Abu Dhabi, 26 July 2022: The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) announced the opening of the new fish market in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed district in collaboration with Modon Properties, the developer behind the project.The new fish market is poised to be a distinct destination in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s renowned portfolio of historic landmarks.

The project follows the best international standards for developing community markets and provides the best services and facilities for shop owners. The new market offers a unique shopping experience with the design incorporating themes associated to the legacy of Abu Dhabi’s fishing trade and preserves the fish market’s history of more than forty years.

The new fish market features eight restaurants and 44 fish cleaning stations, and commercial spaces and services. In addition to a supermarket with a variety of services, there are 104 fresh fish stalls, eight dry fish stalls, four fruits andvegetables stalls, and three commercial kiosks.

H.E. Dr. Salem Al Kaabi, Director General of Operations Affairs at the Department of Municipalities and Transportsaid:”The new venue reflects the legacy of Abu Dhabi’s fish trading and fishing industry, which is well-known in the region.DMT considers the preservation of cultural elements to be an integral part of the emirate’s urban development strategy to achieve sustainable development.”

“The newly opened fish market will undoubtedly be a significant attraction for the residents and visitors of the emirate due to its design, apart from contributing to the growth of businesses related to the fish market.”

Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Zaabi, Director of Delivery at Modon Properties, said: “Construction at the Mina Zayed redevelopment project is proceeding in full swing, and the project is expected to be completed within the specified timeframe.

“A key part of Modon’s real estate strategy is to integrate advanced architectural techniques in all of its projects and align with Abu Dhabi’s sustainable development goals. We will continue to deliver modern experiences tailored to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in Abu Dhabi and help bolster its reputation as the best place to live, work, and visit.”

The Mina Zayed redevelopment project includes renovating the markets and commercial spaces.In addition to revamping the fishers’ port, the project includes the development of the fish market,fruit and vegetable market, meat market, carpet market,dates market, and the wholesale market.


About the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT)

The Department of Municipalities and Transport was established by Law No. 30 of 2019, and its main priorities are to realize the vision of the leadership which draws on the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to embrace progress by placing great value on the importance of pursuing development in line with both the needs of present and future generations and the community in general.

The authority embodies the values of good governance, driven by the needs of the community it serves and working with a passion to accomplish its aims. The Department focuses on finding the most effective means of providing essential, modern, responsive and comprehensive municipal services across three regional municipalities, and supports Abu Dhabi’s global position as a leader in innovation-led urban planning and transportation, as part of the Abu Dhabi government’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards to the benefit of all citizens and residents of the emirate. 

The DMT is responsible for continually investing in the development of better infrastructure, facilities and transportation sectors within the emirate, guiding, regulating and monitoring urban development to enhance Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a world-class destination to live, work and visit.

The DMT also ensures the highest standards of safety, security, sustainability and technological development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s land, air and maritime transport networks, in accordance with the highest international standards and the UAE’s legislation with the objective of being the region’s connection to the world.

The Department’s aspirations are driven by the simple proposition of innovating and building sustainable smart cities, fostering a capacity to change and adapt in order to maintain excellence in services and sustaining prosperity for future generations, allowing the entire Abu Dhabi community to reach their full potential.

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About Modon

Modon Properties was established in January 2018 as a real estate development company, mandated by the Government of Abu Dhabi to develop leisure, recreational, and sports destinations. The company works in line with the goals of Abu Dhabi’s Future Plan, supporting the Emirate’s economic success and keeping pace with its future growth.

Through developing multi-use strategic projects, Modon aims to offer citizens, residents, and visitors with an optimal experience of Abu Dhabi.

About the Fish Market

The Mina Zayed fish market has served as the main seafood market in Abu Dhabi for over three decades. It has served as the lifeline of seafood trade, with a rich history that has witnessed the growth and progress of the emirate. Spreading across 6,945 sqm, the architectural elements of the fish market will be maintained whilst re-purposing the interiors to accommodate new shops and other facilities. The project includes the preservation of the facade of the existing fish market and repurposing the interiors to meet the main development objective of the Fisherman’s Wharf masterplan. ​The existing fish market is one of 8 markets/souks around the Wharf included within the master plan development. ​

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