This project was an initiative by the Dubai Government / ICD to build a new fish market, so that the iconic 60 year old Deira Fish Market near the Gold Souq, can be replaced with a new state of the art facility, near to the Hamriya Free Zone, and also part of the Deira Waterfont Development.
Initial design by Arcadis was manual cleaning grease traps like Type C, a design and concept that’s been used in the U.A.E. for the last 40 years. The main design challenge was to find space in the areas allocated for equipments to accommodate a larger separator and to have a very safe practice for disposal of the effluent to protect the coastline.
With able support from our well wishers from Dubai Municipality (Basil Sadiq and Ahmed Azraq) and the Arcadis (Hyder) team consisting of Ashlyn Almeida, Benoy John and Greg Biernat, we started reworking on flow rates of the separator, locations and most importantly, locations of effluent disposal without harming the natural environment. Accommodating separators in certain locations was a challenge right until the time the Contractor was ready to release the order.
The doors of this new facility opened in January 2017. With 100,000 sq. mtrs.of floor space, the market sells fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and fish. In addition to the market, the building provides restaurant and café facilities as well as berthing for yachts and fishing vessels. The Fish Market is expected to receive as many as 500,000 visitors a month.