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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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Great break from the Las Vegas-like tedium of Dubai

Dubai is a great city, but the Las Vegas USA feeling gets old after a while. The Dubai Spice Souk is in the old part of Dubai. The spices are beautifully displayed and fun to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Dubai is a great city, but the Las Vegas USA feeling gets old after a while. The Dubai Spice Souk is in the old part of Dubai. The spices are beautifully displayed and fun to photograph. Shop owners (mostly wholesale) are okay with you walking in a taking pictures. And ask questions. Shop owners seemed happy to talk, even though... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The Spice Souk is located in Diera - the old commercial center of Dubai, located in the bend of the Dubai Creek. These days, Diera seemed a bit more "aged" than the rest of Dubai ('run down' seems too strong, but maybe my first impression given that I'd spent the previous several days in ultra glitzy DIFC). The Souks are... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Yes, ok you can find many spices there... but they won't let you enjoy your walk! Every single minute we spend there we had some guy over us asking ''Do you know what kind of spice is that? Want to smell it? Come inside to see.'' Ok guys you all have the same things, relax! If you go inside one... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This area retains its old world charm in contrast to the swanky dubai malls. Interest to westerners, & familiar to asians, you can get a good deal or ripped off, depending on your bargaining skills. Of course most of the spices are not local, but imported from various countries in Asia & Africa. The saffron from neighboring Iran is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I have always enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of Middle Eastern souks. The Spice Souk in Dubai is a small labyrinth of spices, teas, clothing and various tourist wares. The shop keepers are more than happy to invite you in to see and try their wares - tastes and smells are freely offered of the spices, nuts, teas, etc.... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We experienced the normal banter and harassment from various vendors as they attempted to lure us into their shops. One innovative fellow showed us a scarf that he claimed to be make of very special camel silk??? Luckily despite sleep deprivation due to our recent arrival in town had not dimmed our wits to be attracted to this exotic product.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We found ourselves walking past shopfronts laden with gold jewellery, looking at handcrafted sandals in a little lane slightly off the main street the next, and then strolling along an entire street of spice shops selling sacks of spices of every variety, finding ourselves being draped over with scarves by shopkeepers trying to sell their wares every few steps or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to see a little of old Dubai so headed for the Gold and Spice souk. Although lots of traders shouting it was all in fun and with humour. Usual tourist fare but also some really beautiful pieces to buy. The traders love to barter and were not offended by our low bids. It was a great opportunity to... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This in only old Market is left in Dubai that is still in old shape as it was over 50 years back. When you walk there you will really feel like you are in old Arab city mixture of many Pakistani, Iranian and indian people worker mixture. Beside spices you can find many gold shops and small shopping centre they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

When I went to Dubai last may i visited the Gold Souk three times while i was there and i would say i had a blast every single time. I know alot of the reviwers have said to avoid this place but i disagree if you do not want to buy items you are able to refuse. I enjoyed going... 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.
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