7 excellent night markets in Dubai to check out this month
Before it gets too hot…
Summer is just around the corner which means you need to start visiting markets at night in Dubai when the weather is (at the moment) cooler. Thankfully, there are quite a few to visit and since we are also in the Holy Month, a lot of the night markets listed below will be centred around Ramadan showcasing food, clothes, trinkets, entertainment and much more.
For those of you who can’t take the heat, we’ve listed a few indoor markets you can head to.
Here are seven night markets to visit in Dubai
Ripe Market at Academy Park
Ripe Market want families to enjoy their time shopping which is why they are shifting their popular event to the evenings from 3pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday until May 29. There will be delicious cuisines from food trucks besides shopping for tastefully curated collections from the local artisans, makers and merchants. There’s also an art and crafts station plus a henna and temporary tattoo artist.
Ripe at Night, Academy Park, Dubai, 3pm to 10pm every Sat and Sun until May 29, @ripemarket
Ripe by the Bay
If you live in or close to Old Dubai and want something closer to home, visit Ripe by the Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall. There’s alfresco dining, live entertainment and family activities running from 4pm until 10pm until May. Shoppers can pick from fashion, jewellery, arts, homeware items and more.
Ripe by the Bay, Dubai Festival City, daily 4pm to 10pm until May 2022, free. dubaifestivalcitymall.com
Al Seef Night Market
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Beautiful heritage spot Al Seef has a Ramadan Night Market running until May 5 from sunset to midnight. There’s plenty to shop for including Ramadan lanterns, home decor, sweets and more. Art fans will love the outdoor gallery showcasing selected pieces specifically endorsed by Dubai Culture. There will be contemporary art installations, live shows and activities, too.
Al Seef, Dubai Creek, Dubai, daily until May 5 sunset to 12am, alseef.ae
Souk Al Marfa
Souk Al Marfa, the waterfront souk and marketplace at Deira Islands has a Ramadan night market running until April 30 from 8pm to 2am. The night market boasts kiosks that sell a range of Ramadan-related products such as oud perfumes, Jalabiyas, dates and more. There’s roaming entertainment in the outdoor area including Egyptian folklore, Arabic dances, musical performances and a space for kids to play. Indoors, there’s face painting, arts and crafts and more.
Souk Al Marfa, Deira Island, Deira, Dubai, 8pm to 2am until April 30. Tel: (800) 6254335 @soukalmarfa
Urban Market Concept
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The Urban Market Concept is back, and this time it’s taking over a brand-new location. From 7pm to 11pm on Saturday April 23, head down to the chic new Hyde Hotel, and discover a huge selection of vintage items, local sellers, and handmade gems at the Ramadan Night Market, hosted by That Dubai Girl. This is your chance to pick up the perfect Eid gifts for loved ones, a unique new wardrobe for yourself and support small businesses in Dubai.
Urban Market Concept, Hyde Hotel, Business Bay, Sat April 23, 7pm to 11pm, free. @urbanmarketconcept
Emirati Heritage village
Dubai Festival City Mall also has an indoor market this Ramadan highlighting UAE traditions. It takes place in a townlet-style venue inspired by the culture of the UAE. Inside, the family can enjoy treats showcasing the UAE heritage such as storytelling, calligraphy workshops and more activities. It will open during mall operating hours until May 8.
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If you’re heading to Mall of the Emirates, take a detour and explore the local Emirati heritage at Zeman Awwal. The market has activities, workshops, entertainment, food and locally produced items for you to try. It takes place until May 5 from 12pm to 12am.
Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Tel: (800) 663 6255. malloftheemirates.com