Saturday, January 7, 2012

Community bazaar in Abu Dhabi

It all started with a complaint about a refrigerator.

"My marketing professor was complaining about how she needed a new fridge, but couldn't find a second-hand store that would buy her old one," 21-year-old Zayed University finance student Latifa Al Romaithi said.

She was talking to Gulf News about the inception of the community bazaar that will be held today at 4pm in Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi.

It occurred to Latifa and two of her friends, Hind Al Nuaimi and Fatima Ali Bin Salim, to introduce to the community the concept of the ‘Moving Souq' — an Emirati version of a garage sale.

The first thing they did was head to the Community Service department at the Abu Dhabi Municipality to register their idea and complete the required paperwork to hold this event.

They then set up registration and started spreading the word through social media for anyone who would be interested in participating.

The girls were pleased by the reaction they received from the community; the message spread and in no time, they had 25 registered community members, who will be selling handmade accessories, used books, clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery and other items this evening.

"We decided we would be charging Dh200 per stall. A small amount of our profits will be used to cover our costs and the rest will go to charity," Latifa said.

"Putting this together wasn't easy at all, especially that we had to run around for paperwork, while keeping up with studies and our other activities, but with support from our parents and friends, it's finally happening."

Follow them on twitter: @MovingSouq