This is an attempt by Norman Foster - the celebrated British architect - to re-create the traditional Souk or market in a modern way. The building itself is interesting to wander around. Dim, cool, with shafts of light puncturing the lofty space.
However there were disappointingly few units open. Bizarrely a reviewer said the same thing on here way back in 2011. The ground floor is fine, but only about half the units on the 1st floor were occupied falling to about 10% on the floor above that. Unless you stop to have something to eat, you'll be done inside an hour.
The web site says it opens at 10am. Well, technically yes, the doors are open at that time, but I got there at 10.30am and was more or less the only person there. Suggest you go late afternoon or early evening - as I did later the same day - to ensure that as many units are open as possible - because there ain't that many!
I didn't really look at the price so can't comment on how expensive things were. If I had to sum it up in a few words I'd say 'upmarket tourist souvenirs'.
The rest of the market still seems to be under development. Some units on the outside appear close to opening, but what's taking them so long remains a mystery.
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