With Diwali just around the corner, hundreds of Dubai residents recently thronged a flea market that showcased unique handicrafts perfect for the festive season.
Held at the Grand Excelsior hotel in Bur Dubai, the market called ‘Quirky Nari’ was organized to support women entrepreneurs and allow them to showcase their products.
“We have organized the event at this time of year so that exhibitors can benefit from more female visits, more sales and greater exposure to their products,” said Neena Chaudhary, President of Jito. Ladies Wing, who organized the event.
The fair showcased a wide range of products – from designer clothes to accessories, shoes, perfumes and vegan foods – all of which were made and selected by women in Dubai.
Anshika Mehta was among those who came to the bazaar for her festive purchases. “I had come here just to check it out as I wanted something unique this Diwali. I managed to tick off all the items on my shopping list, and now I just have to buy the cosmetics,” Mehta said.
The day-long event featured nearly 35 stalls, some of which featured gold and silver jewelry. There was also a pop-up beauty salon.
“Two booths were also donated to promote educational toys and books,” Chaudhary said.
A calligraphy workshop at the fair was a success. “I tried calligraphy and I understood how to improve my writing”, says a young girl who came with her parents.
The event also held a breast cancer awareness campaign, allowing women to sign up for checkups. “Registration has been done here, and those who have registered will be able to have a mammogram at a private hospital in Ajman,” Chaudhary said.
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