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| 20 April, 2017

Abu Dhabi Municipality to build community markets at Yas Island, Al Wathba City and Al Shamkha City

Image used for illustrative purpose. A woman wears a niqab as she pushes her caddy in Carrefour, the world's second-biggest retailer, as she shops in Doha.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A woman wears a niqab as she pushes her caddy in Carrefour, the world's second-biggest retailer, as she shops in Doha.

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Abu Dhabi establishing community markets with private sector in these areas is to raise standard of living in the city.

ABU DHABI, 19th April, 2017 (WAM) -- The Abu Dhabi City Municipality, ADM, signed three agreements on Wednesday for building community markets at Yas Island, Al Wathba City and Al Shamkha City during its participation in Cityscape 2017.

Musabbah Mubarak Al Murar, Acting General Manager of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said, "In partnership with the private sector, the municipality will construct the community market project at Yas Island over an area of 13,000 square metres, with a cost tag of AED65 million." "The community market is Al Wathba market, with a floor area of 5,000 square metres, and at a cost of AED21 million," elaborated Al Murar.

"Another community market is Al Shamkha Community Market Project, which occupies a floor area 16,000 square metres, and costs nearly AED68 million.'' An agreement has been signed to design, construct, operate and invest a Community Market Project in Baniyas, located on land plot number (C16) in Sector (EB2 - 03), with a floor area of 9,000 square metres at an estimated cost of AED45 million.

"An AED160 million Community Market will be built in Shakhbut city.

This two-year project has a floor area of 33,000 square metres," added Al Murar.

"The municipality also plans to construct a community market in Mohammed Bin Zayed City in co-operation with the private sector, spanning an area of 36,000 square metres, costing about AED170 million." "Finally, the municipality is planning to establish a community market project in Khalifa City, attached to Al Raha Park, with a floor area of 2,700 square metres, costing some AED15 million," he said.

"One of the key objectives of establishing community markets in these areas is to raise the standard of living in the city and residential areas by providing convenience stores and high-quality service facilities. The community centres will also meet the aspirations of the neighbourhood, promote social life, bring happiness to people and nurture a healthy environment for business, shopping and entertainment." "The projects aim to utilise public spaces in establishing quality projects, as these markets will provide service and shopping facilities with top specifications to improve the standard of living in these areas," Al Murar stated.

''The Modern Community Markets in the suburbs of Abu Dhabi, comprising seven markets at a total cost of about AED 550 million," he noted.

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