Inspired by the traditional architecture of the Middle East, Central Market is a modern interpretation of the traditional bazaar, selling almost every conceivable product, from luxury goods to food and artisan crafts. Like the traditional souk, these different experiences are brought together in a sensory interior palette of dappled sunlight, warm woods, colours and running water. An intimate sequence of streets, alleys, courtyards, balconies and colonnades dissolve barriers between inside and outside, with flexible sliding roofs and walls to enable control of internal environments. The retail areas are richly textured and patterned, with louvres and ornate detailing in wood, terracotta, ceramic tiles and stone; and employ a repeated octagonal motif, which is particularly well suited to the building’s monumental scale.


Facts + Figures

  • Appointment: 2006
  • Completion: 2011
  • Client: Aldar Properties
  • Collaborating Architect: Planar

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Opening Hours:

Sunday - Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 10am - 11pm