The souks are the heart of Dubai. It’s where you can truly get the essence of the rich Arabian culture. The noisy souks (meaning bazaar or marketplace) in Dubai have a traditional air – the bustling narrow lanes, buyers haggling with the shopkeepers, the exotic smell of Bakhoor mixed with the aroma rising from the spices – all adds to the earthiness of the city standing in stark contrast to its ultra-modern demeanour.
Find out more here about the famous souks of Dubai:
1. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The endless alleys of this Arabic marketplace are glistening with lights. The air here is brimming with the aroma of fragrant spices and at every turn you are sure to find a display of cafes and restaurant, suiting each palate. Souk Madinat Jumeirah is especially beautiful during the night.
2. Bur Dubai Souk
If you are good at haggling then this is the best place where you can bag the best bargains. Wander through the narrow lanes of the souk and dig through the elaborate spread of embroidered fabric and beautiful souvenirs – Bur Dubai Souk is a place where you can spend hours. It has plenty of cafes where you can take breaks in between your shopping spree.
3. Fabric Souk
Located on the banks of the Dubai Creek, the fabric souk is a place lined with textile stalls displaying vibrant fabrics. Here, you will find the best quality hand-spun Pashmina fabric. Apart from traditional Arabic clothing, you will also find skilled tailors in the fabric souk. If you want, they can stitch you high-quality dresses and attire at an affordable price.
4. The Spice Souk
Standing face to face with the Fabric souk, just on the opposite bank of the Dubai Creek, the Spice Souk is where you will get all kind of exotic spices. The colourful spice powders, sacks full of whole spices and leaves – the sheer variety and volume of available spices make it a daunting task to decide. Apart from spices, you will also find frankincense, Oudh (a traditional Arabic perfume), coffee, and shisha here in the Spice Souk.
5. The Gold Souk
It’s easy to locate this souk on the banks of the creek from the golden glow emanating from the stalls lining the embankment. Necklace, rings, earrings, bracelets, brooches – the delicate carvings and intricate details of each ornament will leave you in awe. It’s the best place to buy gold at the best value but make sure to haggle a bit. If you are worried about the quality of gold, then don’t worry, this souk is monitored by the government to ensure the consistency in the quality of gold. You have to take a water taxi to reach this souk.
While the uber-cool malls reflect the contemporary swank of Dubai, these traditional bazaars are remnants of the bygone era. Do not miss the chance to explore a different facet of Dubai and check our cheap international tour packages today for amazing deals.