Western-style markets in Dubai benefit from the city's perennial warm weather, and are lovely places to peruse, sample food and buy some unique souvenirs.

  1. Artisans of the Emirates (ARTE). Taking place fortnightly (alternating between Dubai Festival City Mall and Times Square Center) this is where you’ll find all manner of individual and quirky products unlike anything you’ll find in any of the bigger markets; from hand-printed cards or personalised artwork to bags, cushions and jewellery created by talented local designers. 
  2. Cultural Night Market. Providing an urban public space for local and international artists to develop and showcase their art, the Cultural Night Market offers music, paintings, sculptures, dance and theatre, as well as a world food market. There’s a kids’ corner, artistic market, books area and live performances in the park amphitheatre. Held every last Friday and Saturday of the month, 3pm to 11pm, September through to April.
  3. Ripe Market. Ripe hosts a farmers’ market every Friday in Safa Park during the winter months (and every Saturday at The Courtyard, Al Qouz). It is popular with Dubai residents who come to buy fresh local fruit and vegetables, but it's a great way to soak up the city's alfresco lifestyle. There are also stalls selling tasty treats such as locally made cheeses, olives and chutneys, as well as designer gifts and kitsch crafts, plus live music and kids' entertainment.

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