May 2020

Enter the Dragon Mart: customers and tenants welcome reopening of Dubai’s largest market place

Enter the Dragon Mart: customers and tenants welcome reopening of Dubai’s largest market place

Dubai, 30 April 2020 … Dragon Mart, Dubai’s largest retail and trading hub, has reopened for business, much to the delight of customers, local residents and tenants, owner and operator Nakheel Malls announced today.

The world-renowned, destination – famous for its bulk-buy, discounted products for trade and consumer customers – is back, bringing a welcome relief to money-conscious shoppers, and a boost to thousands of small businesses.

Omar Khoory, Managing Director of Nakheel Malls, owner and operator of Dragon Mart, said: “Dragon Mart is one of the region’s best-loved venues for shopping, trading, dining and entertainment among people of all ages, from all walks of life. We are proud to have helped more than 3,000 small to medium businesses resume operations. The Dragon Mart website and social media pages have been inundated with queries about reopening, proving just how popular this unique destination is.

“The reopening comes at a time when many people are closely monitoring their finances in the wake of the current global situation, and will highlight Dragon Mart as the biggest and best source of quality, affordable goods for wholesale and the general public.”

 Tenants at Dragon Mart, keen to restart trading and welcome back their customers, are delighted to be back in business.

Mr Huang, owner of Joanna, one of Dragon Mart’s largest and longest-standing tenants, said: “We are very excited to resume operations, and have received a great response from customers old and new since we opened our doors on Monday.  We have worked very closely with Nakheel Malls’ in the run up to reopening, and we are very grateful for their continued support and understanding as we work our way through this challenging time.”

Dragon Mart is operating in line with all government protocols – and beyond – with safety and wellbeing the priority.  Before opening, it underwent an extensive deep disinfection and all customer service desk staff took Covid-19 tests. A sanitisation tunnel was installed for shop staff and delivery drivers, with more security personnel brought on board for added safety. Government protocols, including temperature checks for all tenants and visitors, social distancing policies, the wearing of masks and a 30 per cent visitor limit are in place, along with a 24-hour, ongoing sanitisation regime.

All shops at Dragon Mart are now open, although entertainment outlets such as the cinema, rooftop sports complex and Fabyland remain closed under the latest directives.

Dragon Mart joins Nakheel Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall, Golden Mile Galleria and Nakheel community Pavilions in opening this week.

Dragon Mart’s current opening hours are 12 noon to 10pm daily, with Carrefour supermarket open from 9am to 10pm.

About Nakheel Malls (

Nakheel Malls is the retail arm of world-leading master developer Nakheel, with a diverse portfolio of iconic, innovative, landmark retail, dining and entertainment destinations across Dubai.

Nakheel Malls’ expanding portfolio includes large-scale malls (Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart, Nakheel Mall and Golden Mile Galleria), dining and entertainment destinations (The Pointe and Club Vista Mare) and a collection of Pavilions located across six Nakheel residential communities.

Nakheel Malls’ upcoming projects include West Beach at Palm Jumeirah, The Night Market, Warsan Souk, Al Khail Avenue and The Circle Mall.

About Dragon Mart (

Dragon Mart opened in December 2007. The complex currently consists of Dragon Mart 1 and Dragon Mart 2, which, combined, have more than 5,000 shops and 9,000 parking spaces and welcome some 40 million visitors a year.

Stretching 1.2 km, with 1.1 million sq ft. of retail space, Dragon Mart 1 has seven zones, offering an unmatched variety of goods and services for traders and consumers. More than 1,700 Chinese retailers have shops at Dragon Mart, showcasing a wide and diverse array of products including home appliances, furniture, electronics, household goods, building materials, garden items, toys, machinery and clothing.

Dragon Mart 2, which opened in 2015, is located opposite the original complex, and comprises a shopping mall, a multi-storey car park and two hotels. Dragon Mart 2 combines shopping, dining and entertainment, with an array of shops, kiosks, leisure attractions, restaurants and cafes, including a Carrefour hypermarket and a 12-screen Novo cinema and a wide selection of eateries with indoor and outdoor seating.

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