What’s happening to Mina Zayed

Phase 2 of the Mina Zayed redevelopment plan starts, here’s what to expect.

Phase 2 of the ambitious Mina Zayed redevelopment project has just kicked off with plans to change the face of the historic Mina Zayed area.

In line with Abu Dhabi government’s vision for the urban development of the emirate, the Mina Zayed Wharf is being redeveloped as part of an overall plan to revitalize designated areas in order to elevate its position as one of Abu Dhabi’s iconic landmarks.  

The plans include a complete overhaul of the existing souks, including the fish market and plant souk, and the addition of a new seasonal market. As per the plan, existing shops and markets will remain open to public throughout the redevelopment period.

Shops will be transferred upon completion of the redevelopment projects, without affecting the businesses in the current markets. 

To make way for the grand new designs, old buildings along the wharf front and the four Mina Plaza Towers are being demolished.

GB Demolition

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of the towers collapsing, it’s planned for November 27 and the demolition of the towers will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Spanning over three million square meters, the expansive project is set to foster trade and investment operations in the capital, as well as support the urban development of Abu Dhabi while safeguarding the nation’s authentic identity and heritage. 

The project will include a new fish market, plant souk, fruit and vegetable market, meat market, carpet souk, date souk, and a wholesale souk.

Regeneration plans revealed for historic Abu Dhabi trading hub

Ahmed Al Shaikh Al Zaabi, Director of Delivery at Modon, said the main objective of this redevelopment was to consolidate all the significant markets and souks into one destination within the retail hub of Abu Dhabi.  “The strategic enhancements will focus on remaining true to the culture of the historic area in hopes to build community pride and maintain Mina Zayed’s decades-long legacy of importance in the capital,” he added.

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