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Dubai Spice Souk

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Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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Lookee lookee man!

You can get something of a feel for the real Dubai in the spice souk, Winding and twisting narrow streets, with glittering gold everywhere and plenty of Lookee lookee men, not to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This place is a cook's paradise! So many exotic spices and other food & food-related items at very good prices! I bought saffron, red peppercorns, cashews, and chocolate-covered dates which were super delish! It also has shops that sell beautiful pottery, brass items (I bought a beautifully ornate dallah) and other knick-knacks. If you visit the Gold Souk, this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth while to visit! One of those unique experiences one shall never forget. Walking amongst the hundreds of small vendor stalls, each with its own unique combination of exotic spices and wonderful smells!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Extremely crowded. Went in evening and didn't seem that safe especially for a woman and three young children. Maybe it was because there were too many men. In terms of spice shops - yes maybe interesting but its like this narrow street with shops. And the shops are so small and couldn't squeeze everyone in and trigged off all my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great experience. Bought many spices and had a fun time walking around. Go early because many places close mid day.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It's very touristy and you'll get harassed by each and every shop owner. No room to just walk around and enjoy all the smells and the feeling of the place. I mostly wanted to rush out of there. I've been to Jordan and visited several bazaars and souks there and dubai spice souk feels fake and unfriendly in comparison. No... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This was one of my favorite parts of visiting Dubai. I went twice--first on a half-day tour and to scope it out, later to buy--not a lot, but pointedly. I was most interested in spices originating from UAE or nearby. There were a lot of Indian spices for sale but aside from oh-so-fresh cardamon, I was interested in more interesting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

You can get something of a feel for the real Dubai in the spice souk, Winding and twisting narrow streets, with glittering gold everywhere and plenty of Lookee lookee men, not to mention, the knocked off watch / handbag sellers....... We bought some mixed spices for our daughters and ourselves, you have to haggle and haggle some more, and maybe... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Okay, I was expecting the type of Souks you see in Morocco (I've never been to Morocco though). The souks I've visited in Yemen or neighboring KSA are much more elaborate than this. This is a joke compared to them. Also the Souk is run by indians and does not have the Arabian feel! The shopkeepers do speak broken Arabic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Dubai is a great city, but the Las Vegas USA feeling gets old after a while. The Dubai Spice Souk is in the old part of Dubai. The spices are beautifully displayed and fun to photograph. Shop owners (mostly wholesale) are okay with you walking in a taking pictures. And ask questions. Shop owners seemed happy to talk, even though... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The Spice Souk is located in Diera - the old commercial center of Dubai, located in the bend of the Dubai Creek. These days, Diera seemed a bit more "aged" than the rest of Dubai ('run down' seems too strong, but maybe my first impression given that I'd spent the previous several days in ultra glitzy DIFC). The Souks are... More 

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Address: Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Creek

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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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