Dubai Holding has started renovation works at Souk Madinat Jumeirah to improve traffic access to the venue, it announced on Wednesday.
Conducted in collaboration with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the renovations cover the interior areas and the main entrance, including the entrance to the conference halls, a statement said.
It will also include a complete redevelopment of the arterial roadways leading to and from the venue to reduce waiting times for those arriving by car or bus.
A dedicated taxi entrance and queue line will be developed, along with a separate bus parking area to relieve congestion and provide easy entry and exit.
Works will be carried out “without impacting the access to the surrounding hotels or to the events taking place at Madinat Jumeirah”, the statement said.
The revamp, which will be completed over the next three months, is part of a wider plan for the destination, the statement added, without elaborating further.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah – designed to resemble the traditional Arabian markets – features boutiques, souvenir shops, and luxury jewellery brands. It also has over 25 restaurants and cafés.
Khalid Al Malik, managing director of Dubai Holding, said: “Since its inception more than 15 years ago, Madinat Jumeirah has been a cornerstone of Dubai’s tourism industry, consistently drawing in millions of visitors annually.
“The current upgrade aims to not only improve the destination’s connectivity and infrastructure, but to also reimagine its core offerings.”
Souk Madinat Jumeirah is part of the wider Madinat Jumeirah resort that features four luxury hotels with over 1,200 hotel rooms and suites, restaurants, as well as conference and banqueting facilities, including two grand ballrooms, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre, and the multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena.
The facilities are interconnected by three kilometres of waterways and landscaped gardens.