What makes the Dubai Ramadan night market unique? For a place that does not have a dearth of shopping opportunities, the night market unlike other shopping centres’ has a unique charm.

“The novelty in the Ramadan night market is that it has a bazaar kind of atmosphere, which you don’t normally see in shopping malls across Dubai. The atmosphere is nice, and you can usually purchase things that are not found in malls,” said Indian national Preeti Rekhari, who was visiting the night market with her mother Shobha Rekhari.

The second edition of the Ramadan Night Market opened its doors to the public on Thursday at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The market was formally inaugurated by Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair. Running until August 10, the 10-day shopping fiesta will last from 8pm to 2am daily during the holy month of Ramadan and from 5pm to midnight during Eid. This year, the fair includes new features such as the Arabian Souq, Fashion Pavilion, Food Pavilion, Health and Beauty Bay and Kids Zone and will bring together 400 outlets.

Hundreds of people visited the night market on opening night.

“You do not usually find hawkers or people hawking their wares here in the UAE. But here I see vendors were using microphones to announce offers on their products,” said British national Rhonda Baines.

A Korean lady selling stone-carved hand mirrors was making a swift sale on her items, with the catchcry: “Ten dirhams for one mirror, very beautiful mirror”.

Ghanian painter and sculptor Kwaku Ofosuheng was selling traditional artifacts from his country. “This is my first time at the night market. I usually sell my artifacts at the Global Village. The fair is very interesting and you have a varied mix of nationalities attending it. Though the opening night does not seem very happening, I am hoping that things will pick up in the next10 days,” said Ofosuheng. Owner of the stall Tipsy Gipsy, Cristina Franco said: “I believe I have the soul of a gypsy and all of my clothes and accessories are hand-made. It is a one-stop-shop for ladies.” Franco’s stall is home to colourful tunics, long dresses, short tops, hair beads, necklaces, and head bands.

“There is a lot happening at this year’s Ramadan Night Market, we have created a fun atmosphere for the entire family especially for the little ones. Parents can enjoy shopping while kids can be engaged in various interactive workshops or can simply have fun at the kids play area, a special zone created just for them,” said CEO of Sumansa Exhibitions (fair organiser) Sunil Jaiswal.

Representing UAE’s culture and heritage “Arabian Souq” will be hosting a big Majlis with henna artist, kava and dates on offer.

source: khaleej times