The Al Ain Oasis in Abu Dhabi is hosting a Saturday market that is full of colour and life, featuring a variety of activities and products. It is open every Saturday until March 25 from 3pm to midnight, with an entrance fee of Dh10 for children aged three to 11, and Dh20 for visitors over 12. Children under two and people with disabilities can enter for free. The market is set amidst over 147,000 date palms, in an area that spans over 1,200 hectares and has over 550 palm tree farms.
The market offers a range of attractions that will appeal to visitors of all ages. Among the highlights is a dabke performance by a group of young dancers, which is sure to get everyone moving. Fresh and locally-produced fruits and vegetables are available at several stalls in the farmer’s market, including corn, lemon, and a variety of leafy greens. For those with a sweet tooth, a gentleman at the market is slicing mangoes into the shape of French fries, then adding spices for a delicious and unique treat.
The market also has a souq section, where local businesses sell a variety of products, including jewelry, accessories, and home-grown fashion. Children can enjoy free activities such as face painting, plant-potting, and playing retro video games on bean bags. The food stalls offer a diverse range of cuisines, from bubble tea and specialty coffee blends to popular Middle Eastern dishes like harees and falafel, as well as other international options such as east African beef skewers and Palestinian dish chicken musakhan.
Overall, the Saturday market at Al Ain Oasis is a vibrant and exciting event that offers something for everyone.