Al Quoz, the warehouse district that’s home to swathes of independent coffee shops and art galleries, is arguably one of the hottest hangouts in Dubai. Adding to its credentials is the launch of a new shopping space in the leafy vicinity of The Courtyard. The Collective by Ripe has added a sense of European charm to this burgeoning art district, while offering a niche shopping experience to a crowd who are tired of wandering through multilevelled shopping malls.
This boutique shopping destination by home-grown brand Ripe (which you might know from its weekly markets across the city), is set within The Courtyard’s cobbled precinct. In an attempt to make it a hotspot for like-minded foodie and shopping fanatics, The Collective by Ripe gives local designers and craftsmen a platform to create unique products. As you enter the space, it welcomes you with a Moroccan riad-style setting. There are colourful tiles, Moorish arches and a communal courtyard feel to the whole thing. Within this “riad” there are eight different businesses and here’s what you can expect.
Bliss Flower Boutique Some say flowers are the greatest gift, and Bliss Flowers has changed the way people give them in this city. Combining European style with the vibrant colours of Arabia, this shop is tasteful and incredibly stylish. You’ll find unique blooms here and trendy glassware to hold your bunch. Just follow your nose… www.blissdubai.com.
Brew Café If cold-pressed juices aren’t your thing and you need your caffeine before any shopping may commence, then grab yourself a cup of Dubai’s favourite beans.
Essentially Staying hydrated is the most important rule in shopping (after wearing comfortable shoes, of course), and this cold-pressed juicery will help customers achieve that. Essentially uses organic raw fruits and veg and a custom-built hydraulic press to make its fresh juices. www.essentially.ae. Made by Native Another one to visit by following your nose, this handmade leather shop is a must for the holiday season. You’ll find a great selection of wallets, cross-body bags and notebooks in here. www.madebynative.com.
Ripe Organic Selling some of the freshest organic produce in the city, you can get your weekly selection of fruits and vegetables courtesy of a weekly pop-up of Ripe Markets. www.ripeme.com.
The Movement Dubai might not be the most bicycle-friendly city, but these guys with their custom bikes are changing that. Find some really handsome ones in here. www.themovement.ae.
Tribe This cute shop, filled with rugs, lighting fixtures and soy candles, is perfect for those who like to fill their living space with sustainable, fair trade and handmade furniture pieces. www.tribedubai.com. Urban Landscapes Consult these cool urban landscapers who will overhaul and revamp your garden. Find beautiful cacti, bamboo pot plants and cute little bonsai pots. www.urbanuae.com.
Open Sat-Thu 8am-7pm. The Collective by Ripe, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, www.thecollectivebyripe.com (050 551 2517).The Collective by Ripe