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Explore the markets of Dubai

Wed, November 24, 2021

From art and antiques to jewellery and clothing, hunt for special finds at Dubai's atmospheric markets.

From art and antiques to jewellery and clothing, hunt for special finds at Dubai's atmospheric markets.


Ripe Market

Dubai’s most established open-air marketplace, The Ripe Market, takes place throughout the year, and is packed with stalls stocked with artisan crafts, stylish labels, food trucks, and fresh organic produce. Head over to the Police Academy Park every weekend in winter to find seasonal fruits and vegetables, al fresco dining options, yoga classes, kids’ activities, live shows and more. The market is open every Friday and Saturday with a second outpost at the Springs Souk on Fridays too. This season also sees the debut of Ripe by the Bay, an evening marketing by the waterfront at Dubai Festival City Mall. In the warmer summer months, it moves indoors to the Times Square Centre on Saturdays, from 9am to 3pm.


The Market at JBR

Fancy a swim, some shopping and a freshly-made gourmet meal? Find all this and more at The Beach's seaside markets. It runs all week during the winter months, and is open from 10am to 10pm during the week, and 10am to midnight at the weekend. The outdoor, traffic-free space is split into two sections, one offering stalls featuring jewellery, fashion and homewares, the other featuring meals and snacks packaged to-go and ready to nibble on by the sand. It’s the perfect place to pick up one-of-a-kind fashion and accessories, as well as personalised gifts that make ideal souvenirs of your time in Dubai.


ARTE, The Maker's Market

One of Dubai’s longest-standing markets, ARTE, is home to the ‘Artisans of the Emirate’. Every Friday, in various locations around the city, painters, artists, crafters and bakers converge to show off their pieces, handmade with love. Founder Miriam Walsh started the market over a decade ago to give the city’s creatives an outlet to share their work. Since then, it has become a much-loved institution, with themed weekly markets popping up at leading malls across Dubai. It's regular spots include Mercato Mall and Times Square Center.


Dubai Flea Market

If you like to shop from the locals, check out the Dubai Flea Market. Held three to four times each month in various locations including Al Barsha Pond Park, Al Nadha Pond Park, Zabeel Park, and Ibn Battuta Mall, this is ideal for seasoned market-goers. Furnished with a strict second-hand policy, each site attracts more than 300 stalls of furniture, fabrics, instruments, ceramics, clothes, crafts and antiques. There's a lot to take in, but some patience and strong bargaining skills will ensure you leave with some treasures.

So Chic pop-ups

While Dubai is known for keeping up with the latest trends, vintage fashion gets its time in the limelight at the pop-up sales by So Chic. The founders of So Chic, Alex and Emma, also bring the best French labels from Paris and offer select fashion and accessories for sale exclusively in Dubai. Held quarterly, shoppers can uncover pre-loved fashion treasures passed on from the city's most stylish women, across local, international and boutique brands. Think Chanel and Fendi, to Bel Air, Suncoo or Ba&sh.


The Farmer's Market

For six months of the year, in the shadows of the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa, a group of the country’s organic farmers sell their best locally-grown produce, from tomatoes to farm-fresh eggs. The Farmers’ Market in Bay Avenue is organised every Friday and Saturday morning by local deli Baker & Spice and is a brilliant initiative to showcase the country’s burgeoning agricultural efforts. Head over on weekends to stock up on aromatic herbs, the region’s sweetest honey, handmade jams and breads, plus vibrant fruits and vegetables sold directly by the farmers themselves.

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