Best indoor markets in Dubai

Try out these indoor stalls to get your pop-up retail fix indoors


With soaring temperatures on the way, vendors are closing their shutters for summer. But there are stalls indoors that offer the same experience, with air conditioning. Louise Emma Clarke rounds up a few to keep you occupied.

Marina Souq
This monthly market takes place at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour and the great news is that it will be continuing in an air-conditioned marquee during the summer months. The next two markets will be held Wednesdaay May 13 and Wednesday June 17, with ongoing monthly dates to be announced through its Facebook page. With 30 stalls showing off their wares, it’s not the biggest market in town, but we love it for its community feel and scenic location.
Wed May 13 and Wed June 17, 9am-8pm. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour Umm Suqeim 2, between Al Manara Road and Al Thanya Road (050 585 7543).

ARTE Market
This popular crafty market will continue to be held until the end of June at Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road. With the motto being ‘Buy handmade in the UAE’, the event provides a platform for locally based artisans to promote and sell their wares, with everything from jewellery, canvas paintings and home-cooked cakes and preserves available to buy.
Fri May 22, Fri June 12 and Tue June 26, 12pm-7pm. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road (no number).

The great news for fans of the popular weekend fruit, veg and gourmet food market is that it is moving indoors for the summer. The market will be held in its brand-new air-conditioned location – Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road – every Saturday from 9am-2pm.
Sat, 9am-2pm. Until mid-October. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 380 7602).

Wafi Bazaar
Now in its second year, this bazaar will run throughout the summer within the cool environs of Wafi shopping mall. Located next to Café Court on the first level, the bazaar features ceramics, home décor, fashion, accessories, beachwear, antiques and much more. There are more than 40 market stalls showcasing unique handcrafted goods. Its strategic location also means that a post-shopping caffeine fix or spot of lunch is wholly feasible, too.
Sat, 10am-7pm. Ongoing. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4555).

Two pop-up market-style stalls in Dubai

Throughout the summer, these events will satisfy the shopaholic in you…

Harvey Nichols’ Designer Pop-Up
If it’s fashion that gets your pulse racing on market day, Harvey Nichols is launching a three-month event from Monday June 1 to fill the gap in your diary. Featuring pop-ups from emerging regional designers, the event will start with a showcase of exclusive Ramadan collections designed in collaboration with the store.
Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-12am. June 1-July 15. Level 2, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 8888).

The Mine Pops
The Mine art gallery in Al Quoz is hosting a monthly pop-up series throughout the summer called ‘The Mine Pops’, with the next event scheduled for
Saturday May 23. A platform for creative talent, The Mine invites a selection of hand-picked emerging designers, artists, musicians and food creatives to showcase their works.
May 23, 11am-7pm. The Mine, Street 8a, Opposite Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, (04 379 1704).

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