Al Riqqa Road
Al Riqqa is one of the most mesmerizing localities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the heart of eastern part of the city. It is a residential community and commercial centre rolled into one. It is bordered by Riga Al Buteen, Port Saeed, Al Muraqqabat and Naif and bounded to the south by the immortal scenic view of the Dubai Creek.
Al Riqqa is bounded in the west by Omar bin Al Khattab Road and to the east by Abu Baker Al Siddique Road. The locality is parallel to Al Muraqqabat and Al Maktoum Road. Actually The Union Square is part of Al Rigga where buses going to Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman is positioned. And taxis plying towards Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
The Dubai Clock Tower, which lies at the intersection of Umm Hurair Road and route D 89 is situated in Al Rigga. Additionally, several local hotel chains such as Metropolitan Palace, Zain International Hotel, Sun & Sands Hotel, Taj Palace, Avenue Hotel, Ramee GuestlineHotel, I.B.I.S., and so much more newly built hotels could also be found in Al Rigga.
Local roads follow a grid pattern, continuing in numerical sequence from those of Al Murakabat. Even-numbered streets progress in a northwest-southeast pattern, beginning with 3rd B Street near Al Tahir Restaurant and ending with 45th C Street near Metropolitan Hotel. Even-numbered streets progress northeast-southwest, beginning with 2nd Street near bunny Yas Cemetery and end with 44th A Street near Rigga Al Bu-teen Plaza.
Al Rigga plays a central role in the Dubai Shopping Festival celebrations, a festive event held from January to February each year. The 1 point 3 kilometer stretch becomes alive, vibrant, frolic and joyful during the season. Rides, amusements, food kiosks, souveneir shops, and different games will surely thrill each and every visitor in this month-long affair. The event is a support to a huge discounts being offered by all retail establishments in Dubai. Thousands and thousands of visitors from all over the world never forget this bargain shopping holidays offered by Dubai.
The opening of Al Riqqa Metro Station in September 9, 2009 has also brought good business in the locality. Hundreds of thousand expats preferred to get accommodation and reside bringing the community as one busy locale. Currently, bus route number C9 plies its route in the area whereby office employees, business owners, residents, and locals had an alternative mode of transportation in the area. Now, Al Riqqa Road becomes a bustling hub for diners and shoppers where numerous restaurants and fast food chains cater and serve different cuisines, from Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Pakistani, and Filipino to European specialty.
Host of hypermarkets are likewise present such as: Lal’s, Aswaaq Supermarket, Al Riqqa Supermarket, and Spinney’s. Banks and other finance institutions are present like ADCB, Emirates Islamic Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai, and Mashreq Bank.
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