One Deira: Dubai's new megaproject with a mall on top of a metro station

One of the city's oldest districts is slowly being transformed

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A crucial part of a Dubai megaproject that will reshape one of the city’s oldest districts will soon open.

One Deira has a shopping mall atop a metro station, offices and a hotel.

It is part of the larger Deira Enrichment Project that includes waterfront residences, shops and restaurants overlooking Dubai Creek.

Master developers Ithra Dubai said on Monday that One Deira had been completed, state news agency Wam reported.

A decision on when it will open to the public is expected soon.

One of the most striking parts of the project is the fact it is connected to the Gold Souq metro station on Dubai’s Green Line.

Many cities around the world, such as Tokyo and Hong Kong, have combined shopping centres with transport hubs. Dubai is the latest. One Deira includes a metro station, bus terminal, taxi ranks and 158 car parking spaces.

Signs for the Dubai Metro at One Deira Plaza. Pawan Singh / The National

Deira is one of the city’s oldest districts renowned for its bustling souqs, old buildings and rich culture and the project aims to rejuvenate the area while preserving its spirit.

Ithra Dubai said the development would add to the “rich tapestry” of one of Dubai’s most popular neighbourhoods.

"The Deira Enrichment Project is on track to becoming a leading destination, adding unique offerings to the trade, retail and tourism landscape in Dubai with every new milestone,” said Issam Galadari, chief executive of Ithra Dubai.

The developer expects to launch more of the enrichment project over the coming months.

Updated: August 17, 2021, 1:06 PM