There is an extremely active second-hand market in Dubai, as people are always leaving, redecorating or downsizing, and need to get rid of their stuff. Supermarket noticeboards or noticeboards in apartment complexes are a great place to start, as many people post ‘for sale’ notices with pictures of all the items. Garage sales are also popular on Fridays and you’ll notice signs going up in your neighbourhood from time to time.

For the Dhs.3 entry fee into Safa Park you can peruse the monthly flea market, and a car boot sale is held every Friday in the cooler winter months at the Autodrome which is free for shoppers. There are also a number of websites with classifieds sections; is the main one, and is another good one. Here you’ll find absolutely anything, from appliances to furniture, cars and toys.

There are a number of second-hand shops, often linked to churches and special needs schools, but the opening hours can be somewhat eccentric. Second-hand bookshops such as Book World, House of Prose and Book & Bean buy books in good condition for 50% of the purchase price.

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