The Ramadan Night Market has proven to be an instant hit among the people of Dubai, as 8,500 shoppers flocked to the grand opening on August 10th. It has been set up at the Dubai World Trade Centre and organisers are hopeful that footfall will exceed 20,000 by the end of the ten-day event. More than 100 retailers - ranging from small, lesser-known brands to world famous companies - were selling products at the market on the opening night. A whole range of goods are on offer, including electronics, perfumes, clothes, cosmetics and jewellery. Sunil Jaiswal - chief executive officer of Sumansa Exhibitions, which organised the market - believes the retail sector in the UAE is thriving at the moment. "It's going to be a hustling, busting place and certainly will provide a different shopping experience than going to a mall," he remarked. "The launch of the market comes as retail spending in the UAE is on the increase, with retailers reporting sales growth this year up 15 per cent from a year earlier on the strength of a buoyant market," Mr Jaiswal added. Visitors to the emirate will be able to scour the market between 20:00 and 03:00 local time each night during Ramadan and between 17:00 and midnight during Eid. This shopping extravaganza is just the latest example of how Dubai has become a retail hub in the Middle East. Not only does the emirate boast the largest mall in the world, it also has a fine array of glamorous boutiques that appeal to wealthy holidaymakers and businesspeople. It is hardly surprising that so many high-end brands are so desperate to set up a base in the UAE and events like the Ramadan Night Market and the prestigious Dubai Fashion Week will only enhance its reputation even further. Kaizer Federal - founder and managing director of Kaizer Leather - recently told the Khaleej Times that the demand for luxury products is still very high in Dubai and there has been a notable upswing in consumer confidence of late.