(MENAFN - Arab News) A traditional souk project in dammam has won first prize in the community section of the cityscape awards held in jeddah last week.
the project entailed the revamp of the 40-year-old women's market in dammam.
the prize was awarded to mohammed al-sofayan the director of public relations; sami al-haddad architect and director of urban planning studies who also served as the project manager; and abdulfattah almumen the managing director of afm consultants the project designer and consultant.
the project was aimed at transforming the old market into a shopping complex and tourist attraction. it is part of several projects being undertaken to regenerate parts of dammam.
the 17000-square-meter souk has 57 shops and 165 open bazaar booths under one shed. the first floor on the west side has been developed as a training center for poor women. it has 89 parking spots. it is situated in a commercial area in dammam and hemmed in by streets on four sides.
the arabic architectural magazine albeena recently said the souk makes the city 'more alive and vibrant."