Hamriya beach is to be replanned after market moves to Al Warsan next week

New market in Al Warsan ready to become operational from 3rd July

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By  Eudore Chand Published  June 26, 2004

Dubai Municipality has indicated that it will re-plan the area along the in-city beach where the current Hamriya market stands. It said that the newly-built Central Vegetable & Fruits Market at Al Warsan has been fully completed and is ready for its official opening on the 3rd July. The existing market at Al Hamriya will be closed after this date as all the chillers and other facilities will be shifted to the new location on Emirates Road. “Planners and decision-makers have been thinking of shifting the market from Hamriya as far back as 30 years. “The location at Hamriya beach was not suitable anymore for the vegetable market as the area was put under re-planning. The old market in Hamriya was opened on the 12th May 1977,” said Mohammed Abdul Karim Julfar, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality for finance and properties affairs. “Since then studies and reviews have been taking place and a suitable area for shifting the market was being searched to accommodate the future expansions. Al Warsan was fixed after taking decision on many places and changing them later. It was decided upon Al Warsan after the Emirates Road was opened on 5th November 2000,” he said. Julfar said replacing the central market at Al Hamriya will help reduce traffic congestion in the existing market area. The location of the new market is most suitable for inter-state transportation and re-export of fruits and vegetable as it lies along Emirates Road, which connect Dubai with both Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates. He added that the new market has been provided with all the facilities to accommodate an increased number of traders and customers. Abdul Rahman Al Sharid, director of general maintenance department and head of the committee for shifting the market, said traders were given ample time to shift to the new place. “The municipality had waited until all the facilities, including the labour accommodation at the new market, were ready and operational before asking them to shift,” he said.

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