Ramadan Markets are set up at the start of the month and serve shoppers post-sunset until the early hours of the morning. 2022 is no exception with several Ramadan markets popping up across the city.
These Markets are the best to shop for kaftans, lanterns, get henna designs, and explore the local culture and cuisine.
Souk Al Marfa
Get a feel for the Ramadan spirit at this night market which features a range of majlis tents. Inside them, you’ll find everything from Arabic sweets, to relaxing lounges, and 35 kiosks that sell oud perfumes, jalabiyas, dates and more.
Entertainment will be on the move throughout the market, including Egyptian folklore, Arabic dances and musical performances. For the little ones, there’s face painting, arts and crafts, and an outdoor play area.
Free entry. Fri Apr 1 – Sat Apr 30, 8pm-2am. Ramadan Night Market, Souk Al Marfa. @soukalmarfa
From iftar until midnight, get your Ramadan shopping fix at Dubai Creek’s Al Seef market which sells a myriad of Ramadan home décor, fawanees (Ramadan lanterns), trinkets and of course, Ramadan sweetmeats. Keeping the family entertained, there’s an outdoor art gallery, contemporary art installations, live art shows and activities.
Free entry. Sat Apr 2 – Wed May 4, 10am -12pm. Ramadan Market, Al Seef, Dubai Creek. @alseefdubai
Mall of the Emirates
As the ‘Ramadaniat Zeman Awwal’ market was set up as a way of educating on Emirati heritage, this Mall of the Emirates event is where to go for all things culture. There are lots of activities and workshops, along with a cinema (showing educational films), and a souk with locally-made products for sale.
Free to enter. Tue Apr 12 – Thu May 5, 12pm-12am. Level two Fashion Dome, Mall of the Emirates (800 663 6255).
Catch not one, but two-night markets at Mercato Mall this Ramadan. Visit the ‘Bhebak Ya Ramadan’ pop-up market to shop for Ramadan essentials and ‘Al Misk Abaya Market’ for the trendiest abaya and kaftan collections. Get the gang together and make abaya-shopping a girls’ day out.
Sun Apr 17 – Sun Apr 24 (Bhebak Ya Ramadan) and Tue Apr 26 – Sat Apr 30 (Al Misk Abaya Market). Mercarto Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 4161).
Plaza at Bluewaters
Think of a cross between a Ramadan night market and a buzzing seaside event and you’ll be close to the Ramadan pop-up on Bluewaters Island. Plaza at Bluewaters is creating an evening ambience with local food, a shopping market, workshops and henna while the sound of live oud and qanoon fills the air. There will also be lots on offer for kids including painting and hakawati storytelling.
Daily throughout Ramadan, 7.30pm – 11pm. Bluewaters Island, bluewatersdubai.ae