Put on your haggling hat and pick up a bargain at these spots
Time Out Dubai staff
Bur Dubai Souk A bustling bazaar full of bargains – wear your haggling hat. You can spend hours here, so it’s great if you fancy a stroll. There are also plenty of cafés if you need some refreshment. Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai (no number).
ARTE Regular arts and crafts markets featuring a large selection of locally made items. First Friday of the month at Al Rebat Street, Festival City; 2pm-9pm. Second Friday of the month at Times Square Centre; noon-7pm. www.arte.ae.
Covent Garden Market Situated on the bustling Walk at JBR, you’ll spy stalls selling unique jewellery and art pieces from October. Open Wed-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. The Walk at JBR, www.coventgardenmarket.ae (050 425 0543).
Dubai Designer Market Upcoming local designers make their mark alongside high-end wares from the more renowned Gucci, Chanel and Prada labels. You’ll also find vintage clothing. Second Saturday of the month, 1pm-7pm at Sky Bubble, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba. Venue may change, so call ahead (055 452 6030).
Dubai Flea Market Dubai’s equivalent of a car-boot sale, offering second-hand finds. Held monthly in Safa Park during the cooler months. Check the website for this season’s dates. Safa Park, Jumeirah, www.dubai-fleamarket.com (055 452 6030).
Gold & Diamond Park If you can’t be bothered to haggle in the souks, head here instead, where you’ll find about 30 retailers and more than 120 manufacturers. Cara is the most popular – it’s reliable and great at fixing problems on the spot. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. Interchange Four, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.goldanddiamondpark.com (04 347 7788).
Gold Souk Deira Dubai’s famous old gold souk is widely considered the largest gold bazaar in Arabia. Be prepared to haggle if you want to bag a bargain. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. Sikkat al- Khail Street, Deira (no number).
Spice Souk This traditional Arabic market has been around for as long as many people can remember. There’s an aromatic tang in the air and the market’s buzzing with hagglers looking to buy quality spices at bargain prices. Open Sat-Thu 10am-1pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. Al Sabkha Road, Deira (no number).
Marina Market This outdoor market specialises in vintage accessories, hand-made gifts, fair-trade goods, art and photography. There are also plenty of cafés nearby. Open Wed-Sat 10am-10pm. Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, www.marinamarket.ae (04 325 5123).