Of all the shopping options in Dubai, the markets, flea markets and pop-ups are where you can make some seriously good deals. Make sure your bargaining skills are top tuned.
Even with the abundance of shopping centres and malls in Dubai, there is still plenty of room for markets selling handmade goods, local art and crafts as well as flea markets selling secondhand and pre-loved items for a fraction of the original price. Let’s check out a few.
ARTE, The Makers’ Market
ARTE is pop-up market for locally handmade goods, arts and crafts. Twice a month at the Times Square Centre in Dubai you can make a bargain on jewelry, soaps, gifting accessories, skincare products, cushions, candles, designer fashion, art, pottery and homemade baked goods.
Dubai Flea Market
At Dubai Flea Market you can buy lots of secondhand items such as household items, home appliances, furniture, textile, ceramics, electrical equipment, toys, games, books, DVD’s, clothes, antiques, accessories etc. The flea market moves to new destinations every week, so check their calendar before visiting.
This is where you get your fake bag. From imitation goods of all sorts, especially clothes and handbags, to local Arabian handicrafts and souvenirs, Karama Market has it all. Located ten minutes’ away from Dubai Creek, this charming, local market caters to both locals and visitors with goods at fairly good quality and low prices. Bargaining is an absolute must.
Packed with people at all times of the day, Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai is a maze of kiosks and small shops selling fabrics, jewelry and various knick knacks.
Bur Dubai Textile Souk
This market has a lively atmosphere and a huge variety of textiles from all around the world in every color, texture, weave and embroidery.