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New fish market in Sharjah set to open in 2014

posted on 15/04/2013: 3328 views

A new and bigger fish market is being built in Al Jubail area to cope with increasing demand.

Due to the increase in the number of customers visiting the market, the municipality is building the new facilities to meet the rise in demand for more fish shops by Sharjah residents. The new market will be 10 times bigger than the existing one and will host more than 400 outlets.

The new fish market is being built to replace the old one next to the Creek and is set to open in the beginning of 2014.

Previously accommodating around 44 shops only, the new market is set to include 403 shops in total. Around 162 units will sell fish, 123 will sell meat and 118 will sell fruits and vegetables, according to a senior official at Sharjah Municipality.

The new market will come as relief to both customers and fishmongers. With a section of the old fish market currently open to the public, both fishmongers and costumers shared the same concerns about the hygiene at the market, and the heat during the summer.

Excited about the opening of the new market, Shine Shanmugan, a fishmonger who has been selling fish at the market for five years, told Gulf News he is tired of working under the hot sun during most months of the year.

"The new market will be covered, clean, and will have a new system which will work better for all of us,” said Shanmugan.

Haya Abogazya, a Sharjah resident and a regular customer of seven years, also agreed, adding that the heat and the smell of the fish attracts a lot of flies and insects, compromising the hygiene at the market. "The new market will be cleaner and will host the people indoors,” she said.

Another regular customer Yousuf Ahmad from Palestine said while he is relatively satisfied with the variety of fish sold at the old market, he is looking forward to the opening of the new buildings as they will improve the organisation of stalls and foods.

The new market will feature a new system where fishmongers will be able to conserve and handle fish through hygienic methods. The new market's design will facilitate services and spaces for fishmongers to clean, cut, and sell their fish. It will also improve the process of waste disposal for all shop keepers at the market.

Shipping trucks will also be allocated with specific parking spaces to comfortably load and unload their shipments to the market.

Islamic architectural design

The new building's interior and exterior architecture will be Islamic in design, characteristic of buildings in Sharjah. The renovated market buildings will include circular domes along with several arches throughout the entire market.

Also included in the plans is a mosque as well as other services which will be developed to ensure customers enjoy a pleasant shopping experience at the market.

The municipality also said that a management department will be responsible for ensuring that the market's standard is in line with global levels. – Gulf News


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