Popular Souks in Dubai
There are two ways of shopping in Dubai: You can either splurge in the world's best shopping malls, or you can bargain your way through the traditional Dubai markets, which are more commonly known as souks.
|Dubai plays an important role in international trades thanks to its strategic position|
|Sikkat al-Khail Rd - the center of all the major souks in Dubai|
There are many souks in Dubai selling similar items with similar prices, and they are set apart only by location and size. These souks are especially popular among tourists from the Gulf (you know, those who are actually there to shop) while others, like myself, are only there because they are on the attraction list.
Below is a list of the most popular souks in Dubai and how you can get there:
Popular Souks in Dubai
Gold SoukThe gold souks in Dubai are globally acclaimed. Taking a walk through one of these souks will give your senses a rather pleasing stroke (even if it means going home empty-handed). Rows after rows of narrow alleys are lined with shops selling innumerable grades of golds and precious ornaments, and the sight of the twinkles and sparkles from the display window will leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Psst. It is said that there are approximately 10 tons of gold sold at any given time in this souk.
How to get to Gold Souk
There are three options:
i. By bus: 10-minute walk from the Deira bus station
ii. By train: Stop at Al Ghubaiba Metro Station
iii. By boat: Hop onto an abra from Bur Dubai across the creek
|Gold Souk in Deira. The Perfume Souk is also located here.|
|Diamonds. Gold. Diamonds on gold.|
Spice SoukFood in the Middle East is smothered in colorful, fragrant spices. Located just across the Gold Souk in Deira, tourists can find fresh spices conveniently packed in pouches, ready for them to take home.
|Spice Souk in Dubai|
You can find almost any kind of spice here, from cinnamon to cardamon, saffron to sumac. Stocks are constantly replenished by freight from neighboring countries such as India, Pakistan, and Iran. Immerse yourself in the exotic aromas while watching the locals bargaining persistently, as friendly vendors showcase their best possessions.
|Kitchenware of all kinds and materials are also sold here|
List of Popular Souks in Dubai:
- Deira Gold Souk, Sikkat al-Khali Street
- Perfume Souk, Sikkat al-Khali Street
- Electronic Souk, Al-Sabkha Road
- Deira Covered Souk Al-Sabkha Road
- Deira Old Souk or Spice Souk, 67 Street
- Dubai Souk, Bur Dubai
- Gold and Diamond Park, Sheikh Zayed Road
- Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Burj Dubai
- Blue Souk, Sharjah
- Souk Al Arsah, Sharjah
- New Souk, Khor Fakkan
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