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Dkakeen Festival: Inside Sharjah’s new shopping experience

The festival takes place each evening and includes a Ramadan market.

Shopping in the Emirates doesn’t just have to mean malls. There are concept shops, pop-up stalls and fun-filled festivals. So, if you are looking for a shopping experience with a difference, check out Dkakeen Festival. The festival takes place in Sharjah and brings together 35 stands, local entrepreneurs and a Ramadan market. 

Running from 26 March to 23 April, Dkakeen Festival is located in Khorfakkan Amphitheatre. Sharjah Government Media Bureau is behind the shopping festival, which showcases the Emirates social and cultural offerings. Plus, it is all part of His Royal Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah’s development projects. 

One of the highlights of Dkakeen Festival is the Ramadan market, which gives visitors the chance to support local businesses. The festival’s entertainment includes games and sports, which aim to promote a healthy lifestyle during the Holy Month. Plus, there are family-friendly recreational activities.

Tariq Saeed Allay, Director-General of SGMB, explained: “Through the Dkakeen Festival, we are looking to encourage families and entrepreneurs in and around Khorfakkan and enable them to showcase their best products and creativity in promoting their projects. This will help them enter and consolidate themselves in the labour market and become self-reliant in generating and expanding their financial income”. 

The Dkakeen Festival is open from Sunday to Thursday, from 8pm until midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays, it will be open from 8pm to 1am. 

If you’re looking for more inspiration this Ramadan, check out our guide to iftars in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Ramadan Mubarak. 

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