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Dubai Spice Souk

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Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Shopping at Traditional Souks, such as Dubai Spice Souks, exposes...
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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The spice souk

A fun place to buy spice and relatively inexpensive which is rare in this town The vendors were pretty friendly and helpful

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

A fun place to buy spice and relatively inexpensive which is rare in this town The vendors were pretty friendly and helpful

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Being in Dubai I wanted more than just the glitz or the buildings so we headed to the Souks for a little bit more culture and to smell the aroma of the spices. Although we were fully prepared for a clustered tourist trap we didn't expect the shop keepers (although nice) to be so aggressive. We've been to Mexico quite... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The spice souk of Dubai has retained its old charm and hasn't changed much with time. Get the feel of the old Dubai souks and how business is done in the old days. Must visit to get a feel of old Dubai souks amidst modern shopping malls. Try some of the spices, some of which you would have never heard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I wish this souk was bigger but it was really awesome just to walk around and look at the beautiful spices and smell them. Fun experience in Dubai! I didn't see any bathrooms anywhere though.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Dubai Spice Souk was a little disappointing only because it did not come close to measuring up to the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul. It is quite small and while spices are the main commodity sold there are plenty of souvenirs and other tourist trinkets available to buy. The Spice Souk is not worth a visit on it's own (I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If you have been to the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, than this market will make you snooze. However there is decent priced saffron which is far cheaper than in the States. So if you happen to be in Dubai, this is a good chance to stock up.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Dubai Spice Souk is a good way to see how Arabic bazaars are set up. It is interesting that in Dubai's version, different goods are clustered together at different souks (spice here, gold in a nearby souk, metal ware in another souk). I understand that haggling is a part of the culture at this kind of places, but the initial... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

When we arrived at the souk we were greeted with an intense smell of spices in the air. The souk is very colourful and noisy, and we had a good time going from one shop to the other to look for bargains. Buying anything obviously goes with negotiating with the shop keeper which is also a refreshing experience if that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Lots of spices and other stuff - just in sacks on the ground. Very special aroma in the air - as a result of mixing lots of spices' odors. Tourists are usually taken to several shops - they work even at Fridays. But in normal days the choice (and possibility to lower the price) is much better. There are not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The spice souk in Dubai is not the largest or most glamorous market in the world, but it has a lot of charm. It is remnant of what Dubai was like before the big big buildings came along. The guys who run the stalls can be very persistant, to the point where its a little uncomfortable. but if you like... More 

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.