Following a promising debut at Dubai Festival City last week, Manbat farmers’ market is now a permanent spot at Marsa Plaza Promenade every Saturday from 4pm to midday.
There are more than 200 vendors on site, selling a plethora of farm-fresh vegetables and handpicked seasonal fruits, plus local artisan products like authentic honey, dates, dry fruits and spices.
Other products on offer include coffee, freshly-pressed juices, bread, pastries and plants.
Dubai Festival City and Manbat afford farmers from all over the country the opportunity to showcase their local products as well as nurture direct-to-consumer connections and build relationships with urban customers.
Manbat initiative is the brainchild of the Ministry of Climate and Environment and Sharjah’s development company Arada, fostered to promote fresh home-grown produce, enliven the back-to-the-roots spirit and support local farmers in a laid-back environment through cultivating consumer loyalty.
Manbat farmers’ markets launched at Aljada last year, Sharjah’s fastest-growing mixed-use project, before its move to Dubai.
Dubai Festival City is a mixed–use retail destination by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate.
In 2018, Dubai Festival City opened the Organic Souk fresh food market at Marsa Palace Creek.
Director of residential and commercial property at Al-Futtaim Group’s real estate department, Samer Zabian, said: “As a true lifestyle destination, Dubai Festival City has been actively encouraging UAE residents and tourists to embrace a healthy way of life.”
The Festival City houses a 2.5 million-square-foot urban retail space, including the Dubai Festival City Mall.
The mall also houses around 400 internationally-renowned brands.