Sunshine shopping

So you’ve trawled the malls, but with the weather a perfect temperature, why not hit the streets too?


Good as new
If you still haven’t found that designer bargain, try the Dubai Designer Market. Taking place once a month, it’s the spot to pick up previous Prada or to bag a vintage Valentino. As well as the mainstream brands, there’s also a good turnout of kitsch finds for anyone’s whose style could be hung off the ‘alternative’ hanger.
Dubai Designer Market takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 1pm-6pm. Beach Park Plaza, Jumeirah 2, opposite Jumeirah Beach Park.

Market mooching
Despite the slightly misleading name, this market is one of Dubai’s most consistent. With a mix of home wares, jewellery and fashion, it turns the stretch along the beach into a fantastic browsing opportunity. Pick up pretty handmade dresses, unusual silver bangles, one off paintings and more.
Covent Garden Market is on Weds and Fri, 5pm–midnight and Fri and Sat, 10am–9pm. The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, (050 425 0543).

We heart arte

Fancy something less branded? Recover from DSF overload by checking out the quirky, cool ARTE markets. ARTE stands for Artists of the Emirates, who are a collection of ‘crafters’ and artists who sell their funky wares, both at the markets and online. It includes everything from handpainted glass to children’s finger puppets!
The busy makers and doers can be found on February 4 by IKEA in Dubai Festival City and on February 11 in Times Square. For information on the artists or to join yourself, go to

Make room in your wardrobe

One woman’s cast offs are another’s collection. Give the clothes you don’t wear to charity
Dubai Charity Centre
Lots of second-hand odds and ends. Proceeds from Dubai Charity Centre go to the Dubai Centre for Special Needs.
Behind Choitrams, Karama (04 337 8246).

Holy Trinity Thrift Store

This 30-year-old thrift centre is a Dubai institution.
The Holy Trinity Church Compound, Oud Metha (04 337 4957).

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