This Week In Dubai: Ramadan Night Market, Photo Exhibits

Ramadan Night Market

The Ramadan Night Market is starting to wind down after a full week of shopping. Also a pair of fabulous photography exhibitions were going on this past week in Dubai.

Ramadan Night Market

Ramadan Night Market
Opening night at this year’s Ramadan Night Market.

Photo Credit: Time Out Dubai

The Ramadan Night Market started last week and lasted all of this week, but time is running out if you haven’t made it out there yet. The annual shopping extravaganza runs through July 11 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. There’s something for everyone at the Ramadan Night Market, including children’s activities to keep the little ones busy while you finish up your Eid shopping.

Every year more than 125,000 people attend the Ramadan Night Market, which features booths by 400 different vendors.

Mzungu, the Aimless Wanderer


Mzungu, the Aimless Wanderer
Mzungu, the Aimless Wanderer features a series of photos that tell a story about the journey of a lifetime.

Photo Credit: Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue‘s La Galerie Nationale is hosting Mzungu, the Aimless Wanderer, an exhibition by photographer Christian Ghammachi. The show is his second solo exhibition, and it features 25 photos taken during his trek from Cape Town to Djibouti last year. He rode a motorbike across Africa in a 6-month quest he called Two Wheels Across. Ghammachi chronicled his journey by taking pictures of people, places, and things he met and saw on his journey.

The exhibition goes through July 29, so there’s still time to catch it if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet.

Imaginary Exhibitions

Didier Naert
Didier Naert’s vision is to keep us from forgetting our past, although not necessarily by evoking nostalgia.

Photo Credit: Time Out Dubai

French movie set designer Didier Naert has a solo exhibition underway at the Plantation, Sofitel Dubai on The Walk at JBR. His show Imaginary Extensions is a collection of vintage photographs which is unique in the way it captures the unique imagination of an artist whose expertise is in movie sets. He printed all of the photos on aluminum or black paper board and then drew around them to make them look like dreams. Each piece is truly an image from a cinematographer’s world.

“Old images are an enigma for me because we don’t know why they have been taken or by whom,” Naert told Time Out Dubai.

He said he enlarges old photographs and then creates his designs around them to create something new, thus breathing new life into an old photo to give it new meaning. This particular exhibition focuses on photos from Paris streets taken during the 1950s and 1960s.

The show runs through July 31.