
The latest addition to the community retail experience, offering local residents a shopping and dining experience in harmony with nature is Al Khawaneej Walk. With its greenhouse-inspired architectural design, the community centre provides a wide array of choices from local fashion to high-quality beauty products, along with other necessities such as supermarkets and optics.
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