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The Ripe Market in Dubai: A Weekend Extravaganza Returns

The popular Ripe Market has returned, providing a lovely weekend experience for guests of all ages, from youngsters to families, tourists, and locals.

The beloved Ripe Market is back, offering a delightful weekend experience for visitors of all ages, from children to families, tourists, and residents. This vibrant outdoor market promises diverse activities, including food, entertainment, shopping, games, and more.

Venue and Variety:

The Ripe Market is in the picturesque Dubai Police Academy Park in Umm Suqeim. It boasts an impressive range of attractions, from food trucks and fresh produce markets to games, children’s entertainment, and an array of novelty and souvenir items.

The market’s popularity is underscored by even His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who graced the Ripe Market with his presence during the last season.

As visitors explore the market, tantalizing aromas beckon them to sample various delicacies. Ahmed Akram described it as a “big food festival” featuring flavors worldwide, from delectable street food to exquisite dishes.

Family Time Outdoors:

Families can be spotted relaxing on the grass, savoring delicious food, sharing laughter, and enjoying live music in the background. The Ripe Market provides a fantastic way to spend time outdoors during the weekend evenings.

For many, the market has become a regular weekend destination. Visitors like Alice, a Swedish national residing in Jumeirah Village Circle, are drawn to the event for its food adventure and open-air atmosphere.

A Hub for Local Businesses:

Established in 2011, the Ripe Market is more than just a market; it’s a community-led initiative supporting local businesses. It provides a platform for home-grown businesses to launch and expand in the UAE.

The market serves as an incubator for entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, offering valuable exposure and opportunities for growth. 

Vendors like Baofriend, an Asian fusion cuisine outlet, find the market conducive to promoting their business and expanding to larger events.

The Ripe Market is not only about commerce; it’s also a vibrant space for local artists and new business owners to display their creations, spanning from exquisite jewelry to unique home decorations.

Fun for All Ages:

The lively atmosphere extends to kids, who can relish soft toys, an inflatable play area, gardens, and other child-friendly offerings.

For sports enthusiasts, the Ripe Market offers more than just shopping. Visitors can engage in soccer and padel matches, making it a destination for sports enthusiasts.

Operating Schedule:

The Ripe Market will continue until May 31, 2024, and is open exclusively on weekends, with operating hours on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and also on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Ripe Market is a cherished Dubai institution, offering a delightful mix of culture, commerce, and community engagement for all who attend.

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