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Chess tournament

Don’t miss out on the chance to take part in the chess tournament that will see winning participants take home cash prizes, trophies, and gift vouchers. The waterfront will come alive with a diverse range of F&B vendors from the Thai Souq and live music until late in the evening.

​The tournament begins with an elimination round on 5 May, followed by the semi-finals on 6 May and finals on 7 May. 

Participants will be required to register through a free-of-charge online platform via to confirm a spot. Registration closes on 30 April for visitors who wish to participate in the competition.

The chess Tournament will be spread across three days, from 5 to 7 May, from 2 pm to 10 pm.

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Celebrate this year’s Dubai Food Festival with AED 10 dishes at Souk Al Marfa

As the city gears up for the return of the Dubai Food Festival, treat yourself to a variety of delicious dishes at Souk Al Marfa, the waterfront souk and marketplace at Dubai Islands, for AED 10 when you visit between 2 pm and 12 am, from 21 April to 7 May.

       Get immersed in different cultures at Souk Al Marfa as you try out a selection of cuisines including Indian, Thai, Chinese, and Korean. Enjoy an array of street food options from your favorite vendors including Bee Bee Seafood Restaurant, Marfa Biryani, Meokja, and many more.

Bee Bee Seafood Restaurant

  • Opt for a refreshing Mini Mango Salad with red onion strips that add a crunchy, tangy, and slightly nutty taste to this dish

Bee Bee Seafood Restaurant is located at Thai Souq. 

Marfa Biryani

  • Don’t miss out on the Marfa Chicken Dum Biryani served with an inviting drink of hibiscus with honey rose

Marfa Biryani is located next to Entrance 2.


  • Treat your tastebuds to Korean Fried Rice topped with a perfect sunny-side-up fried egg and roasted seaweed

Meokja is located at Thai Souq.

Mong Mee See Suk

  • Indulge in a Chinese Cruller or YouTiao served with a cup of freshly brewed coffee 

Mong Mee See Suk is located at Thai Souq.

Bait Al Zain

  • Enjoy the Chicken Mandi/Kunafa, made with a special blend of spices.

Bait Al Zain is located next to Entrance 6.

Dosa Express

  • Delight in burgers, dosas and juices all for AED 10 from this dining destination that specialises in authentic South Indian cuisine

Dosa Express is located in the Street Food Corner.

Toujours Bonheur Café

  • Get your morning or mid-day fix with a croissant and coffee from this cosy Mediterranean café

Toujours Bonheur Café is located next to Entrance 1.

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Dine & Win

Spend AED100 on any restaurant at souk al Marfa and get a chance to win a family staycation at Centara mirage beach resorts, Dubai islands

Terms & Conditions

  • This campaign is valid from 28/04/2023 till 07/05/2023.
  • Spend AED 100, on the same day, in any of the F&B Store at Souk Al Marfa for a chance to win a hotel staycation at Centara Mirage Beach Resort at Dubai Islands.
  • 4 lucky winners will be randomly selected every week.
  • A total of 08 lucky winners will be randomly selected throughout the campaign period.
  • Winners will be contacted via phone call by Souk Al Marfa representatives.
  • This Campaign is valid for Souk Al Marfa customers. Tenants and mall staff are not allowed to participate.
  • Customers should present their original bill at the customer service desk and provide other necessary details to take part in the draw.
  • Submission of original receipt(s) will only be accepted until the mall closing time for each day of the campaign period.
  • Souk Al Marfa reserves the right to vary/amend the privileges or terms & conditions without prior notice.
  • Souk Al Marfa retains the right to reject any receipt(s) that has been tampered with or found in any way unacceptable.
  • Souk Al Marfa holds no responsibility if receipt(s) is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed and no replacement will be provided.
  • By entering this campaign, the customer has accepted the above Terms and Conditions.
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Dubai Food Festival

21 April 2023 – 7 May 2023

Dubai Food Festival is a citywide culinary celebration that showcases the Emirate’s emergence as the gastronomy capital of the region through a packed 17-day programme of food-related events, activities, promotions and appearances by food celebrities all across the city. The Festival promotes the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offering – from its five-star gourmet dining to its unique Hidden Gems. Dubai Food Festival is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism. In its 10th edition, Dubai Food Festival 2021, which runs from 21 April till 7 May, continues to position the emirate as a global tourism destination offering unique culinary experiences, giving residents and visitors a flavour of the very best of Dubai’s food scene.

Participating Restaurants:

Bait Al Zain

Al Marfa Biryani

Dosa Express

Mong Mee See Suk


Toujours Bonheur Cafe

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The 1 Million Peso Shootout Challenge is back. Same mechanic, same place, but bigger prizes!

Join the preliminary rounds by scanning the TAG QR codes inside Souk Al Marfa to register, and then proceed to Entrance 5 where the shootout will happen from 4PM – 6PM on these dates: 12th Feb, 18th Feb and 25th Feb.

Qualified players will move on to the final round on 4th March where someone can win 1 million pesos or 70,000 dirhams!

Plus, one lucky winner will get a chance to take home AED 10,000 cash prize.

Make sure to bring the family to join in or cheer you on as there’ll be lots of activities and added games for everyone to enjoy. Catch our on-air competition to win extra perks and prizes. Stay tuned in to Tag91.1 for more details.

Terms and Conditions :

Preliminary rounds for The 1 Million Peso Shootout Challenge will happen on 12th, 18th and 25th Feb and all those who qualify will be invited to come back and join the finale on 4th March at Souk Al Marfa.

No professional basketball players and anyone under any of these categories – pros, club pros, semi pros, and former pros are allowed to participate. Former PBA/PBL players are not allowed. Professional basketball players are those who get paid and earn money to compete/play basketball here in the UAE or anywhere else in the world.

No trial shots or mulligans are permitted. Shots cannot be transferred to another person.

Should I be qualified to join The 1 Million Peso Shootout Challenge, I hereby adhere to:
• Attend the finale of The 1 Million Peso Shootout Challenge on 4th March at Souk Al Marfa
• Present proof of identification – residence visa, Emirates ID or valid passport
• Understand that only 40 players can participate in the challenge
• During my turn, I need to pick one spot beyond the 14-meter half basketball court and from that specific spot, shoot the ball twice. The first player to make two successful shots wins the 1 million peso or AED 70,000 dirham prize.

In case of a win, ARN and 5th Consulting DMCC will conduct necessary verification before awarding the cash prize.


Dubai Island Dubai – 6 Best Things To Do

Dubai Island, one of the oldest districts of Dubai, stretches across four artificial islets across an area of about 15.8 square kilometers. Once a prime hub for trade and commerce, the island has evolved into one of the most promising and prospering regions in the world, globally acknowledged for its upmarket residences, hotels and restaurants, world-class retail outlets and markets, shopping malls, harbors, and many more. The Dubai district is also a center of attraction for the world-famous traditional Arab souks, or markets for gold, spices, and perfumes.

Today, Dubai Island has turned out to be one of the most spectacular centres of tourist attraction in Dubai. As a traveller or tourist, you can access the island via road or sea and enjoy visiting the best places, from beach parks and traditional souks to remarkable architectural structures. Here are the six best things that you must do in Dubai during your Dubai tour:

Al Mamzar Beach Park: If you are a beach lover, the Al Mamzar beach park will surely keep you astounded with its five pristine beaches covering an approximate area of 106 hectares, which are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. This beach park also has three pools where tourists who do not prefer getting sandy can relax. Besides, the seaside spot has a pleasant grassy area perfect for picnics. Also, you will get several food kiosks, cafeterias and restaurants offering mouth-watering delicacies to enjoy the Beach to the fullest.

Dubai Old Souk Abra Station: It is an Abra Dock situated in the Dubai area of Dubai City, very close to the world-famous gold and spice souk. If you are planning to visit the Gold and Spice Souk, the boats conveying to the Dubai Old Souk Abra Station can help you reach your destination. With an exclusive range of fine-work and modern design gold jewellery, the Arabian Gold market attracts numerous business personnel and customers worldwide. Rest assured to get impressed with the myriad collections and spectacular offers on gold jewellery at the Arabian Gold market. Alternatively, if you are a food enthusiast stepping into the land of enticing flavours and aroma, bring home the freshest of ingredients infused with the smell of Middle East spices elevating the taste of your cuisines.

Souk Al Marfa: The name that first comes to your mind with Dubai Island is none other than the stunning waterfront whole sale souk or marketplace, the Souk Al Marfa. This marketplace is a one-stop indoor market with more than four hundred shops and stores in the form of small kiosks, retail stores, street food markets, showrooms and many more. It extends to the limits of about 1.9 kilometres along the waterfront and is a centrally air-conditioned Arabian Souk. 

From decorative pieces, handicrafts and carpets, lights and electronic items, delicious street food items and fast-food restaurants to fashion, clothing and spices, what not will you get at this magnificent shopping centre! So, include the Souk Al Marfa on your list and do not forget to visit it during your Dubai Trip. 

Women’s Museum Bait Al Banat: Translated as the Girl’s House, the Bait Al Banat Museum bears significant historical importance of the UAE women breaking the shackles of stereotypes and playing phenomenal roles in establishing a society enriched in peace, education and culture. It is a must-visit place if you are keen on literature or artistic works of eminent women artists of the UAE.

Heritage House: Situated on the oldest Dubai Island, the Heritage House gives you a glimpse of the then local traditional housing with the values, contents and approaches that the then merchants created for day-to-day life. The graceful balcony surrounds the coral and gypsum heritage building. The 3-D dioramas inside the large rooms and the informative audio-video displays will convey the various conventional aspects of life. Visit this historical courtyard house; if you are ready for your vacation at Dubai Island, Dubai.

Dubai Dolphinarium: Another delightful tourist spot that children and adults prefer to visit is the Dubai Dolphinarium. The action-packed shows of the graceful and charismatic sea dolphins cannot simply fail to provide you with fun and amusement. As a tourist, you can participate in swimming sessions and interact with gentle sea creatures. Undoubtedly, you will cherish the memories you create with them throughout your life.


Is the Al Mamzar beach park worth visiting?

Yes, you will enjoy visiting Al Mamzar Beach. 

How can I have business opportunities at Souk Al Marfa? 

Visit the official website and contact the helpline number to avail the business opportunities at Souk Al Marfa.

How far are the gold and spice souks from Abra Dock?

They are just a few yards away from the Old Dubai Abra station.


Are you planning a trip to Dubai? Visit Dubai Island as one of the best tourist attractions. Of course, every tourist destination will make your trip worth remembering. However, consider stopping by the Souk Al Marfa for an incredible and unique shopping experience.