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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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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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We stopped over for just a day and took in some of the sights in Dubai. A traditional souk is part of the Arab culture, but then I found Dubai has not much of a traditional Arab... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Being an indian,i was very excited about this spice market n v covered it through big bus sight seeing tour.v just dropped off there n went into the lanes which had spice/dry fruits market at its both sides.there were many shops-big/small,open/covered.they had so many spices,out of which many were unknown also.the tip is---do bargain and dont buy without that.otherwise u... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I've been to the Marrakech souks so I had high expectations from dubais offering. I was not left disappointed. The smell hits you as soon as you arrive. It's bewitching and your nose leads you to the various stalls with their spices. The vendors had no problems with us sampling, touching etc. they were a little obsessed with my platinum... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We stopped over for just a day and took in some of the sights in Dubai. A traditional souk is part of the Arab culture, but then I found Dubai has not much of a traditional Arab culture, no soul, no colour. Admittedly it was a hot Sunday end of August, so the market may have a different atmosphere in... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We actually came to the spice souk by accident due to our taxi driver dropping us off at the working side of the creek ! . They don't just sell spices here , they also sell lots of souveneirs ,textiles and its I. One of the old parts of Dubai , so you will be seeing somewhere different too. My... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Toured as part of a city tour. Many different smells. Lots of different things to see. The dried fruit and nuts were very good. Interesting to see lots of things we use daily but in their different shapes and form.

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Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I read a lot of the reviews before coming to this souk and I was expecting it to be very unpleasant due to the vendors but what I found was just your typical sales people trying to make ends meet. They will try to get you into their shop but we just simply took our time and ignored them. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited the spice souk after popping into the gold souk. Our son is training to be a chef so we wanted to see what was available. We were spoken to by the first shop on the right as you enter by a very polite young man. We said we would return which we did. Their was fabulous displays of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Every vendor wants you in there shop so be ready, I wanted to buy and was comparing prices when one guy said something very rude to me as I wasn't yet ready to buy, so I walked out but he then passed the info down the line so no one was interested anymore in selling to me and it was... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I don't like being hassled to death when I walk into, or past a shop. It's just two little streets selling the same spices, all trying to get you in their shops. Once in they won't let you out!! I found the whole experience terrible. That said, my wife loved it. But's it's not for me.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

An ordinary tourist shopping spot not worth going alone. But worth walk around after the boat ride as its just close to the boat ride stop.

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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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