Market Outside the Box (MOTB) returns this week from the 11 – 20 January, giving shoppers the chance to shop some of Dubai’s more unique retail concepts.

The annual market will feature 120 emerging and talented regional designers, shining a spotlight on some of the best homegrown and artisanal products from independent retailers across the city.

From textiles and fashion including handwoven scarves to original and eclectic jewellery collections, there will be a wide selection of beautiful pieces for fashionistas to discover at this year’s MOTB. Health conscious shoppers looking to improve their nutrition, can browse a range of meal plan companies, such as MySixPak and Tania’s Teahouse and for shoppers hoping to spruce up their homes, retailers such as The Bowery Company and Origins Collective will be showcasing some of their iconic soft furnishings and home accessories to help residents update their living space.

In addition to the exciting selection of retailers at this year’s MOTB, there will be a whole host of activities such as Pilate classes and an outdoor cinema, as well as entertainment including a mesmerizing magician, hip hop performances and a DJ. Not forgetting the mini shoppers, there will be some very special bedtime story-reading sessions for kids to enjoy each night.

Here, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), has revealed some of the outstanding brands who will be at MOTB 2018. The free-to-enter market is located at Burj Park, and will open between 4pm – 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends.


Deborah Henning
The Deborah Henning label creates a beautiful mix of playful, androgynous womenswear, which is based on the concept of casual perfection. Harnessing the ‘just out of bed’ look in a subtle and sensual manner whilst keeping a refined and unforced styling attitude. Mixing the effortless attitude of style icons such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Patti Smith with inspiration from the undertones of the British Music scene, the label creates a delicate balance of casual, luxe clothing made for those who want to make a style statement without looking overdressed

Eman Design

Eman Design is an Egyptian jewellery brand, offering; handmade, designer jewellery. Its founder Eman Banna originally studied architecture, which continues to influence her designs. She creates minimal, contemporary pieces, all of which are locally produced in Egypt and finished in-house.
The brand concept is taking jewellery beyond being a luxury and making design and beauty accessible to everyone. In 2017 a new line was added to the brand under the name of FLAW; offering genuine leather bags and jewellery inspired by visual elements in the Egyptian culture, and designed to give users space to express themselves through what they wear.

House of Fatam
House of Fatam is a contemporary Emirati label based out of Dubai. It is the epitome of effortless ethereal fashion celebrated through the love of prints and unique hand embroidery. Each collection has a backdrop story and is inspired by various elements ranging from fairy tales to the designers’ home city of Dubai. The beauty of every design is reflected through intricate hand-embroidered embellishments and unique prints.

Randoushka is a UAE based brand started in 2013. Offering casual, modern abayas, comfortable, chic and colorful pieces, all inspired by travelling between the east and the west using fabrics are imported from Turkey, India, Thailand, Korea, and Jordan. Each of the designs are influenced by the local region and contemporary fashion styles.

‘Burqa Babes by Satami’ was born out of the love of burqas and all things Emirati. These contemporary designs add a modern twist to the traditional Emirati heritage in a fun and unique way. Finding inspiration from the vibrant culture of the UAE, from t-shirts with catchy slogans, to summer dresses and flowing kimonos, Burqa Babes offers casual everyday wear that oozes comfort, style and pizzazz – the ‘Dubain’ way!

Lovage Dubai
Lovage Dubai, an urban brand based in the UAE, is considered a leading perfumer offering niche, fusion, bukhoor incense and French fragrances. In addition to perfume, Lovage Dubai also offers high quality personal care products for the hair, beard, face, nail and body and is unique to the UAE showcasing its traditional culture, in a modern way as it combines ingredients and notes from around the globe.

Ayah Home
Ayah Home is a Dubai based home décor and concept store offering a unique range of products for you and your home. Supporting a range of independent designers from all over the world, as well as having their own collection made locally in Dubai, Ayah Home products are inspired by the latest home and lifestyle trends; but remain in touch with the Middle East and the Dubai Culture combining their passion for mixing culture with modern designs.

Boutique Nomads
Boutique Nomads is a vibrant lifestyle concept store dedicated to inspiring customers to infuse sunny moments into their daily routines. The carefully curated assortment of fun-loving novelties, artsy décor, bohostyle fashion and trendy accessories has been cherry picked for the happiest of summer vibes. The cheerful shopping gem is home to all things bright and colorful – either whimsical or sophisticated, but certainly never dull. Stocked with renowned brands from across the globe as well as ethically sourced artisan crafts, Boutique Nomads is the ultimate source of inspiration for wonderfully affordable and unique finds.

Emaan Home
Emaan Home is a home and lifestyle concept boutique with a faith-inspired focus on soft minimalism and Nordic simplicity. A collection of quiet designs for slow living that infuse soul and serenity into the modern home and psyche.

Loboand is a 100% ‘Made in the UAE’ lifestyle brand that’s all about the love of design. Bright, colorful, vibrant and fun, the designs are a witty observation of life in the UAE. From unique trays to statement cushion covers, quirky mugs to funky gift boxes, the brand is a refreshing take on life in the Middle East.

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