Dubai is famed for its world-famous architecture, glitzy malls, elite restaurants, all luxuries that money can buy, and a lot more. Now, let us also tell you that away from all the urban glitter and glamour, the ‘City of Gold’ has a number of traditional and bustling local market places known as ‘souks’ or ‘souqs’. The souks are worth a visit for their lively and vibrant atmosphere alone. Of course, these places are also full of irresistible temptations. Not only this, one gets fine insights into the ancient and traditional culture of Dubai. Read on to know more about some of the must-visit souks in Dubai.
Probably, one of the most popular of all souks in Dubai is the glittering Gold Souk, which is located close to the Dubai Creek in the Al Ras area of Deira. Explore the sparkling streets of the souk, lined with numerous shops full of 22 or 24 carat gold ornaments. The variety is as impressive as the shades – pink, white, green, and yellow. For those planning to buy some gold here, a bit of advice – don’t forget to haggle! It’s like a tradition in this ‘City of Gold’, and haggling can lower prices by as much as 50%.
Soak in the unique aromas of the Dubai Spice Souk, which is located just next to the Dubai Gold Souk in Al Ras. The souk has numerous small shops selling a variety of spices from the Middle East and other parts of the world. Get transported to another world as you breathe in the rich aromas of colourful spices including cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, turmeric, chilli, curry, cloves, and bay leaves as well as basmati rice, dates, dry fruits, of nuts, tea, and tobacco!
Another aromatic treat for the senses awaits you on the fragrant streets of the Perfume Souk – a cluster of perfume shops on the Sikkat Al Khail Road in Deira, Dubai. Choose your favourite aroma from amongst the thousands of sweet fragrances and bargain hard. The shops of the perfume souk sell a wide variety of perfumes ranging from the traditional Arabic Ittars to contemporary popular favourites at the same place. The aromatic destination also sells a variety of incense in various forms including sticks, powder, crystal, rock, and wood.
Visit the quaint yet traditional alleys of the Textile Souk to buy textiles or clothes of your choice. The textile souk, which is located in Bur Dubai, offers numerous types of textiles in varied colours and textures from all across the world. You will find quality fabrics of all kinds – satin, silk, velvet, cashmere, cotton, and wool as well as garments, slippers, and souvenir items. This is probably the best place in Dubai where you should shop till you drop without worrying too much about the price. And yes, haggling is indispensable here as well.