Four indoor markets in Dubai to check out this summer
Whether you’re looking for fresh fish or niche fashion…
Looking to bag a bargain this summer? Dubai’s al fresco markets might be on a summer holiday, but there are still some to check out in doors. From summer pop-ups to weekly events, whether it’s food, fashion or furnishings, there are plenty of places to get your hands on some unique pieces.
Here are four indoor, and one outdoor night market to check out in Dubai.
Arguably Dubai’s most popular market, Ripe has gone indoors for the summer season, and you can catch it inside the Times Square Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road every Saturday through the hotter months from 9am to 5pm. There’s a big focus on fashion and homewares, and you can pick up some beautiful unique pieces for a fraction of the price of a fancy store.
Ripe Market, Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, 9am to 5pm, Saturdays. Tel: (04) 315 7000 More info on website
Described as the ‘makers market’, Arte is a roaming Friday market with a focus on all things home made. Over summer, it takes shape at various locations, selling hand made art fashion and craft pieces from 150 contemporary and highly original makers and designers. Entrance to the events is free, and all the locations offer free parking. The next one is Friday July 6 at Mercato Shopping Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road.
Arte, various locations, Mercato Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, 10am to 10pm, Friday July 6. Tel: (04) 344 4161. More info on website
If it’s fresh fish you’re after, look no further than a trip to Waterfront Market. The state-of-the-art market fresh produce market replaced the iconic Deira fish market in 2017, fusing the old traditional souk-style market with a new modern facility. You can get pretty much any fresh food there, but it’s most known for the fresh fish – which is open 24 hours a day.
Waterfront Market, Diera, open 24 hours a day, closed for deep cleaning from 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 707 1415. More info on website
While an indoor version of ‘Market on the Beach’ might not be running on JBR this summer, you can get your market-fix from the upscale indoor shopping destination, The Boutique. Showcasing a host of vendors under one roof, there’s a collection of one-off fashion, accessories and interiors available. The market is open daily from 9am to 11pm.
The Boutique, The Beach, JBR, daily 9am to 11pm. More info on Facebook
And one evening market outdoors…
Dubai Flea Market
The biggest second hand market in town, Dubai Flea Market is a monthly pop-up that goes nocturnal for the summer. It usually draws in up to 200 vendors selling everything from furniture to toys and games, to fashion and accessories. The next one is at Zabeel Park on July 6 – entrance is Dhs6.
Dubai Flea Market, various locations, Zabeel Park, 6pm to 10pm, Friday July, Dhs6. Tel: (055) 886 8939. More info on website