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3 markets to visit in Dubai

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It’s (finally) time to get outside! There are markets all over town offering fresh fruit and vegetables as well as textiles, ceramics, clothes and antiques.

The Ripe Market
Ripe is already a bit of an institution among foodies and craft hunters in the UAE. It aims to support local businesses – from farmers to jewellery designers – with markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that also offer hours of mooching opportunities. Where else do organic fruit, raw honey, kimonos and clutch bags sit side by side quite so effortlessly?
Where: Zabeel Park, Barsha Park evening market (starting October 15), and the beachfront at the Meridien Mina Seyahi
Contact: www.ripeme.com

Dubai Flea Market
Dubai was missing a quirky flea market, a place to rummage through and pick up some pre-loved treasures – the sort New York, Berlin and Oslo do so well. Think battered furniture, textiles, ceramics, clothes, crafts and antiques – the only rule is that everything on sale is second hand. Look out for people with a plane ticket home – you could get some ruthlessly low prices.
Where: Zabeel Park, JLT and Ibn Battuta Mall
Contact: www.dubai-fleamarket.com

Farmers Market On The Terrace
Dubai’s original farmers market, this started up in 2010 and returns for its seventh season in November. It is brought to you by the brains behind Baker & Spice, the award-winning food shop and restaurant. Load up a bag of local organic vegetables, fruits and cakes from artisans and farmers in the UAE; it certainly beats the veggie scram at Carrefour.
Where: Bay Avenue at Business Bay, 8am until 1pm each Friday
Contact: www.bakerandspiceme.com

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