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Dubai Spice Souk

Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The spice souks are good if you know what you want or just want a look but the sales people can be quite insistent. If you have an idea of what items you want to buy and the price you are willing to pay then you will be better prepared. We went for a quick look and then went back... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The moment you stop at the spice souk there's no mistaking where you are. All of the shops are friendly and will advise on what they are selling. Some of them are quite persistent but it's good fun anyway.

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Extremely friendly sales man who take the time to explain you about the herbs and other products they sell. On the day time, it is very quiet and some shops are closed: the area is not too big and you finish it in only little time. The fresh juice (mango-melon) was delicious! A little off-topic: If you finish the market... More

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I guess that I was naïve enough to think that there might be some of the old Souk still retained but there wasn't. It's all modern shops with some merchandise stacked outside them to give the impression of things past. Having said that the combinations of smells, sights and sounds that I wouldn't get anywhere near home made it worth... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The spice souk is not what it used to be. As recent as 10 years ago there were many more spice shops and stalls, but given that no one in Dubai buys spice there anymore, the souk has lost its function and survives solely on the tourist trade. Even so, there's probably only a handful of spice shops left, with... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

For a family that enjoys food, this was a necessity to enjoy. The varieties and the smells did not need food added to enjoy.

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Take the 1 Durham boat ride across the river in Old Dubai to the spice and gold souks (markets). The variety of spices is fascinating and the sellers are informative and helpful and not aggressive. An interesting walk with great smells and you may want to take some of the products home. They seem to be reasonably priced but you... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a unique Dubai experience and should be visited whilst there. The Spice Souk is well marked on tourist maps, but once in the area not well sign posted to get to the precise location. We stopped and asked a number of locals along the way for directions, each was extremely helpful. Within the souk there are many stall... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Have been to the spice souk twice and both times have loved it...full of colour and scents. Have been given recipes and tasted some of the vendors favourites. We also came across the creek on the tiny boats which all added to the adventure..

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Traditional small shops, sacks overflowing with colourful wares and the exotic scents of spices reaching out to you from all directions. Really worth the visit for people watching too!

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