Visitors to Boxpark enjoy classic Al Ayala dance performances during Saudi National Day
Dubai, UAE, 23 September 2018: Taking a traditional and patriotic turn to celebrate the 88th Saudi National Day, Boxpark, the hip urban destination by Meraas, showcased the classic Emirati Al Ayala victory dance through roaming performances much to the delight of visitors.
The ‘stick dance’, featuring two rows of men standing face-to-face, chanting traditional Bedouin tunes and waving their sticks to the rhythmic beat of drums, was enlisted on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2014.
Boxpark is Meraas’ offering to Dubai’s high street retail, outdoor dining and entertainment proposition. Offering distinctive retail experiences and quirky dining options in a hip and modern setting, the destination spanning 1.2 kilometres is located on Al Wasl Road.
Boxpark is inspired by urban renewal projects, combining the finest in contemporary architecture with the aesthetics of warehouse containers. An industrial character dominates the project’s design across all its aspects, including the fixtures and open spaces.
Boxpark seeks to debut local and international concepts in its stores comprising world-class retail, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment brands. The destination currently hosts 45 stores and serves as a go-to space for artists and entertainers.
Meraas is dedicated to making Dubai and the UAE better for people to live, work and play in. We design for a diverse mix of people to stimulate a creative urban culture where the next generation of ideas, businesses and communities can take root. Our investments ensure a better future for generations to come and extend across different sectors including food, retail, leisure, hospitality, health and education. Our destinations, which include City Walk, The Beach, Boxpark, Last Exit, The Outlet Village, Kite Beach, Al Seef, La Mer, The Yard and Bluewaters, are open places for communities to socialise, explore, learn, play, create and innovate.