People say that if you have been in Dubai and not visited the souks, then your experience would be termed incomplete. The shopping heritage of Dubai features the best of the yellow shinning metal, fragrances, spices, textiles, hand-woven fabrics, and much more. Even though the malls of Dubai have underlined themselves as one of the critical elements of completing a shopping experience, the traditional Arabic markets form a vital part of the daily trade and life in Dubai. We bring to you some of the bustling souks that would create a critical component of your shopping experience in Dubai.
Gold & Precious metal souk
Gold and other precious metal have a special place in every Arabic heart. The variety and quality available at your disposable are unmatched in most parts of the world. Whether you are looking for a unique souvenir or gift for your loved ones back home, the Gold Souk has everything you need under the sun that falls in precious metal that also at breath-taking prices. Housing both ancient and contemporary Arabic designs that can easily give stiff competition to the modern designs of the Western world. And what more, bargaining is a norm, so do polish your negotiation skills before entering this place.
Placed in the neighborhood of the Gold Souk, you don’t need a strong sense of smell to reach the Spice Souk. The bustle of a vibrant trading street is well evident to any sight. Have a look at the exotic collection and make a personal pick among the endless variety on display. The fragrance of fresh herbs, spices, rice, and fruit gives a fascinating side to Dubai’s shopping festival experience. Some of the top picks are saffron strands, organic dates, dried fruits, candied nuts, and blended teas. Don’t be surprised if you discover a new flavor altogether.
Fabric plays a vital element in defining one’s fashion statement. The Textile Souk in Bur Dubai offers you an environment of colorful and vibrant fabrics. Meet the in-demand tailors and the upcoming fashion designers as you browse through the captivating fabric rolls featuring silk, palm from weaves, sari fabrics, and airy cotton. Select your favorite material and head for the surrounding tailors to get a perfect fit for your dress. You can also design traditional Arabic attire like Kandoura or Abaya. The tailors are apt in meeting the requirements of tourists and visitors and have a turnaround time of a few days only.
Surrounded by Al Qasr hotels and the grand 5-star rated Mina A’Salam, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an ideal place for people looking to enjoy and explore the thrill of shopping. Not a place where you can haggle; the prices are at times non-negotiable. Explore the captivating souvenirs, incredible sculptures, and masterpieces of fine art. The Madinat Theatre houses several local and international design houses which display their alluring collection for the public. In addition to the above, there is an array of excellent restaurants and cafes where you can grab a quick bite or savor a delicious meal. You can also enjoy a traditional Abra ride as you enjoy fascinating views of the Burj Al Arab.
A perfect opportunity for you to explore the exotic Arabic scents and fragrances. The Perfume Souk on Sikkat Al Khali Street houses everything from aromatic oils, incense sticks, and alluring ancient oud. For the best buys, opt for oils and fragrances stored in bulk in gigantic flagons. You can get more in-depth insights about these fragrances by shooting your queries to these vendors. Create your scent and gift your loved ones back home a bottle of pure joy.
Souk Al Bahar
A stone-throw away distance from the arches of the Burj Lake near the tip of the mighty Burj Khalifa lies the Souk Al Bahar. A modern outlook to the traditional Arabic marketplace, where you can stock up on exotic dates, jewelry, brass lamps, incense cones, freshly prepared Arabic pastries, and abayas. On the upper side, you will find mesmerizing views of the city and a beautiful place to catch the evening shows of the dancing fountain, the Dubai Fountain.
This Arabic style souk near the Dubai Mall houses more than 40+ boutiques that feature fine jewelry, shinning gemstones, and alluring precious stones. You will be amazed by the creativity and artwork of the artists who have designed this modern collection at par with International standards. The work of these craftsmen reflects their passion and commitment to display their beautiful heritage. One of the places that you should never miss out, this place gives you more profound insights about the intricate craftwork in Dubai.
Every souk has a story to tell and is an experience of its own. The Malls may give you a modern shopping experience, but the souks add an element of charm and elegance to your overall shopping experience.