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Dubai: Now, promote your selfmade items at neighbourhood markets; here is how – Information

Although the municipality is encouraging contributors to have a enterprise allow or a licence, it’s not a requirement in registering for the pop-up market

Printed: Sat 24 Dec 2022, 2:32 PM

Emirati housewife Mariam has dreamt of promoting her meals for a number of years, however she couldn’t muster up the braveness to arrange a restaurant. Now, for the primary time ever, she is promoting selfmade samosas and tea on the Freej Souq.

A brand new initiative by the Dubai Municipality (DM), the Freej Souq is giving residents the golden alternative to promote their selfmade items at a casual market in an effort to encourage their entrepreneurial skills. It’s going to happen all through this week at Al Barsha Pond Park.

“My husband and I’ve a dream of opening up a restaurant,” mentioned Mariam. “I even took an e-licence, however we weren’t positive. Once I heard in regards to the souq, I made a decision that this was my likelihood to check the waters and see what individuals like.”

Whereas chatting with Khaleej Instances, clients streamed into her kiosk and most of them needed samosas and karak. “I’m additionally promoting pasta and vine leaves,” she mentioned. “However since it’s teatime, the very best demand is for samosas. It bought fully bought out and I simply bought some extra fried. It has been expertise to get buyer’s suggestions.”

Neighbourhood market

The Freej Souq, which interprets into ‘a neighbourhood market’, goals to assist homepreneurs take a step in direction of organising their enterprise. Though primarily focused at Emiratis, the souq additionally has choose spots for expats to supply their selfmade merchandise.

“We encourage the contributors to have a allow or licence, however it’s not a necessity,” mentioned Ahmed Al Zarooni, director of public parks and leisure services division on the DM. “We’re working carefully with the Dubai SME and Dubai Financial Division to simplify the method in order that extra individuals will register their companies.”

Mariam mentioned she is grateful for the chance to exhibit on the souq. “Now, I’ve a bit extra confidence,” mentioned the mom of three.

“I actually have a title for my restaurant. It will likely be referred to as Esmohim, as a mix of the initials of my three boys, and God keen, I’ll open up a department in 2023.”


On the finish of this month, the souq might be shifted to Al Warqa 3 park the place it should run from January 1 to 10. “All our tables are fully booked, and we now have a ready checklist,” mentioned Ahmed. “That is the primary time we’re doing this occasion, so we need to see how issues go. With the teachings learnt from this, we’ll plan a much bigger souq subsequent 12 months.”

Turning ardour into enterprise

Graphic designer Tariq Damouri was one other a type of exhibiting on the souq. He first began experimenting with soaps when his teenage daughter developed a pores and skin rash on the peak of Covid.

“We went to numerous docs, however nothing appeared to work,” he mentioned. “When one physician urged altering soaps, I began researching, and what I discovered shocked me. Each cleaning soap has so many chemical substances in them. That’s how I began making my very own bars of cleaning soap.”

It took him 9 months of trial and error to have the ability to make his first bar efficiently. “The primary one I made was the chamomile cleaning soap and it labored wonders for my daughter’s pores and skin,” he mentioned. “Inside 5 weeks, her rash fully disappeared.”

That’s when the daddy determined to take this up as a enterprise. His subsequent experiments included making a turmeric and blackseed cleaning soap after which a goat milk cleaning soap. Retailing at round Dh30 per bar, he mentioned the problem was the time interval in manufacturing the cleaning soap. “It takes me round 4 or 5 weeks to make one batch,” he mentioned. “Since I don’t use chemical substances, there isn’t a solution to velocity up the method.”


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