Dubai’s shopping malls and traditional souks are the emirate’s key crowd pullers. Every year millions of tourists flock to Dubai just for a world-class shopping experience across its glitzy malls and souks. While the malls here comprise countless luxurious brands, the traditional Arabian markets sell almost everything imaginable. Besides a delightful shopping experience, these souks also offer an opportunity to experience the rich Arabian culture.
Take a look below at some of the popular souks in Dubai:
The traditional gold souk in Dubai, Gold Souk is one of the most popular gold markets in the world. With an array of covered walkways lined with hundreds of jewellery shops, the souk is a hit with shopping enthusiasts interested in buying gold trinkets or souvenirs. Haggling is the name of the game here and you can crack amazing bargains if you are good at it. Not everyone visits the place to buy the precious metals and you can also take a tour of the souk just to discover this traditional market with a difference.
Not far from the Gold Souk, Spice Souk is another impressive market in Dubai that appears as a vibrant trading floor. With colourful sacks of spices, herbs, rice, dry fruits and nuts grown locally as well as in the neighbouring countries like India, Pakistan and Iran, the market is a perfect place to explore the exotic side of Dubai. It is a regular spot for top chefs, home cooks, expats and food lovers, and is where you can get high-quality saffron, A-grade dates, dry fruits, candied nuts and locally-bended teas.
Located at the Sikkat Al Khali Street just up the road from the Gold and Spice Souks, Perfume Souk draws visitors with its mesmerising fragrances. From the exotic fragrances of jasmine, rose and amber to Arabic ittar to branded international fragrances, you can find them all in the form of incense sticks, essential oils, pure perfumes and traditional Oud. There are many shops where you can create your own signature fragrances as well.
Situated on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, Textile Souk is a favourite spot of Dubai’s in-demand tailors and emerging fashion designers. The market has a vast array of shops selling colourful fabrics of fine silks, airy cottons, exotic palm frond weaves, and dazzling saris. Abaya (traditional womenswear), kandoura (traditional menswear), shawls and tailor made garments are all the major selling fabrics here.
With endless alleys to stroll through, Souk Madinat is a popular Arabic market in the city nestled between the five-star Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr hotels. It is an ideal place for those who are not into bargaining but wish to enjoy the thrill of shopping souk-style. You can shop here for a wide range of interesting artworks, sculptures and fashion jewellery. There is also an array of restaurants and cafes to choose from for a fine dining experience and to try a variety of cuisines including Lebanese, traditional Arabic, European and more.