|20 November, 2019

Seven reasons to celebrate UAE national day at the new-look souk madinat jumeirah

The 21st century Souk will host an extensive lineup of cultural entertainment, an Arabian-inspired art showcase, family-friendly activities and a celebratory 'Spend & Win'

Seven reasons to celebrate UAE national day at the new-look souk madinat jumeirah

Dubai, UAE – The new-look Souk Madinat Jumeirah is giving residents and tourists seven wonderful reasons to head down to the authentic Arabian bazaar to celebrate the 48th UAE National Day.

  • Live Entertainment

The adventure begins at the entrance of the Souk, where at 3:30pm, visitors will be welcomed by camels, oud players, falconry and a National Day themed florist display in the fountain. The first of two enthralling performances at the amphitheatre starts at 4pm and includes a 30-man Ayala stick dancing group, a recital of the Spirit of The Union and more. The entire performance and journey will be repeated at 6pm. 

  • Time-honoured cultural traditions

The redesigned walkways will be packed with time-honored traditions from Lugaimat sweet making, decorative henna application, and talli weaving, as well as the live entertainment, all offering a modern glimpse of the past on this celebratory occasion.

  • Arabian-inspired commissioned artworks

A true art and culture hub, guests walking through the corridors will be able to witness for the first time the collection of Arabian-inspired contemporary artworks created by local artists.

  • Expanded food and beverage portfolio by the waterways

For visitors who have worked up an appetite exploring the redesigned Souk, there are over 25 international venues that make up Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s restaurant portfolio, offering customers aplenty of cuisines to suit different tastes and budgets.

  • Spend & Win opportunity to thrill foodies and travel enthusiasts

A bumper ‘spend & win’ competition aimed at UAE residents runs from National Day for two weeks. Visitors spending a minimum of Dhs300 at any of the Souk’s restaurants are eligible to enter a draw to win the ultimate foodie holiday to the Big Apple! The prize includes five nights for two people in New York City with a meal for two at one of Manhattan’s iconic Michelin star restaurants.

Across the Souk, tourists and residents will find plenty of locations with stunning views of the Burj Al Arab for those looking to capture that perfect shot.

  • First look photos!

Visitors will be among the first to view the new-look Souk Madinat Jumeirah with plenty of opportunities to capture memories to mark the 48th National Day celebrations.

With so much to experience, the modern marketplace is a must-visit destination for friends, families and tourists this 2nd December.


About Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Throughout the history of Arabia, souks have functioned as cultural, social, economic and political hubs for local communities and meeting points for merchants on vital trade routes. Today, souks serve as a reminder that ancient culture retains an intrinsic power; a root to the past and a branch for a collective future.

Lying in the heart of the iconic Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Souk Madinat Jumeirah recreates the traditional Middle Eastern marketplace through distinctive architecture, commercial exchange and lively cultural entertainment. It is a home of artistic expression, juxtaposed with myriad barrows, stalls and restaurants.

From spices and slippers to locally made handicrafts and jewellery, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic Arabian bazaar.  Wander labyrinthine corridors under ornate lanterns and carved wood while a troupe of traditional dancers tell tales of times long past.

Arrive by car, or by abra – a traditional Arabian boat - and stay for an hour, a day or an evening. With over 25 restaurants, Souk Madinat Jumeirah offers a wealth of culinary choice and rich cultural entertainment. Stop for a coffee, a light lunch, or a memorable dinner against the enchanting backdrop of the Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s most impressive landmarks.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is operated by Dubai Retail, the retail management arm of Dubai Holding.

Opening Times

Shops: 10:00 – 23:00

Restaurants: 08:00 – 02:00

About Dubai Retail

Dubai Retail, the retail management arm of Dubai Holding, focuses on developing, operating and managing the company’s extensive range of strategically located retail assets across prime destinations and communities. This primarily supports the growth and expansion of local and global retail partners through the delivery of holistic, convenient and diverse retail solutions. With a retail footprint spanning two million square feet, its 13 mixed-use properties comprise over 1,000 multi-format units across eight key locations in the city.

The company’s differentiated portfolio incorporates Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a premier beachfront attraction, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most sought-after tourist destinations, and the Boulevard at Emirates Towers District, situated in the heart of the city’s financial hub, as well as Bay Avenue and Bay Square in Business Bay. Its community centres cater to a wide catchment within popular suburban districts, such as Mudon, Al Waha and Layan in Dubailand, Shorooq in Mirdif, Al Khail Gate in Al Quoz, and the new neighbourhoods of Dubai Wharf and Manazel Al Khor at Jaddaf Waterfront along Dubai Creek.

Dubai Retail’s portfolio includes an F&B component in Sarood Hospitality, a homegrown independent leader in restaurant management and world-class concept development. The full-service hospitality brand’s portfolio includes Al Nafoorah, The Noodle House, Pierchic, Flow, The Duck Hook, Hillhouse Brasserie, Khaymat Al Bahar, Pai Thai, Perry & Blackwelder’s, Segreto and Trattoria Toscana.

For media enquiries, please contact: MCS Action at dubairetail@actionprgroup.com , or go direct to Diksha Chadha on +971 50 9506 564

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