27 October 2016Last updated

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Charity and shopping go hand-in-hand at Dubai’s New Friday Market

Dar Al Ber Society, JYK collaborate to bring major brands under one roof for a novel shopping experience

26 Jan 2016 | 01:30 pm
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A brand new weekend shopping opportunity called The Friday Market will be inaugurated this Friday, January 29 at Rolla Street, opposite Baqer Mohebi Supermarket in Bur Dubai. The unique aspect of this Friday Market is that it has a charitable purpose.

The organisers, JYK, will hold it in association with Dar Al Ber Society, a Dubai-based semi-government charity organization. The profits will go towards the society’s causes.

The other unique aspect is that market, to be held every Friday, will bring several big brands under one roof to provide a unique shopping experience to the residents of UAE.

The primary aim of The Friday Market is to raise awareness about Dar Al Ber Society, as well as the various humanitarian activities they support and facilitate among the residents of the UAE, especially the expatiate community. Besides, the market seeks to provide an opportunity for shoppers to purchase big brands at factory outlet prices.

In an effort to promote entrepreneurship and support start-up companies, the market also offers space to small and medium businesses and individual vendors looking to showcase their wares.

‘At JYK, we believe that Dar Al Ber Society’s exemplary work deserves maximum attention and support from the residents, which is the reason we have started this initiative,’ says Juhi Yasmeen Khan, the founder of JYK Fashion House. ‘Traditionally, the concept of Friday market has been that of a flea market, with individuals selling their wares without paying too much attention to quality. In bringing big brands together and individual vendors under one roof, with high quality and discounted prices, The Friday Market is providing an opportunity for both vendors and customers to support a noble cause merely by selling or buying the products. By visiting or participating in The Friday Market, people will be able to support families in distress, save lives of critically ill people, and help underprivileged children get education.’

Since its inception in 1978, Dar Al Ber Society, one of the first such initiatives in the UAE, has been actively supporting the underprivileged section of the society by paying for their basic requirements such as medical expenses, schools fees, house rent and food. They also supply relief materials to other countries that are suffering from natural calamities and other problems.

The Friday Market, an open air weekly marketplace, will be held every Friday from 29 January 2016 from 3.00 pm to 11.00 pm until May 27, 2016 at Rolla Street in Bur Dubai.

The market has already attracted prime retailers, hospitality outlets and service providers.

Among the items sold will be garments, textile, accessories such as jewelry and bags, shoes, books, toys, electronics and household items.

Additionally, there will be entertainment activities for children such as animal feeding, water fun rides, bouncy castles, games, face painting etc. Stalls with live food stations and snacks are also on the offer, ensuring a wholesome fun experience for the entire family.

Companies can participate in the market as a vendors for which stalls are offered for rent to display and sell products/services, and stalls for promotions like sampling, brand awareness, product launch, etc.

Entry to The Friday Market is free.

Inside info

Those who wish to participate in The Friday Market or seek more information may call 055 - 140 4035 or email at: Details are also available on Facebook at: