Dubai Gold Souk
Dubai Gold Souk
3.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
As one of the Emirates' oldest traditional markets, Dubai Gold Souk has over 350 retailers trading tax-free gold of different carats, designs and weights. There are also precious stones, strings of pearls, platinum and silver available here. You can bargain at the market, and enjoy better rates when paying in cash. To reach the Gold Souk, you can take an inexpensive abra ride across Dubai Creek, and combine your visit with nearby attractions like the Bur Dubai Grand Mosque, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood and Al Seef.
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Neighborhood: Deira
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 7 min walk
  • Palm Deira • 8 min walk
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  • Tatiana P
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique. Have fun with it
    You have to be in the right mood or with an easy-going personality to visit this place. Expect to be invited to come in, see, snd try on at every shop. Too much attention to potential customers, in my opinion, but it’s part of the culture. The sellers are quick to show and find for you anything. Price negotiation is expected. Not my kind of shopping when you are constantly offered something. I like observing quietly. We were there just for sightseeing and window shopping. It’s definitely a unique experience. Take it as a good adventure. Smile, say thank you, keep going, enjoy! The narrow streets were full of cars and traffic jams around 6 pm. We used Apple maps to get out on a bigger road to catch a taxi. P.s. Most shops have AC and the market is shaded by the roof.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Crazy Fazy
    London, United Kingdom35 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a great shopping experience but good for jewellery
    Be prepared to be harassed! This place is great for jewellery no doubt, but you need to know your stuff, lots of 18ct and 21ct retailers now, never saw that few years ago when it was all 22ct So many salespeople on the streets harassing as you walk pass, makes me more reluctant to purchase. So much selling fake goods
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,362 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most Interesting Part of the Old Souk Experience
    Overall, the experience of visiting the old souk area of Dubai was somewhat disappointing. I enjoyed the Abra across the Dubai Creek, and we did find some cheap souvenirs while here, but it was more of a modern flea market than the exotic experience I was expecting. The Gold Souk was more like a small shopping mall with more established shops available. Ok to wander about and window shop, ignoring the best you can the annoying vendors who will constantly pester you. No way was I going to buy something here not knowing whether I was getting something of dubious quality and whether the value was there.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 24, 2023
  • edwin t
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent service and excellent quality
    Special mention to Jasper at Malabar Gold Souk Dubai. He is very patient and customer friendly. We came back to this store twice already and we are just fortunate he was the one who assisted us. Jasper has a lovely smile and has a good connection to his customers.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • owlesey
    Rolleston, New Zealand955 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much gold but not for me
    This place is definitely the place to come for your gold shopping. I did get a ring for much cheaper than I could back home. However I found all the harassing to come into shops and then so hard to get away once you had all too much for me. Definitely, some shops try to overcharge, definitely bargin with them. I would advise sticking to the bigger, more well known sellers.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Kate D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bispoke diamond gold ring
    I would like to strongly recommend having any ring bespoke made by a trusted family Jewllers /gemstone company in the gold souk Deira. The company is called Haseeb Farooqi. Quality product at a great price. This is my second time with this family run company and would not go anywhere else. Thank you and my you prosper in your new shop.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth A Visit
    Had no intention of buying anything but well worth the visit. Some of the gold jewellery is amazing to see. Yes, you will be hassled, but then you’d feel let down if you weren’t… The main area is under cover so you can stroll around out of the direct sun.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Dave A
    Christchurch, New Zealand346 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Dubai
    Wow, so much gold to see. A real eye opener. We had a great morning exploring the souk, both window shopping and bartering. The prices were reasonable and the shops were keen to strike a deal. The gold souk is a must see in Dubai.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Sylvia B
    Delta, Canada21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go prepared but definitely Go!
    Our 14 night Celebrity Cruise ended here and the day's excursion took us to the Gold Souk. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by this bustling market and bendors who wish to draw you in to your store. Hard to know which shop to enter but enter we did. My travel partner was looking for gold hoops and the salesman was very helpful. It certainly helped that he spoke english, which you will find with most retailers. Gold was weighed and the price reflected the market price/ounce that day, something to check on line before you venture out to shop gold. Bargaining is expected so don't be shy. Bargaining is a social exchange and can be a lot of fun especially when done with a laugh and a smile as both buyer and seller arrive at the price. I always add a little drama with humour such as clutching at my heart or fanning my face as if the price was too high and I might faint. You get the idea.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 11, 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania35,328 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasury
    It is not one of the major tourist attractions, from my point of view, but it is worth a short visit. A kind of Ali Baba's cave, consisting of two roofed streets, with a total length of approximately 250m. Here there are a lot of small shops that sell all kinds of jewelry, some of them beautiful, but also a lot of creepy kitsch. Tens of kilograms of gold.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 15, 2023
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Thandekile K
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Let me set the tone of this review by saying, “Welcome, my friend, madamè!” This was the bustling greetings as we hopped off the Abra onto the famous Souk market area.

The cleanliness is beyond belief - it didn’t look not smell like a typical market place at all.

Honestly, the throng of merchants calling you from every store-front was overwhelming at first. Then the negotiator and hustler in me rose up....rose up to the challenge of negotiating prices for anything and everything I laid my eyes and hands on.

This was more for fun than budgetary limitations, fun as it was it left me exhausted, I have to admit.

Tip 1 💡

Please wear comfortable shoes and loose fitting clothes

Tip 2 💡

First take a walk around and eye out what you would like to buy, this place is vested with memorabilia gifts for family and friends

Tip 3 💡

Make sure you have a filling meal prior and carry a decent bottle of water to stay hydrated

Tip 4 💡

Have fun!!! This is a joyous occasion and try make friends whilst scrambling through miniature Burj Khalifa statues and charm bracelets.

Overall, as in the rest of UAE you can leave your taser at the hotel, the Souk markets are very safe! Including “Plastic money safety!”

Hope this helps 😉

Written March 9, 2020
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Anonymous
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
In late 2019 I purchased an expensive platinum & diamond engagement ring from DGB Diamonds LLC - Shop no.6 Belselah Gold Centre Old Gold Souk. They even had a “good customer” from my country that they rang to reassure me by phone they were a reputable business.
Less than 8 weeks later and with minimal wear the ring setting failed and cracked. I contacted the shop and told them what had happened. They requested I email them pictures which I did that day. They failed to respond to the email so I again contacted them the following day. They requested I bring the ring back to them for them to “look” at and “see why this has happened”. (The splitting was clearly visible in the photos I emailed) It is not an option for me to call to the shop in person as I am no longer in Dubai and I explained this to them. Again there was no reply from them. I followed up with them again over the next 2 days and asked them would they consider contacting someone in my country to “look” at it on their behalf? Or would they cover the cost if I were to get it sorted myself. They refused both of my suggestions and asked if I had a friend that would be traveling to Dubai?! Which I don’t and even if I had I would not be comfortable with dragging them into this terrible situation and at this point I am still to embarrassed and upset to tell anyone what happened to my ring. DGB said they would have someone traveling from Manchester in 4 months time who would take it to them for me. 3 problems here for me are 1) I would be giving my ring to a complete stranger and trusting they would deliver it to the shop 2) Manchester is in a different country to me 3) This is my new engagement ring, I want it now not in 5 months time!
The bottom line to my experience is steer clear of DGB Diamonds LLC Shop no.6 Belselah Gold Centre Old Gold Souk Dubai Unless you want to spend a lot of money on a piece of jewelry to keep in a box. I will post a pic of the business card later so you know the brand/shop name to avoid.
Written February 26, 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Unless you have very deep pockets, you probably won't find yourself buying anything in the Gold Souk. But it's worth searching for this area of shops and exploring a bit. The craftmanship of some of the gold pieces is truly mind-boggling!! Exquisite beauty!! But, who can afford and who would ever wear??
Written January 5, 2020
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Paras Shah
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Gold Souk was not I heard from other travelers who visited it. Hoping for a better price to buy gold, I was completely disappointed. The making charges are way high than you get from local shops in UAE. Shop owners drags people into the shop even if they say no. If you do not seem to be like a buyer, shop owners don't respect you. Extremely crowded and very difficult to find taxi. Definitely skip it for other attractions if you do not have time.
Written January 16, 2020
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Kevin M
Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States240 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Like the nearby Spice Souq, the Gold Souq is a chaotic marketplace where you can expect to be called out by many a hawker. The covered avenues do feel wider and more open here, and there are a couple of fascinating shop displays, given the more upmarket clientele. Still, I wouldn't recommend staying long unless you're in for some serious shopping, and if so, you'll want to exercise caution in order not to buy any unwanted counterfeits.
Written December 31, 2020
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Sylvia B
Delta, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Our 14 night Celebrity Cruise ended here and the day's excursion took us to the Gold Souk. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by this bustling market and bendors who wish to draw you in to your store.

Hard to know which shop to enter but enter we did. My travel partner was looking for gold hoops and the salesman was very helpful. It certainly helped that he spoke english, which you will find with most retailers.

Gold was weighed and the price reflected the market price/ounce that day, something to check on line before you venture out to shop gold.

Bargaining is expected so don't be shy. Bargaining is a social exchange and can be a lot of fun especially when done with a laugh and a smile as both buyer and seller arrive at the price. I always add a little drama with humour such as clutching at my heart or fanning my face as if the price was too high and I might faint. You get the idea.

Written December 11, 2023
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Arun G
Mumbai, India254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Array of shops and displays that dazzle, it overpowers your senses very quickly. Unless you are really loaded and want to buy some obscene amount of gold, for a causal stroller or small buyer, you will find it hard to decide which shop you should go to. Off course there are the named shops and then many smaller ones too.

Most shops want you to shop with cash and offer lower rates for cash. If you are a tourist, do take your passport along for VAT refund at the airport.
Written January 29, 2020
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Norman M
Houston, TX1,284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I love to haggle and my wife wanted to visit and see if there was anything she would like. We spent a few hours going from store to store and I haggled with a few of them and finally got the price we wanted on a bracelet. Make sure to avoid the people that walk up to you trying to sell you gold or silver. They are not legit and will try to sell you fake gold and silver. The only thing they sell that you might want to buy if fake luxury goods. For those, make sure to reduce the price by 75% and start there.
Written June 17, 2021
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Anita F
Auckland Central, New Zealand126 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great wee area to visit - amazing displays in shop windows and not too much touting for business. Be aware that gold is sold at the going ounce rate so don’t expect too many bargains - easy to get to and taxis are always hovering around. Very busy so wise to go early. Not just gold on offer but tourist shops as well, and the obligatory copy bags and watches - well worth a visit!
Written January 14, 2020
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Mihai GRIGORE
Palma de Mallorca, Spain176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is the place where your wife wants to be and for sure she will find it more attractive and interesting than you will think it is.
You can find anything made from gold here .
Take care not to spend all your money and save something for other activities
Written January 1, 2020
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