If you are looking for places to check out in the capital this weekend, the newly opened Marsa Mina could fit the bill perfectly.
The brand-new waterfront lifestyle destination has boutiques, restaurants and food trucks for visitors to explore, as well as a kids' play area and 1,163 metres of street art murals.
Located near the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in Mina Zayed, it will be the first stop for any visitors to the capital arriving by cruise ship. It is also expected to be a popular lifestyle destination for UAE residents. In keeping with the port setting, the retail units are housed in recycled shipping containers, which have been given a colourful update with street art and graffiti.
Scroll through the gallery above for a look at Marsa Mina.
Where Marsa Mina, Abu Dhabi is located:
“Marsa Mina is an exciting addition to the Abu Dhabi cruise experience and signifies our commitment towards developing [Mina Zayed] as a unique leisure destination for the UAE community and for tourists arriving to the emirate via cruise ships," Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports, said of the opening.
“In addition to further promoting Abu Dhabi as a unique destination for leisure and business, the new waterfront is also envisioned to serve as a platform for entrepreneurial initiatives by providing small and medium-sized home-grown projects the opportunity to develop and promote their businesses. This project reflects our commitment to supporting the economy diversification in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030."
The destination is open 24/7 and offers free parking to visitors. It is expected to host live music and events in the near future.
Daily, open 24 hours; Marsa Mina, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi; www.marsamina.ae