Souk Al Bahar

Souk Al Bahar (‘market of the sailor’) is an Arabesque shopping, entertainment and dining destination located in the heart of Downtown Dubai and transports the visitor into ancient Arabic heritage and community. The Souk features nearly 100 shops and restaurants, cafés and lounges, mostly located along the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade overlooking the majestic Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

CD+M was commissioned to relight the Souk with a dual mandate to improve the aesthetic quality and reduce energy. The transformation took 3 months to complete and included the relocation of existing downlights, the conversion of nearly 1,000 Arabic lanterns to LED, and the addition of new fittings and theatrical color into select areas. CD+M reduced the lighting load by 64% (a savings of 31,000 watts) and visually transformed the Souk into a new space, at night.


Owner: EMAAR
Client: EMAAR


Interior Lighting Design