A market for every customer

Dubai’s markets are already a treasure trove for gold and spice hunters - and unusual services like plumbers for hire, pet birds, and even trucks could be in their future

Dubai is already known for its markets specialising in different objects. If you want turmeric, go to the spice market, if you want 24 carat earrings, go to the gold souk – and if you want a serving of jumbo shrimp, head to the hustle and bustle of Deira fish market. There are some services, however, that have previously been confined to the internet or yellow pages: services such as a plumber to stop a tap dripping, or a carpenter that will fix your roof.

A new proposal from the Dubai Municipality is aiming to bring these kinds of services to an open market, where electricians, plumbers, carpenters and the like advertise their services under one roof. The plan is to set up occupational markets in residential neighbourhoods, in order that residents should get the help of various technicians in their daily life.

Beyond the service industry, though, the emirate already has a flourishing network of markets and has plans for more. Hussein Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, told of plans for markets that will sell birds, perfume, and even trucks. Lootah said that the bird market will consist of 80 shops that sell pet birds and animals along with food and accessories, and a veterinary clinic where owners can take their animals to be treated.

The Deira fish market
The Deira fish market is due to be revamped with a larger space in HamriyahImage: Flickr user kaniths

Meanwhile, Al Fahidi Market, also due to open, will include a hyper-market and about 145 shops, in addition to restaurants, cafeterias, and jewelers. The market has been created in a traditional manner and “established on the basis of ancient and modern traditional occupations held by the people of the UAE, such as Arabian Perfumeries, jalabiyas, sweets and some heritage items with the participation of Architectural Heritage Society," Lootah continued.

The truck market is even more unusual, and will involve the sale of large heavy-duty trucks. Finally, markets in need of a re-vamp have not been left unattended.

"Considering the lack of enough space and the growing demand for fish, vegetables and fruits, the municipality is establishing the fish and vegetable market in Hamriyah, replacing the old market,” concluded Lootah. “The market includes all relevant services such as the sale of fish, vegetables, fruits and related activities, and there would be a large dock to handle boats loaded with fish."