by Out and About Mag.

Nothing is more enjoyable than being in Dubai outdoors, enjoying the beautiful winter weather, making it the perfect time to head outside to outdoor markets and pop-ups to enjoy time with family and friends.

With a host of free-to-attend markets happening throughout the winter season, don't miss the chance to browse exclusive items for your home or wardrobe, taste some of the most delectable street food the city has to offer, and hear from up-and-coming musicians as they take to the stage for exclusive performances.  

Outdoor markets

Al Seef Market  

Al Seef Market returns with yet another fun-filled programme of activities and entertainment for the entire family. With live performances, weekly themed workshops for kids, deliciously curated F&B creations, spectacular fireworks every weekend, and unique retail experiences fusing both the modern and the traditional, there is something for everyone. The authentic souq experience makes this market a firm family favourite for residents and visitors.   

Al Seef Market runs from December 23 to January 29, from 4 pm to 10 pm.


Etisalat MOTB  

The annual Etisalat MOTB is back in 2023, running from January 19 - 29. The original - and still the best - alternative shopping concept for Dubai features numerous local and international brands, entertainment, food and activities to explore. This year, Etisalat MOTB takes residence in Dubai's global hub for art, design and creativity, Dubai Design District (d3). The event is themed around New York City's electric and cosmopolitan energy.   

The market has unbeatable retail highlights, including an array of sustainable and trendy designer-makers. Brands on show include All that Dori and Mathilde showcasing their jewellery, Emirati leather-goods brand, Wadi and clothing brands Only Ethikal and Wasted Youth.

Shop and eat from a delicious selection of food stands; grab some delicacies from Baofriend, crispy fried chicken from Pickl and Chick'n Cone, or always a fan favourite, Fomo's irresistible burger.  


Dubai 80's  

Time travel to the 80s DSF's newest addition with Dubai 80's, happening from December 23 to January 8 at Al Khawaneej Walk and Last Exit Al Khawaneej. This nostalgic activation brings all things old-school and pop culture to Dubai. From toys, magazines, and books to video consoles, classic cars, and more. Immerse in nostalgic graffiti and munch on snacks from that era while jamming to '80s, '90s, and 2000s music. Dubai 80's is an unmissable blast from the past sure to resurface the most incredible childhood memories.  


Vibes by The Bay 

Explore a wide range of Instagrammable sights, tastes, and experiences at Vibes by the Bay, Dubai Festival City Mall. Visitors to the mall shop at a diverse marketplace, indulge in delicious food from street food trucks or catch the first-ever travelling aquatic circus in the Middle East, Fontana. Shows take place at 6 pm on weekdays and 3 pm and 6 pm at weekends until December 31. With a host of activities for all ages to enjoy, plan the trip to Dubai Festival City Mall with the whole family or with friends. For more information on the events and activities, visit the website

 Vibes by the Bay runs from 4 pm to 10 pm up until May 31. 

To enjoy the fantastic Dubai winter, head out to this round-up of must-visit markets and pop-ups happening across the city. 




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