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Dubai Spice Souk

Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Ranked #28 of 147 Shopping & Fashion in Dubai
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping & Fashion
Fee: No
Owner description: Shopping at Traditional Souks, such as Dubai Spice Souks, exposes...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping & Fashion
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Shopping at Traditional Souks, such as Dubai Spice Souks, exposes travelers to Arab style marketplaces where goods are bought and sold. Bargaining allows you to acquire different commodities, such as spice, gold, textiles and perfumes.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Unfortunately you get pretty much the same spices in every single store so there isn't much need for exploration. Nevertheless it was a great experience wandering through the narrow alleyways not knowing which turn could take you to a better bargain than the store you visited before. The spice and textile souks are right next to each other so remember... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is in our to-do-list again for our next visit in Dubai this year, God willing. We enjoy the vibe and the feel while strolling through the souk. They don't only sell spices in this souk but clothes, shoes and what-have-you's too! Tourists beware though... You have to haggle the price they quote by up to 50%. Be prepared too,... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Cool to see the Spice Souk and I have been several times, mostly for lack of anything else to do. It is cool, but I hate to say you can buy anything there for a better price and less hassle at ant one of the major supermarkets. You are better off spending your time walking along Creek looking at the... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Arrived early on a Friday afternoon and found a limited number of spice souk shops open. The smells and colours were still wonderful though. The shop keepers we met were all keen to know where we came from and to tell us about the spices for sale. We enjoyed seeing the chocolate stones. Good as holiday gifts we thought........and the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Access to Spice souk is very convenient. Just take a 1 dirham Abra ride from Bur Dubai side and its less than a minute walk from where boat will drop you. Its not a big place and actually highly overrated I would say. We bought some spices, Saffron was cheap and looked qualitative. Go there for views of creek, Souk... More 

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Madrid
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Its ok... looks like a market of Marrakesh but clean and more tidy. The stands are all the same size, well organized and the spices blow your mind if you like to cook. Would be perfect if there was somewhere where you could understand the use of many of those strange spices that smell so nice and look even better

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We visited the spice souk around 1 pm and there were only a handful of spice shops open – most of the market sells household goods and clothes. Be prepared to be pulled away by traders willing to sell you fake watches. Although you can bargain, spice prices were not that low. Overall well below our expectations.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We visited the spice souk around 1 pm and there were only a handful of spice shops open – most of the market sells household goods and clothes. Be prepared to be pulled away by traders willing to sell you fake watches. Although you can bargain, spice prices were not that low. Overall well below our expectations.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Short stop, lovely to walk though the souk and enjoy the beautiful array of spices- makes more sense if you buy some spices. A few shops with local souvenirs. Won't need more than 30 minutes. If you go during their lunch as we did- was nice to see the shopkeepers all sit together and eat- but that means no one... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Spice Souk lies next to the harbour where the spices are unloaded. There are numerous alleyways of various sizes all crammed with stalls selling every conceivable spice plus other items. Haggling is the order of the day. If you cannot decide where to shop try Abdul Rahim who sells top quality Saffron. This souk is an assault on the... More 

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