Dubaihappens to be one of the busiest tourist destinations of the world not just because of its extravagant buildings and out of the world architecture but also since it maintains a balance of both worlds with such elegance and character along with emulating the cultural roots of the Arab tradition. Dubai Markets are the best place to explore and immerse oneself in the tradition, culture and the local life of being an emirati.
Here are the top Dubai Markets that one should not miss whilst in the city!
It’s one of Dubai’s most popular open-air markets and is open throughout the year for tourists. Packed with handicrafts and traditional middle-eastern artefacts, stylish labels, food trucks and fresh produce from the Ripe Farm, this is the best place to spend an idyllic weekend in Dubai. Weekends at the Police Academy Park gives you al fresco dining options, yoga classes, live shows and much more. You can also buy handmade t-shirts, bags and jewellery from here.
The Umm Suqeim street inside the park is also open from 9 am to 7 pm every Friday and Saturday. During the summer, the market shifts indoors to the Times Square Center on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm.
A nice swim, some shopping, and a fresh, gourmet meal—The Beach’s seaside markets give you the perfect time to relax and unwind in Dubai. Open all week in the winter months from 10 am to 10 pm, and 10 am to midnight on the weekends, this is the place to be for unique jewellery, fabrics and homeware. You can also get personalised gifts as souvenirs of Dubai. This is a traffic-free, outdoor market and makes for picture-perfect moments during sunset.
Arte—The Makers’ Market
Being one of Dubai’s oldest markets comes with its own set of perks. Arte is home to the ‘Artisans of the Emirate’, where painters, artists, craftsmen and pastry chefs come together to delight you with their handmade produce every Friday. These themed weekly markets, started 10 years ago by Miriam Walsh, will give you your fill of creativity and individuality in this bustling city.
Dubai Flea Market
Here is the perfect way to get to know more about the local culture of Dubai. The market is open to the public three to four times every month in various locations across Dubai like The Greens, Zabeel Park, Jumeirah Lake Towers and Ibn Battuta Mall. This is the best place to get second-hand furniture, fabrics, instruments, ceramics, antiques and much more at incredible prices. All you need is patience and a knack for bargaining. Make sure you have plenty of space to pack your treasures.
So Chic pop-up sales
No matter what, there are certain styles that never go out of fashion. Get classic vintage clothing at the pop-up sales by So Chic. You can find the best French labels from Paris and select accessories sold exclusively here. This is a quarterly market and is a haven for fashion-lovers. You can also find second-hand designer labels like Chanel, Fendi, Bel Air, Suncoo nad Ba&sh in perfect condition.
Open for six months in a year, this market brings the freshest local produce ranging from tomatoes to farm-fresh eggs from the country’s organic farmers. The Farmer’s Market is organised every Friday morning where you can load up on aromatic spices, the region’s sweetest honey, jams, fresh bread, fruits and vegetables. The best part? You buy them directly from the farmers who grew them.
This bustling night market gives you a glimpse of the world, with products from countries like across the world. 75 countries, to be precise. Get exotic handicrafts and souvenirs from here at extremely affordable rates. Witness how this market brings together so many cultures of the world right next to each other.
The Gold Souk
Ever thought you could buy gold in street-side markets? In Dubai, watch your dreams come true. Narrow streets shimmering with gold at every corner available for a bargain! Modern, sophisticated, traditional, antique, designer—find gold that suits your every requirement as you take a walk through this glittering souk.
Streets that exude heavenly fragrances and aromas—enter the Perfume Souk of Dubai. It’s a blissful walk where you find a fragrance that suits your style and personality. You’ll find a vast collection of perfumes in beautifully designed bottles, and they’re sure to steal your heart. You can even personalise your own perfume, mix different fragrances, choose your own bottle and take it home with you!
Satwa Fabric Market
It’s known for being the one-stop-shop for almost everything you need. But more famously, it’s renowned for its exquisite fabric collection. Immerse yourself into the winding streets filled with perfectly stitched suits, saris, dresses, silks and so much more right here.
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