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Global Village hosts largest car boot sale every Friday

Guests can sell, buy, and play as they make deals on used and new items

Staff Report
13:25 February 11, 2018
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Dubai: Global Village, the region’s first and largest multicultural festival park, has announced that it will continue its successful ‘car boot sale’ every Friday at Parking Lot A between 1pm and 5pm.

The car boot sale creates an informal market and brings a number of sellers and buyers in one place as they avail of free entry and parking at Global Village. As in a flea market, it offers bargains galore with the added benefit that sales are done from the back of the seller’s car. They can rent a spot for merely Dh150, load their boot up with their unwanted toys, clothes, books, and any other products and drive them directly to the parking spot they will sell from.

The car boot sale at Global Village holds out many more advantages to sellers and buyers. As at any such sale, traditional ‘car booters’ (sellers) can be found selling their second-hand goods, but at Global Village, traders tables also sell handmade crafts, toys, sweets, collectives, cloths and a collection of other products. There is a children’s entertainment area that offers face painting, a petting zoo, and soft play area as well as food and drink stands, toilet and ATM facilities.

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Commenting on the new innovation that Global Village has brought to the UAE this year, Bader Anwahi, Global Village CEO, said: “This is another step we have taken to make Global Village the most preferred family destination for shopping.”

The car boot sale, he added, is the perfect place to sell surplus possessions, from toys, books, furniture, clothes, to anything at all and get good deals for them.

“All our guests have to do is to book their spot, load up their car and drive to the pitch,” he said.

Rob Newbould, the founder of the car boot sale spent his childhood frequenting car boot sales in the UK, “My father was an avid bargain hunter and took us to many auctions, factory outlets and of course car boot sales throughout our childhood. My father instilled in me the importance of thinking second-hand first! Whether we were buying or selling. I’ve been in Dubai for the past 7 and half years during which time I had never come across a car boot sale. It seemed like the obvious type of market to have here taking into account Dubai’s transient population coupled with a dominant housing rental market. People of all nationalities relocate both locally and internationally on a regular basis. This process significantly lends itself to both the buying and selling of second-hand goods. The success of the existing second-hand markets and classified ads are testimony to this.”

Global Village continues to offer unique shopping experiences, cultural performances, entertainment events and surprises every day until April 7, and is open from 4pm to 12am from Saturday to Wednesday, and from 4pm to 1pm on Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays. On Mondays, it is dedicated to families and women only.