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Top three marketplaces in Dubai

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With new markets popping up around Dubai, here is a list of our favourites

August 5, 2014 2:48 by

New marketplaces are expected to open in Dubai by the end of the year, according to Hussain Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality.

In accordance with directives from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the Al Fahidi Market, Traditional Market, Truck Market and the Pet Market are expected to open doors soon.

Lootah says: “The municipality has conducted some surveys among public and customers, which resulted in the adoption of a proposal to establish a market in the neighbourhoods that accommodate workers and technicians in all areas of work, that could be needed by the public in their daily life.”

While we are thrilled to see new attractions in the city, here is a look at what we already love best:

1. The Gold Souk

This may be one of the most historic and popular marketplaces around the city. As the name suggests, the Gold Souk is known for its low rates on gold. Traditional Arabic and Indian jewellery can be found in abundance, and the souk is frequented by residents and tourists alike.

The Gold souk is located on Al Khail Road in Deira, and is open seven days a week from 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 10pm (on Fridays, it is only open for the latter)

2. The Dubai Flea Market

This pop-up market is organised by the ARTE group and is open during the cooler months. The flea market allows for people across the city to meet and sell their second-hand items. Brand-new items are not commonly found at the market, as special documents must be obtained prior to making a sale. The flea market can be found in two locations, Safa Park and Uptown Mirdiff, between October and May.

3. The Marina Market

Located at the Dubai Marina, this market is open four days a week, from Wednesday till Saturday. Taking a stroll across the Marina Walk is much more pleasant when there are small stands adorning the waterline. The majority of vendors sell assorted accessories for women or men, but you can find a wide range of things, such as souvenirs and home items.

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