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 Travex Tips
  • Ensure you are aware of the custom allowance at your destination back, before you make any purchases
  • Keep a check on your baggage weight allowance on your departing flight
  • Never buy goods from individuals on the roads/by lanes offering discounted rates
  • Always ask for an original bill and warranty card (if applicable)
  • Exchange the currency to the local currency as you won’t get the best exchange rate at retail shops in purchases made in foreign currency such as USD, Pounds, Euros, etc…
  • Make sure you take a break or energise yourself before any shopping as malls, souqs, and markets are quit large and a lot of walking is needed
  • Dubai Shopping Festival (15th Jan - !5th Feb) is the best time for deals and discount offers.
  • Outlet Mall is a factory outlet mall with many international and local brand having their factory outlet stores, with discount going upto 70 %. The best day to go is a Monday, as they is additional offers on Monday
  • Factory outlets for brands such as Giordano, Adidas, other brands are available in the city (Search for Factory outlets in the shopping section)
  • If required for self-use, branded perfume is sold in Gold Souk, and Meena bazaar – Bur Dubai as ‘testers’, for almost 40 – 50 % lesser price
  • Best deals on branded luggage bags are available at Carrefour Supermarkets
  • GITEX is the best time for electronic shopping
  • A lot of Beauty and Bath, Fashion products are sold at discount prices at the Ramadan Night Market every year during Ramadan

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Trash to Treasure – the Hunt for the little treasures

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise with something to offer everyone, right from traditional souks to elaborate shopping malls, the city has it all and if you are up for bargains, the city has its own niche flea market. One man’s trash is always another’s treasure, as the saying goes and flea markets have always been a treasure trove for those looking for bargain on good second hand products.

A ‘Second Hand’ Idea

A popular market concept in USA, UK and European cities, where regular flea market treasure hunters sift through tables loaded with second-hand items and handicrafts, this unique concept is the brain child of Melanie Beese. Hailing from Germany, Melanie has experienced flea markets back home and wanting to move out from the normal routine stereotype “boring” shopping, the idea was to create not only a shopping experience but an outdoor social platform for meeting and connecting with others.

The first Dubai Flea Market was started in April 2008 at Safa Park, which has grown to be a popular must visit market destination, for anyone looking to buy quality ‘Second Hand’ stuff.  Dubai Flea Market is a place where one can buy and sell used items ranging from household items to home appliances, furniture, garments, toys, handicrafts, books and possibly everything under the sun.

With scores of people choosing to leave the city and as others arrive, the open-air market currently has become a popular destination for sellers and bargain-hunters alike. It is the place to offload unwanted items or pick up something you need at a reduced price.

How to buy from the flea market?

If you wish to buy from any of the flea markets, all you have to do is to carry some cash (and loads of small change) and visit the flea market near you. Generally, visitor entry is free. However, at some locations like Zabeel Park, visitors have to pay a nominal entry fee like AED 5. Then it is a bargainer’s joy with one having a wide selection of treasure trove to look into.  Do keep in mind, that you will only get second hand products and handicrafts. Food items are also not allowed. Retailers, traders and commercial vendors are not allowed to exhibit or sell their products at the Dubai Flea Market.

Dubai Flea Market locations

The Dubai Flea Market operates from October to May before the on-start of the summer months in the city. Initially, Safa Park was the hosting venue for the event but due to the ongoing constructions in that area, it has now moved to Zabeel Park. Apart from that, the bazaar is organized at some other locations around Dubai.  Some of the venues and dates are as follows:

  • Zabeel Park Flea Market (every first Saturday of each month)
  • Uptown Mirdiff Flea Market (every second Friday of each month)
  • Ibn Battuta Mall (every second Saturday of each month)
  • Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) – (every third Saturday of each month)

For more detail on the timing of each venue, more details can be found on their website, dubai-fleamarket.com

Travex Tips for Bargaining Success

  • Come to venue earlier to pick up the best items.
  • Carry cash and lots of small change
  • Bring a carry bag
  • Work along the lanes or rows systematically
  • Look for the best bargain tables