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Dubai Spice Souk

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Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Shopping at Traditional Souks, such as Dubai Spice Souks, exposes travelers...

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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spice heaven

You could find every imaginable spice here. They also can give advice on which spice is best.They also sell sell herbal organic medicines.The only downside is it is messy. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mallah B

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3,064 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

My senses came alive the minute I walked into this delightful souk. The smell hits you immediately. It's deep and heady as blows your mind. The servers are friendly and up for banter as long as it's respectful. Haggling is standard if you're buying quite a few things. Best place to buy spices in my opinion It's fabulous

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Thank SarahCorell
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I felt my visit was a golden opportunity lost, I wanted to buy but the relentless pestering by touts selling fake watches, ladies bags & pashmina's drove me away. Lots to do & see in Dubai until this is sorted leave it alone.

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Thank Jan H
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You could find every imaginable spice here. They also can give advice on which spice is best.They also sell sell herbal organic medicines.The only downside is it is messy. The prices are reasonable.

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Thank Mallah B
Budapest, Hungary
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're courious how is the "realer" Dubai looks like don't miss the spice and gold souk! Dirtier and messier than the new Dubai with insisting vendors, fake stuff and obligatory negotiations but definitely worths the time! Calculate 40-50 minutes to look around!

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Dallas, TX
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to cook. Love watching cooking shows. Being in the Spice Souk was a dream come true for me. Tons of spices from all over. Different teas, nuts, and anything you can cook with. I bought tons of stuff. After getting home, I wished I would have purchased more.

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Thank Jvmac
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have ever been to the spice market in Istanbul this market is very disappointing. It is very small. Really not much to see that I hadn't seen before in Turkey. The good thing is that there is no entrance fee!

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A different view of Dubai which allows you to imagine what trading was like in the "old days." By all means, ride the abra across the creek to the spice souk, and step into the narrow alleys full of spice, trinkets and scarves. Sounds romantic and quaint, doesn't it? Well, it could be, if it weren't for the annoying touts.... More 

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Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had my first visitor to Dubai and decided to take the metro out to see the Spice Souk. After having lived in the Dubai Marina, one gets a little spoiled by the lack of hagglers and when I arrived at the Spice Souk we were barraged by merchants and really just wanted to look. I mean it was non stop... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed walking around, checking out the different vendors, smelling various spices and even having the opportunity to sample dates. A few stores selling basically the same thing and very agressive vendors. I guess the building is interesting and worth a few shots.

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Thank Yucevis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Caught an Abra (water taxi) across the creek to the spice souk of Deira for 1AED. The experience on the Abra is part of the fun. Have your camera ready. We were greeted by hawkers at every move trying to sell their wares including watches, handbags, silk, pashmina, souvenirs, dates (try the chocolate coated almond dates if you get a... 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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