The renovation will include improving the traffic flow at the entrance…

Souk Madinat has been a staple part of Dubai’s tourism industry since its inception in 2004, with residents and visitors flocking in their thousands to spend the day there. And now the busy shopping and leisure destination is getting an upgrade.

Dubai Holdings, the developer behind Souk Madinat Jumeirah, announced in a statement that they would be conducting major renovation works to the popular tourist spot over the next three months.

The renovations plans include updating the 15-year-old property’s interior, developing a dedicated taxi entrance and a separate bus parking area to optimise the flow of traffic and reduce waiting times for visitors arriving by car or bus. The current one-way system can cause major congestion during busy times and the new upgrade aims to smooth this process.

The road updates will be managed in conjunction with RTA, and will not disturb the hotel access or any events taking place in Madinat Jumeirah. The renovation also plans to ease access to the conference centres.

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 and build on its reputation as one of Dubai’s most iconic leisure – and entertainment-led retail destinations.”

We hope that the interior updates don’t deter too much away from Souk Madinat’s authentic Middle Eastern style, which gives it that traditional Arabian character. The souk is home to over 25 cafés and restaurants including folly by Nick & Scott, Trader Vic’s and Belgian Beer Café.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah, Dubai, 10am to 11pm, daily.

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