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Dubai Spice Souk

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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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Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai 75157, United Arab Emirates
The Creek
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All reviews buy spices shop keepers sights and smells dry fruits abra station al ras for sale worth a visit nice experience saffron vendors spicy bargaining incense gold souvenirs creek
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Just for fun. Definitely a tourist trap with people yelling out to you to get you to buy things. But worth a visit to get a break from the more modern part of Dubai. You can let your mind wander, and see all the colors,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HelenMRyan
Reviewed 5 days ago

The souks are a great place to visit on both sides of the creek and the cheap water transport makes it easy to go between. We weren't interested in buying spices due to the difficulty in getting them back to Australia but they are definitely...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gary L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are a keen cook looking to buy genuine ingredients this may not be for you. You cannot browse as the shopkeepers are extremely pushy as are the people touring fake watches and bags (they tell you they are fakes). We did buy spices...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 623AnneS623
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to get good bargains, although you will have to haggle for a good price... saffron is a must have but better come prepared and read on how to distinguish and test pure saffron. Also make sure to buy Bzar (emirati spice mix)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank eddrere
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get a chance to buy spice and get mesmerised by the intense fragrance of spices, rose petals, medicinal herbs are kept safe and those who walk around will fall for these items in the basket.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mazinazi786
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrible experience. Hagglers that dont take no for an answer everywhere and aggressive shopkeepers that dont let you leave without buing. Ended up paying 1000 diram for 1 kg barbecuespice just to Get out of the shop. Never going there again. Stay clear of this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elin M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visually stunning and the smells were incredible, we really could've spent much more time there exploring the different spices. However, the constant pushing from strangers selling fake bags and watches is uncomfortable, especially for a family traveling with a little girl. We felt very "at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WorldTravelerCO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a visual treat nothing else,instagram friendly, none of the spices smelt original. The traders were just looking to withdraw money from you somehow. “If not this , buy this “, they were trying to convince .. I found Dubai supermarkets much cheaper and authentic....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mrsfoodie11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spice souk is historic market but it's a shopping paradise too. You can see many tourist visiting at any time. Shop vendars may annoy you to gain attention for buying stuff. Abra station is also near by. I bought cardamom and some cashew nuts..

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 105atifs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We used to live in Dubai over 20 years ago when the Spice Souq was a proper souq and was a riot of colour and smells. We made the mistake of visiting here again last week, it's just off the Creek and has turned into...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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December 10, 2018|
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Response from 858ajitd | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can,regardless those are allowed at US airport.
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September 10, 2018|
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Response from Grant N | Reviewed this property |
You can get there by car - take about 15 minutes from Dubai Mall - but you wanted to go on the Creek - suggest you head for the Creek by taxi and have them drop you at a boat landing. The boat can take you direct to the... More
Danny R
January 18, 2018|
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Response from riteshd142 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Can’t really remember because our guide took us there. Sorry for that.
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Looks like a good plan. keep in mind you can not enter the Jumeirah Mosque at any time. Just ensure that Day 3 is not a Friday. btw, the old souqs are not just for shopping as it shows the older parts of the city and how it all started. An abra ride in the creek is nice as well.
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