Deira fish market project to be completed ahead of schedule

Dh9.97m project expected to be completed by July

Gulf News

Dubai: The new fish market in Deira is gradually taking form, as officials confirmed yesterday that it will be completed by July — several months before its intended completion date.

The Dh9.97 million project was launched in February 2013, which covers a total area of 3,000 square meters, is around 75 per cent completed.

Upon completion, the market will follow the city’s new Green Building Code as part of the civic body’s bid to create a sustainable city and preserve the environment.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, visited the construction site yesterday, pointed out that it is set to become the emirate’s next tourist point of interest.

“The Fish Market will not only be a place to buy goods, but will become a bridge between the past and the present, where tourists will be able to overlook the sea and be part of the daily morning auctions of fish — which is the traditional way of doing business among fishermen,” said Lootah.

Parking spaces

The current fish market is next to Deira Corniche and is home to an abundant number of boats that dock there on a daily basis and fish will be sold to vendors and visitors at auctions, from as early as 5am.

According to officials at Dubai Municipality, the fish market will include 770 underground parking spaces, in addition to 700 outdoor parking spaces.

“The second phase consists of a marine package and that includes a walkway. A key wall will also be constructed at a length of 600 metres, and that is what will separate the water and the land,” said Mohammad Mashroom, director of general projects department at Dubai Municipality.

“A pontoon will be built, and that is one of the major features of the fish market as it will have a capacity of 65 boats, enabling them to load and unload their fish,” he said, adding that the project will be completed by the end of the year.

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