Three culture markets not to be missed in Dubai
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: Various locations including Zabeel Park and Dubai Police Academy
Contact: +971 4 315 7000
Arte, The Maker’s Market
This is one of Dubai’s longest standing markets for a reason, and is somewhat a home for all the artisans of the Emirate. While you’ll find paintings, arts and crafts, dreamcatchers and all kinds of handmade pieces, shoppers can also expect a new theme every week. Just another reason to head back to its various locations every Friday.
When: Every Friday, noon-7pm
Where: Various locations including Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Road
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.
When: Times vary, usually every Friday 4pm-10pm
Where: Various locations including Zabeel Park and JLT
Contact: +971 55 886 8939