Guide To Street Shopping And Flea Markets in Dubai

by Sweta Swaminathan
Guide To Street Shopping And Flea Markets in Dubai

If you ever wondered whether there were flea markets in Dubai and places to go crazy street shopping, you are in for a surprise. The emirate is infamous for being the ultimate shopping destination. From the grandest malls with the best deals to offer to the intricate souks that hold some of the best finds – they have it all and how!  Global Village, for instance, is an annual festive affair in the month of February is a great destination well suited for all your shopping needs. There are plenty of other markets that you can explore throughout the year.

Here are the Souks & Markets that are the remedy to every shopaholic’s soul –

1. Textile Souk

Get mesmerized with the colours and textures across the endless reels of clothes. Custom create your dream outfit with the best bargains in all kinds of fabrics and laces to fit your budget. Located across Dubai Creek, the souk has survived the test of time and emerged one of the best gems of the region. You can find a lot of local clothing finds and designers whose talent at craftmanship make you awestruck. Also, if you are someone who likes to collect accessories like tassels, laces and even patches – we bet you would find some great pieces out there. 

2. Ripe Market

One of the most significant flea markets in Dubai, The ripe market is a community engagement initiative aimed at supporting local businesses of local artists, budding designers aND culinary artisans who create magic with food. You can also find seasonal fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables. There are also some freshly baked goodies for you to indulge in. Additionally, there is ongoing entertainment such as live music, yoga classes and much more to keep you engaged. The market happens across Dubai and Abu Dhabi and is currently open at Springs Souk, Times Square Centre and Ranches Souk every Friday/Saturday from 10 AM till late.

3. Spice Souk

Spice was one of the oldest forms of trade across Asia – and the influence it has on the food culture is priceless. Treasuring its cultural significance, the spice souk in Dubai is a hub for tourists who like to explore some of the rarest, most exquisite spices that have ever existed. Aromatic Spices, Medicinal Herbs and even some great, fragrant teas – you would find some great items to gift someone back home. You can also find a great variety of nuts, dates and other dried fruits right here.


4. Gold Souk

All that glitters may not be gold – but out here, it might be 24k gold! The gleaming pieces of jewellery in the gold souk is not only intended to those who purchase them – but to those who like to experience what it feels like to walk across the glimmering reflections of treasures. Here is where you can find the most precious stones, intricate jewellery designs, and some great souvenirs worth a precious amount of money. You can also find some great decor pieces and traditional artefacts (such as turkish lights, plates etc.) for your home decor needs. While there are a lot of bargains you can find here, rest assured the quality cannot be questioned as the collections are highly regulated by the government. If you plan on investing in some gold for any upcoming festivities, you must visit the souk for the best finds.

5. Farmers Market 

Weekend in Dubai cannot get better! Farmers Market happens every week in Business Bay which is a vegetable market, where you can grab some fresh veggies. Farm to Table concept where they bring some fresh produce of fruits, veggies, organic foods and much more. There are also open grills and breakfast available for all shoppers for a post-shopping treat with your family. This destination is one of the best flea markets in Dubai and a hearty time for you and your family.

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6. Perfume Souk

Treat your senses to the ultimate fragrance trail of the region. Fragrance is said to be a significant part of the culture of the UAE – and the Perfume Souk has the vastest variety of perfumes and scents in floral, musty and other tones. If you have a signature scent, there is a likely chance someone would be able to get it custom made for you. You can also get your hands on some popular Arabian scents that are exclusive to this region. There a myriad of options to try out and also grab some for your friends/family.

7. Naif Souk

One of the oldest markets of the region – the Naif Souk has some of the greatest steals in a variety of goodies such as fabrics, bags, souvenirs, shoes etc. We recommend you carry enough cash with you as this place has some great finds like nowhere else. They hold some great Arabian gifts and artefacts, home decor products and much more. There is also a great selection of Abaya shops around this area – where you can get some designer Abayas for a great price. The place is swarming with activity at all times – especially during festive seasons like Eid where people from all over arrive to get their outfits ready for the season.

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8. Fahidi Souk

A relatively new market located in the heart of Bur Dubai, Fahidi Souk is where you can experience Dubai’s old world charm. There are stores that sell clothing, food, perfumes and much more. Some local designers have their boutiques with great designs in Indian and Arabian clothing. There are also quaint little cafes on the rooftop that is great to relax post the shopping extravaganza. There is also ample underground parking available for their customers.

9. Dubai Flea Market

Of all flea markets in Dubai, this one has got to be the most popular one out there. Here’s where you can find some great second-hand finds that are in mint condition. With makeshift stalls selling everything from home goods, clothes, antiques, books and much more. You can actually fetch some great cash for your old, unused products in this engaging community event as well if you chose to have a stall up. Happens on weekends across popular open parks in the region such as Al Safa, Zabeel Park etc. Also, be mindful that you will not find anything that is counterfeit in nature in this market.

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