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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 #25 of 128 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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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The Spice Souk is a short walk along the creek from Al Res Metro Station or a short walk from the Big Bus tour stop. You can smell it before you see it spices generally fill the air. It is an interesting place again it is lots of shops along a main walkway with lots of side alleys selling all... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We were in a group and our guide took us to a jewellery shop and another closeby, where spices, chocolates and nuts were sold. The prices in this latter shop were not displayed and we had to ask for everything. We were not sure whether the prices were market prices or jacked up ones. They asked us to bargain! One... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Having been to the gold souk we walked down to the spice souk and nearly missed it. Smaller than expected and a bit of a let down. Hassled at every turn we we decided to go and find lunch.

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was our first visit to Dubai and I was a bit dubious about the area. It was a great experience and glad I went. So much going on and the spices were amazing. Shame we couldn't buy some but we were just starting our trip. The one thing that did surprise me was that if you said, no not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

The smell assails your nostrils. The varying colors and hues amaze you. The touch and feel of different textures overwhelms you. If you are a visual artist, this is a place for you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

You feel like you walked back in time when you squeeze through the aisles of the spice market. Not handicap accessible. Fabulous colorful bags of nuts, raisins, and spices galore. Prepare to bargain and have fun dreaming up an exotic dish.

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Sligo, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

we got the little boat to it 30 cents each way and wasnt dissapointed we got large bags of hot and mild mixed spices curry powder it can be stored up to 3 years well worth the visit

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I don't know if I was expecting too much but it was quite small. Plus the fact that there wasn't much selection and going there and walking around wasn't that fun. We also went to the gold souk and I just really didn't feel it was that impressive. I was expecting rows and rows of spices and lots of different... More

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I would recommend visiting this one along with the gold souk, as it's really quite small. But the selection is good, as well as the quality of products. A bit dirty in places, but a nice experience.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We found the spice souk in Dubai to be a bit run down. Many of the shops were closed during our visit, so it may be a bit more lively on other days. We found the merchants to be quite friendly and willing to give decent deals on spices. There is an amazing array of spices from all over the... More

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