Get in the community spirit this Ramadan by participating in some of Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s most exciting and interesting fairs. These special markets, pop-up events, and shopping bazaars offer wonderful opportunities to spend time with family, shop for Eid, and find great bargains, and they bring together some of the best regional designers, F&B outlets, and charity exhibitions in the city. Browse Savoir Flair’s selection below and fill your calendar accordingly.
Tryano, the popular luxury department store in Abu Dhabi, will host a five-day pre-Ramadan fair called Layali Tryano from May 17 to 21, lasting until midnight each day. The fair acts as a showcase for regional designers, with everything from fashion and home goods to food and stationery on sale. Participating brands include the likes of Bil Arabi by Nadine Kanso and Maison des Fleurs. In addition to shopping, Layali Tryano will also offer henna, musical entertainment, and a special book signing by Emirati author Omar Al Busaidy on the opening night.
Nadi Nights with Good Vibes Market
Nadi Al Quoz in Alserkal Avenue plays host to Good Vibes Market during the Holy Month, with a weekly rotation of food vendors offering casual iftar and late-night dining. You’ll find Huguette and Guy and HookedDXB during the first week of Ramadan, The Shebi and BurgerItch from June 1 to 7, Son of a Chick and Scoop by No.57 Café from June 8 to 14, and Ka’ak Al Manara and Encas during the fourth and final week.
While the Emirates Palace Hotel usually does not allow public events, it is opening its doors for a very special Ramadan pop-up. Mirbad, a concept that seeks to revive the historical souq, will host international and regional designers, with a proceed of sales being donated to charity. Head there from June 8 to 10 between 8:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. to shop from the likes of Marina Qureshi, Izaak Azanei, Poca & Poca, and Alezan by SK.
Thoubi by Symphony, in conjunction with The Dubai Mall, is a pre-Ramadan charity event that runs from May 17 to 21. All proceeds will be donated to the Community Development Authority, which aids low-income families. You can find the Thoubi fair inside the Souk Atrium at The Dubai Mall during mall working hours.
The exhibition will showcase works by the likes of Fatma Al Mulla, Amal Al Araisi, Hessa Zainal, Btaina, Alayna, Anatomi, Fetha Couture, The Traveling Majlis, AKS The Label, Manal Al Hammadi, and more.
Festember: Project Warehouse
Festember, an arts and entertainment festival that takes place annually at Umm Al Emarat Park, has more than doubled in attendance growth since it was established in 2015. With the rising summer temperatures in mind, the fair’s organizers are taking the event indoors for a special Ramadan edition called Festember: Project Warehouse.
This unique festival brings together emerging local artists like Sheikha Al Ketbi, Sherina Al Suwaidi, and Diaa Allam, as well as 23 fashion and interiors retailers. Expect live entertainment from the likes of Glass Duo and mural painter Tony Martin, a ladies-only Majlis, and the premiere of Cafeteria by No.57. Shopping, food, and fun can be found under one roof at Warehouse 411 in Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi from June 1 to 4, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.