Souks or Arabic markets feature a cluster of shops that sells all kinds of goods. In Dubai, the most popular souks are the Gold souks and Spice souks. These souks are frequented by tourists from all over the world.
Gold Souk Dubai
Dubai’s Gold Souk is world famous. This souk features row upon row of shops displaying glittering gold ornaments in narrow streets. In every shop window, you can find attractively displayed gold rings, brooches, ear rings, bangles and necklaces. Gold souks are frequented by tourists as it is so readily available in Dubai. The gold in Dubai is also very pure as most jewelry is made with 24 carat gold.
It was way back in the 1940s that saw the growth of trade in the Gold Souk Dubai. Many entrepreneurs especially from Iran and India were encouraged to set up stores here. At the Gold souk, visitors enjoy haggling for price as a part of the tradition. The best time to visit Dubai gold souk is in the late afternoon as the shops remain open until 10.00 pm.
It is almost impossible to find this much gold in a single place anywhere else in the world. It is a great sight to see vast amounts of gold jewelry displayed in shops without any security.
Dubai tourists are recommended to take enough time bargaining over the price as this can fetch you big discounts. It is also recommended to watch the scale carefully as the shopkeepers weigh the gold. Though most do not cheat here, you may be unlucky enough to be trapped by a few. While most shops accept only cash a few accept credit cards too.
Spice Souk Dubai
The Old Souk or the Spice Souk Dubai is a traditional market in Eastern Dubai. This souk in Deira is close to the Gold Souk Dubai and has several narrow lanes that are lined with stores. The open and closed roof stores here sell a variety of aromatic spices. Here again, trading is all about haggling over prices. So, Dubai tourists must be prepared with enough time on hand.
At the Spice souk, you can find a variety of different spices and fragrance. Shops here sell shisha and frankincense apart from herbs used in South Asian and Arabic food. Tourists can also enjoy shopping for artefacts, rugs, incense and textiles here.