Damac to unveil details of rainforest retail strip

Dubai developer Damac Properties has unveiled details of the 1 million square feet ‘Vista Lux’ retail, which will include a waterway, a rainforest dome with a zip wire, am open air organic market, fountains and an outdoor performance area

Described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Damac’s Akoya Oxygen development, the retail strip will be unveiled at this week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) exhibition in Dubai.

“Vista Lux is one of many elements which make Akoya Oxygen stand out from the rest and provides an intrinsic added value to residents,” said Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director, Damac Properties.

“The area has been specifically designed to give Akoya Oxygen home owners a high-end, classy and stylish entertainment and retail hub with wide open walkways with coffee shops, markets, high-end retail and many lifestyle experiences to bring the community to life and be the central hub where residents & tourists alike meet and enjoy the lush environment.”

Located near the Dubailand area of Dubai, the focal point of Vista Lux will be cultural events, performances and art displays, including an open-air designer fashion market, the ‘V’ Restaurant with a menu selected from the freshest organic ingredients sourced at the Akoya Oxygen farmers market, and an outdoor area called ‘The Green’, showcasing cultural performances, poetry readings and mini-theatre productions.

A Library and Coffee House will also be housed close to a dedicated area for art installations set on a street which includes mobile, gourmet ‘street food’ providing dishes from around the world.

“Vista Lux will house more than 2,000 hotel apartments and residences allowing visitors to the Dubai Rainforest, or those looking to challenge themselves at the Tiger Woods-designed Trump World Golf Club, Dubai to have an all-encompassing, holistic experience during their visit to Akoya Oxygen,” added El Chaar.

The rainforest area will be housed in a dome structure and will consist of a tall, dense jungle environment. Visitors will be able to climb into the canopy, fly through the treetops on a zip wire or relax in the Rainforest spa area with hydrothermal treatments and rock pools.