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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 #27 of 129 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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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very, very creepy. I would not recommend this place at all. The entire place was dark and it didn't seem safe AT ALL. We used the Big Bus Tour to get here, and took the next bus back. It may be one of the "things" to see in Dubai, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

As the name suggests, it is where you could get the best of spice in Dubai. Interestingly, many of the expensive spices around the world can be brought here at the half of the price. Also another lookout commodity around the place is definitely the gold markets. It literally blinded me with its shimmer. Since it’s a market and a... More

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This place is definitely highly recommended for the avid cooks or friends of avid cooks. What better way to stock up on spices and for great gifts, at a fraction of any spice prices! A must to purchase is saffron - I literally bought the equivalent of £100 worth at nearly 1/3 of the price from a supermarket in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It's like an open market get your bags watches clothes here if you enjoy haggling . Gold soil is great as well . You will find spices and nuts to buy in sacks and barrels. It is all part of old dubai so not one to be missed. More for the ladies than men

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It's a must place to visit to see the vast amount spices never seen so many in every colour under the sun, but as you may guess the sellers are a real pain trying to get something you probably don't want or need, the sucker you by giving you a world history tour spices blabla but then you feel obliged... More

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København, Danmark
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

There was not so many spices at the spice market. Worst of all they just tolk it with there hand very nasty. It was overpriced and very dirty. We had to drive for a very long time and it was not worth it.

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Boulder
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This souk is set in old Dubai, and it's unique for the wooden doors and old shop fronts that look like they've been there for 100 years. The sales people don't do as much hard selling as the folks in the textile souk (thank goodness), so it's a little more comfortable to peek in stores. Some of the stores are... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Its nice to visit, see the spices laid out which you can enhance your senses with colours and smells but like the gold souk you fear that they are marketing for the tourists with prices to match and the authenticity as a souk in real Dubai is not there.

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Norman, OKI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The spice souk is a cool place, but beware being a tourist there. I finally stopped at and bought a few spices, some coffee, and maybe 15 grams of saffron cost me $250USD! That was after I bardered down from $380. I was expecting maybe $50 max. Be sure you ask the pricing of everything you buy as they are... More

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