DUBAI 9 March 2018: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday visited The Yard, Meraas’ new multi-purpose destination.
Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum accompanied Sheikh Mohammed during his visit.
Group Chairman of Meraas Abdulla Al Habbai briefed Sheikh Mohammed on the upcoming third phase of the project and the completed second and third phases. Al Habbai said the project contributes to Dubai’s objective of enhancing the happiness of people in the emirate and further raising its quality of life.
Sheikh Mohammed toured The Yard, which includes the 350,000-square-foot Last Exit D89, a rustic courtyard, a farmer’s market, a bakery, air-conditioned and open-air restaurants, dining spaces, a unique mix of shops, a lake, shaded walking trails and expansive landscaped picnic areas.
The third phase of The Yard’s development, which will expand its total area to 2.8 million square-feet, will include many public and entertainment facilities. Featuring a design inspired by its surroundings, the new project includes cinemas, sports facilities, a shopping centre, a hypermarket and tracks for walking and jogging.
Blending a rural farm environment with urban accents, The Yard has a distinctive visual identity with playful murals that provide an ideal destination for families. The Yard reflects Meraas’ strong commitment to create family-friendly destinations and connect communities. An 18-metre-tall windmill, a water mill, a wishing well, decorative vintage pick-up trucks, farm animals and birdhouses further augment the appeal of the destination.