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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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Old fashioned market area with not just spice shops but a variety of other outlets. We went there to look around and perhaps buy a small amount of spice but ended up with packets... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

The best smelling market in Dubai! The Spice Souk is a joy to visit. Once you've chosen which shop to visit the sales persons are knowledgeable, and should be pleasant to talk to. You will be able to taste and smell the spices, nuts and candy that are for sale. You will get advice on how you can use the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Visited here on part of a tour and absolutely loved it, well worth a visit, you have to haggle as someone on our tour was paying 3 times for perfume what I got it Down to for her, the shop owner gave us both a jar of chocolates, I think he enjoyed the experience too. You can't really walk down... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Old fashioned market area with not just spice shops but a variety of other outlets. We went there to look around and perhaps buy a small amount of spice but ended up with packets of the stuff! So much for my negotiating skills! All in all a rich and memorable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I am a huge fan of spice markets so whenever I have an opportunity to visit one, it is first on my list of stops. This Spice Souq did not disappoint. The wonderful smells of various spices and huge baskets of spices, nuts and dried fruits is heaven for me. The vendors are friendly and are open to haggling the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Part of a day tour of Old Town Dubai. Great to haggle and sniff spices whilst soaking in the atmosphere of a souk (market). Didn't buy anything but good to have a nose (literally) around. Take water as gets very close in the hot season

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

An amazing collection of shops and stalls in a covered and mazy array of streets and alleyways. These guys are there to sell sell sell so be prepared to say no or buy. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The colours and smells were a delight to the senses. Bags and bags of spices. We were able to find frankincense and myrrh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

plenty of shops to buy spices- clove, cardamom, cinnamon and dates among a host of spice and treats to choose from. Bargaining is a must. good for nick nacks - souvenir shopping

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place is a cook's paradise! So many exotic spices and other food & food-related items at very good prices! I bought saffron, red peppercorns, cashews, and chocolate-covered dates which were super delish! It also has shops that sell beautiful pottery, brass items (I bought a beautifully ornate dallah) and other knick-knacks. If you visit the Gold Souk, this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Definitely worth while to visit! One of those unique experiences one shall never forget. Walking amongst the hundreds of small vendor stalls, each with its own unique combination of exotic spices and wonderful smells!

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Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Creek

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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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