The capital has unveiled plans for a new souk development to be built near the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

The project, which is being built by private developer Al Qudra Holding, features design elements based on an embroidery pattern typically found on abayas.

The Dh700 million mixed-use space, which was unveiled during Cityscape Abu Dhabi, will be located between Maqta Bridge and Al Khaleej Al Arabi street.

At 245,000 square metres, the development will include a traditional covered Arabic-style retail souk, specialty shops, food and beverage outlets as well as an area for handicraft kiosks, flower shops and an organic fruit and vegetable market.

Best of all, the souk will also link to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s visitor centre through underground pedestrian facilities.

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Al Qudra also announced another new project to be built in the capital during Cityscape. The Al Sadu Towers will see five luxury high-rise buildings built on Reem Island. The mixed-use space will also feature unique design elements – this time inspired by the traditional Emirati form of weaving textiles called sadu. The towers will contain 1,360 apartments that overlook the mangroves in addition to 9,000 square metres of retail, food and beverages outlets.