If you’re at a loose end on a Saturday night and fancy trying something a little out of the ordinary, then a trip to Al Barsha Pond Park could be your answer.
The Ripe Night Market is a healthy hive of activity from the moment you walk through the gates and are greeted by the organic, locally sourced fare on offer at the organisers’ stall.
But there’s far more to this weekly gastronomic gathering than just fresh fruit and veg. Wander through the array of food stalls and you’ll find cuisine from the four corners of the globe (the Colombian offerings at Arepa Loca are a particular highlight).
Once you’ve plumped for your dinner, grab a stool in the fairy light big top – a lovely touch that gives you the feeling of dining under a canopy of stars.
It’s not all about the grub, though, as once you’ve gorged yourself, it’s advisable to walk it off as you browse the selection of fashion, flora and arts and crafts stalls brought to you by Dubai designers and shops, or listen to the live music on offer.
There is plenty to keep the kids entertained, too, with sweet treats to munch on while they watch a movie on the big screen (it was Mary Poppins when we went, and even Dick Van Dyke’s accent couldn’t put the children off).
Only in its second year, the Ripe Night Market is deservedly proving a big hit – a super Saturday soirée of smells, sights and sounds.
Ripe Night Market