This time the architects reclaim tradition by designing the new Souk in the central market of Abu Dhabi. The new building is part of a large development with unashamedly high skyscrapers next to the traditional building of the Souk. The view of the building by itself as well as the further development around it leaves one breathless, if not every visitor then at least me with the architects’ audacity to blend the new with the old. The internal decoration of the Souk is made of wood and combines successfully high tech bits of the 21st century, lifts, staircases and of course the indispensable air conditioning.
The new souk is visually beautiful, designed to evoke a fantasy of Arabian nights but most of the shops, so far, are chains.
A souk must also offer the promise of a hard-fought bargain. After three years training, I’m looking forward to engage in the bargaining game 😉
There are few shops open like the Shakespeare’s co. cafe which is already busy!
P.S. The New Souk is designed by the Norman Foster & Partner