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Shopping the Dubai Souqs

Shop 'til you drop - authentic traditional Arabian markets
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Step back in time and wander around Dubai’s souqs, some of the area’s last thriving authentic outdoor Arabian markets.

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Tips:  Best to start early in the morning before it gets too hot or go late afternoon when it begins to cool. Souqs are open by 9am with... more »

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Points of Interest

Have the taxi drop you at Al Khor Street and 103 Road where there is a Damas jewelry shop. Walk down the street to the wooden arches that mark the entrance to the Gold Souq. Take your time wandering through the alleyways ogling the wide array of gold jewelry.

Make note of the elaborate Arab wedding jewelry pieces displayed in the windows. Gold... More

Your nose will definitely let you know when you arrive.

The wafting aromas of exotic spices in the dark alleyways are delicious. Large bags of spices lining the walls beckon you with their aromas. . . cinnamon . . . cardamom . . . turmeric . . . red pepper . . . curry . . . not only are they scrumptious to smell, the array of colors is a... More

3. Dubai Creek Abra Boat Ride

An abra is the traditional boat used to transport people across the Dubai Creek.

Dubai Creek is the heart and soul of old Dubai’s commerce. Since Dubai’s earliest days, almost all goods were shipped into the city on dhows (traditional Arab cargo boats) from neighboring Arab countries. Today, the Creek is still a major contributor to Dubai’s... More

You will find a number of “cafeteria stands” around where you can get a cool drink, but if you are ready to rest a bit, make your way to the Bayt Al Wakeel Restaurant for some local fare. Enjoy your refreshments on the open air deck overlooking the creek.

When you exit the Abra landing station go left down the first alley and you should see the ... More

5. Dubai Textile Souq

From the restaurant you can meander through the textile souq’s alleyways feasting your eyes on groaning displays of colorful materials. You will find good bargains on clothing, pashima shawls, traditional Emirati dress and all manner of things made of cloth.

Luxurious silks from India in deep rich colors, playful patterns for cushions and... More