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S IMPLY ABU DHABI
EXPLORING AND CONNECTING
Aldar is looking to create and improve places where the community can gather for shared experiences
to treasure. Appealing to residents and tourists alike, there are many places waiting to be explored. By
tapping into the history of the region and combining traditional elements withmore contemporary twists,
Aldar hope to connect communities within environments where they are free to explore.
Central Market
Abu Dhabi’s Central Market is a mixed-use development
that already plays a significant part of the region’s history.
Featuring two towers –The Domain and Trust Tower –
and a hotel, the development will include apartments, an
Arabian Souk, restaurants, luxury offices, hotels and car
parking with capacity of 5,000 cars. The Souk is a vibrant
handicrafts retail heaven, that perfectly complements
the fashion orientated Emporium situated adjacent. The
tallest of the towers –The Domain – will stand at 382m
becoming Abu Dhabi’s tallest building. The development
has been unfolding in phases from 2010 and is expected
to be complete in 2012. We simply had to bring you the
story so far...
The Domain at Central Market
If luxury living delights you then picture yourself living
at the centre of a vibrant lifestyle, surrounded by all the
hub of activity, business ventures and entertainment that
Central Market attracts. Welcome to Abu Dhabi’s most
prestigious address – the Domain. Part of the Central
Market development this 88-storey residential building
will offer one to five bedroom opulent apartments
designed to the highest specifications. Having visited
Abu Dhabi’s Central Market for ourselves we can fully
appreciate the appeal of living within the remarkable
Domain development set against the stunning horizon
and benefitting from gentle sea breezes. This dramatic
382m tower presents an attractive combination of one-to
four-bedroom apartments overlooking the Glistening blue
waters of the Arabian Gulf located just seconds away from
Abu Dhabi Corniche. Standing magnificently against the
Abu Dhabi skyline at an imposing 382m, the Domain will
become Abu Dhabi’s tallest building expressing the heart
of the city – a genuine sight to behold. The tower has a
total floor area of 80,000sqm comprising 474 apartments
and will house two swimming pools, health clubs, a
residents’ lounge and a stunning sky garden.
With the impressive structural construction complete,
work continues to put in place the building’s internal
operations. Standing in the Central Market, it all sounds
good to us and we can wait to return on completion to
see the Domain in all its glory. Complete with fantastic
fitness and secure underground parking facilities, you
have the freedom to relax in the seclusion of your luxury
apartment or take the opportunity to engage with the
social activity on your doorstep, with direct access
to Emporium. With a fabulous central location and
breathtaking panoramic sea views who wouldn’t want
to be part of this exclusive lifestyle? The Domain is a
place where you can come and live life at your own pace,
benefitting from the energy of your Central Market
setting or indulging in the privacy of your home. It’s
important in life to strike a balance and what a balance to
strike!
The Souk at Central Market
For a truly authentic Middle Eastern market experience,
there can be no better way to spend a few hours than
exploring the diverse range of products available at The
Souk at Central Market. As Lord Foster, Chairman and
Founder of Fosters and Partners can testify;
“The Souk at Central Market combines traditional
elements of the souk with a contemporary experience.
A variety of colours, sights and sounds and spaces that
invites exploration.”
We can fully endorse his point of view as our visit to the
Souk indulged all our senses, not to mention our passion
for shopping and picking up bargains and traditional
wares. There is so much to discover at the Souk which for
over 40 years now has continued to evolve. You simply
have to experience this magical place which holds such
a special place in the history of Abu Dhabi. In the early
1960s, when the capital began to thrive, the city centre
became home to a large commercial souk. Since then the
souk has remained a focal point for both citizens and
tourists, and the hub of trade where merchants from the
UAE and beyond congregate to bargain for wares from
across the Gulf. Now, recreated as a light, airy space that
fuses Arabian heritage with a more contemporary vibe, the
stunning and beautifully atmospheric traditional Arabian
Souk at Central Market has been built over an area of
14,500 sq m. It will feature 300 shops and 20 restaurants
and cafes set across three levels, with areas ranging
between 40 sq m and 50 sq m. Nearly 50 per cent of the
shops have been leased to investors from the UAE and
elsewhere. After a few contented hours winding our way
through the colourful stalls, soaking up the ambience, we
picked up a fantastic watch and some beautiful perfume.
The Souk is also the perfect place for electronics, gifts,
spices and jewellery with so much choice and so many
unique pieces on offer you may be rendered speechless!
We fully recommend a trip to this delightful modern
market set in traditional, yet modern surroundings.
Emporium at Central Market
Here is a prestigious shopping address for your Abu Dhabi
address book – the Emporium at Central Market. On
track to become Abu Dhabi’s leading fashion destination
with a range of superlative retail outlets enticing shoppers
from afar, within its Central Market location, Emporium
is conveniently placed for its main consumers – Emirates
and expatriates, as well as being a vibrant destination
to entice tourists looking to spend. Set across five
spacious levels, Emporium is connected to The Souk at
Central Market by a retail bridge spanning the length of
Khalifa Street, which has been intentionally designed to
encourage shoppers to visit both complementary retail
destinations. The elegant multi-level podium stretches
across 62,000sqm incorporating 165 shops, welcoming
cafes and restaurants. Aldar has begun leasing shops
inside the Emporium, with over 60% of retail space
currently leased. The widely anticipated full-scale opening
of the Emporium is scheduled for the third quarter of
2012. Emporium will be home to the first House of Fraser
department store in the Middle East, with over 10,000
sqm of retail space, as well as an 8-screen Grand Cinemas
and a Spinneys supermarket. Nabil Daud, Managing
Director and CEO, Retail Arabia International, said;
“The signing of House of Fraser for the Middle
East marked a very important step for Retail Arabia
International. It is with great excitement that we look at
launching this iconic brand in Abu Dhabi as the anchor to
the Emporium, Central Market.”
Widely promoted as Abu Dhabi’s high-fashion
destination, Emporium will also welcome many new
brands that will be new to Abu Dhabi including Aspinal
of London, Disney Fashion Store, True Religion,
DKNY,M&CO, Pandora, Gerry Webber, Karen Millen,
Alison Neilson’s Chocolate Bar and Fatburger, with
many more expected to follow. There will also be 150
chic boutiques offering an intriguing mix of local and
international brands, and over 25 restaurants and cafes
with roof terraces and gardens, will make the ideal pit stop
for a break from all that shopping, relaxing and indulging
in some delicious refreshment before getting straight
back to those shops – well, you wouldn’t want to miss
any! With over 5,000 secure underground parking spaces,
and in easy access from the neighbouring streets, weekly
footfall is expected to be high. We will most certainly
be walking through those doors into retail heaven when
Emporium opens next year and we will return with all the
insider news.
Educating the adults of tomorrow
As everyone knows, to invest in a brighter future means
investment now in the people who will be part of that
future so we have been impressed to learn about the
invaluable work of Aldar Academies as they support the
Abu Dha Education Authorities in their quest to raise
the standards of educational provision throughout the
Emirate. They are dedicated to empowering the youth of
the nation to achieve great success in order to contribute
positively to the future of the region.