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Dubai Spice Souk

Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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As featured in 3 days in Dubai
Ranked #26 of 129 shopping in Dubai
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's like an open market get your bags watches clothes here if you enjoy haggling . Gold soil is great as well . You will find spices and nuts to buy in sacks and barrels. It is all part of old dubai so not one to be missed. More for the ladies than men

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It's a must place to visit to see the vast amount spices never seen so many in every colour under the sun, but as you may guess the sellers are a real pain trying to get something you probably don't want or need, the sucker you by giving you a world history tour spices blabla but then you feel obliged... More

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København, Danmark
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

There was not so many spices at the spice market. Worst of all they just tolk it with there hand very nasty. It was overpriced and very dirty. We had to drive for a very long time and it was not worth it.

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Boulder
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This souk is set in old Dubai, and it's unique for the wooden doors and old shop fronts that look like they've been there for 100 years. The sales people don't do as much hard selling as the folks in the textile souk (thank goodness), so it's a little more comfortable to peek in stores. Some of the stores are... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Its nice to visit, see the spices laid out which you can enhance your senses with colours and smells but like the gold souk you fear that they are marketing for the tourists with prices to match and the authenticity as a souk in real Dubai is not there.

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Norman, OKI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The spice souk is a cool place, but beware being a tourist there. I finally stopped at and bought a few spices, some coffee, and maybe 15 grams of saffron cost me $250USD! That was after I bardered down from $380. I was expecting maybe $50 max. Be sure you ask the pricing of everything you buy as they are... More

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Smederevska Palanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

4 souks (markets) are connected and you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the authentic Dubai... Noise, crowd, colors... Water taxi... Even if you want to walk down the Mission impossible 4 scenery, it's all here... Do not miss, or you'll think DUbai is only for shopping! You can start exploring this area by visiting the... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

No visit to Dubai is complete without a visit to the souk's, and the spice souk is probably the most traditional. The street is quite short at about 200m but is packed with smells and sights of spices and textiles along with other more modern souvenirs. The vendors will all try to catch your attention but are not over pushy,... More

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Halifax, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I was expecting to get spices at a cheaper price but that wasn't the case! Very expensive! I did buy some but paid way more than I should have!

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This was a bit of a let down, with not many places still selling spices. The smells were pungent and it is fascinating to see the sacks of various spices, but we were not tempted to buy. Nearby are shops with big sacks of spices selling wholesale, we thought the real trade had moved out of the souk.

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