Despite the downturn in recent years people still seem to be arriving in the capital, and along with that comes exciting developments – one of the latest of those being the return of the Mawasim Organic Market at the World Trade Centre Mall…
Mawasim are a farm company in Abu Dhabi growing organic produce locally – they’re based out near the airport and they’re even EU Organic certified so you can be sure you’re getting the real deal.
The market first started in early May 2015 running every Friday and sadly closed this location a year or so later, but now as of Feb 2018, the market is back every day from 1pm to 8pm! Mawasim has a diverse range of organic fruits and vegetables on offer, and has long since been a favourite of mine (they also have a store located just off Khaleej Al Arabi Street in Mushrif).
The idea is that the market is here to stay, and will only flourish from here on in. In terms of produce, the summer months are the slowest period of the year because they need to let the soil rest – nothing to do with the heat even! But if this is the range of fresh fruit and veggies that they have available in the slow season, I can’t wait to see what they have to offer when their produce is more abundant from around September! Figs, aubergine, melon, herbs, chillis, peppers, tomatoes, bananas and so much more is already available! Everything is grown locally – the bananas are grown from trees that were imported from Costa Rica but are now happily planted here in Abu Dhabi and there are plans to have orange and apple trees in the future too, though these will take some time to mature.
It’s another great addition to the city and the plan is that the market may move outside at the mall come the cooler months in October, but for now we can still shop in air-conditioned comfort over the summer.
And it’s not just organic produce either. There are arts, crafts and food stalls joining the market, many from across the road at the souk, and these are set to steadily increase in numbers in the coming weeks.
And of course there’s something for the little ones too with an arts and crafts activity station on weekends to keep the kids entertained while you shop in peace!
We bagged a good amount of groceries that will keep us going for the week – now the hardest thing to do is to decide what to cook with it all!
For organic melons bigger than your head and loads more besides, make sure you get down there and support this initiative. Who doesn’t love a good market after all?!
For further information check out the Mawasim website.