Winter market fun is upon us, says Benita Adesuyan
As the temperature drops, Dubai’s residents can finally come out and play again. And some of the key events that bring the entire community together are the city’s vibrant and colourful outdoor markets. Having been squirrelled away inside, sardined into indoor spaces over the summer months, many are starting to blink their way back into the light, in Dubai’s parks and outdoor spaces.
With its founder, Becky Balderstone, having last week done the double at the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards – winning both the Family Entrepreneurial award and the Best Family-Friendly Day Out award – Ripe is an essential visit. A weekly organic market currently enjoying a summer residence at Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road, stands offer fresh fruit and veg from local farmers in the UAE. Fill your basket with eggs and honey and then meander the stalls of local handmade arts and crafts, while chowing down on gluten-free cakes and listening to the buskers. Ripe will return to its alternate locations in Al Barsha Pond Park on Saturdays and Zabeel Park on Fridays in November.
Also having set up its pitch for the season is the Dubai Flea Market, where anyone with stuff to sell can apply for a stand and flog second-hand clothes, furniture, DVDs, electronics – you name it, you can shift it. If you have the eye and bartering skills for a bargain, get rummaging through the bric-a-brac on Friday October 9 at Promenade Courtyard, Uptown Mirdif, where it will be every second Friday of the month. On October 16, and every third Friday, it will make its way to JLT Park Pathway, while on the first Saturday of the month it rocks up at Zabeel Park. So whether you’re spring cleaning, healthy eating, or just looking for a lovely day in the sun, grab your hessian bag, and get out there.