4 of the best outdoor markets to check out in Dubai

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There’s nothing better than getting up early and heading to an outdoor market…

There’s only a matter of weeks left to enjoy Dubai’s outdoor markets. Yes, we might be in the middle of the desert, but Dubai has a thriving farmer’s market scene where you can pick up deliciously fresh, locally sourced produce (among other treats). Here are four top markets you’ll be able to check out this weekend.

1. Ripe Market

The always popular Ripe Market is moving indoors on May 3, with a brand new location to boot. This is the market’s final weekend of the season at Dubai Police Academy Park in Umm Suqeim. The market will then move to Dubai Festival City mall and continue to take place every Friday and Saturday from 10am to 7pm, featuring a farmer’s market and food trucks, plus arts, crafts and workshops, as well as yoga, live music and heaps of other activities.

 Ripe Market, Dubai Police Academy Park, until April 27, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 7pm. ripeme.com

2. Dubai Flea Market, various locations

Dubai Flea Market is the most authentic no-frills market in Dubai, where you can find all kinds of weird and wonderful unique items every weekend. The market moves from location to location each week, but usually within a public park. The next market on Friday April 26 will be at Al Barsha Pond Park from 11am.

Dubai Flea Market, Al Barsha Pond Park, 11am to 6pm, Friday April 26. Tel: (055) 886 8939. dubai-fleamarket.com

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3. Organic Souk at Dubai Festival City

Located at Marsa Plaza Creek, this farmer’s market offers the chance to buy farm-fresh goods straight from the people who grow them, with more than 25 local farmers taking part. There’s also be an open seating area and garden where you can enjoy street food, as well as plenty of activities for little ones. The market will run until April 26.

Marsa Plaza Creek, Dubai Festival City, Friday April 26, 4pm to 10pm. @dubaifestivalcity

4. Reform Social & Grill

Reform Social House and Grill are hosting a weekly Kids Bonanza on Saturdays with a range of free kids activities. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, arts and crafts and more to fully embrace the rest of Dubai’s winter weather. There will also be a homegrown market and live music by Sound of Nomads throughout the afternoon. Families can redeem two for one on roast dinners and kids meal meals come with unlimited ice cream and soft drinks for only Dhs39. The market will run until May 4.

Saturday Kids Bonanza, Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, 3pm to 7pm, Saturdays. Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae

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