Textile Souk
Textile Souk
3.5
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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The area

Address
Neighborhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 8 min walk
  • Al Ghubaiba • 8 min walk
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles197 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Anno v
Wassenaar, The Netherlands78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Must see when visiting Dubai to get clothes, scarves, spices, crockery, teas, incense, perfumes, jewelry, bags, souvenirs and much more. It’s an authentic explosion of colors, smells and noise in narrow allies! People will try to sell, but won’t be clingy if you say “no thank you”. Never pay the 1st price, dare to bargain. Sometimes you can go to 10% of the original price, but consider they have to pay a huge rent. Use a abra (costing only 1 Dirham and leaving every 30 seconds) to cross the Dubai Creek in original way to visit the Spice- and Gold Soukh on the other side in Deira.
The Old Soukh can be reached by metro green line station Al Ghubaiba (10 minutes walk)
Written January 2, 2020
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travelgang_10
Grimsby, UK262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This souk is full of people selling texties and clothes and a modicum of spices. Be prepared to be hassled by the traders there are so many of them trying to sell their goods in a very competative market. Have patience as they are only trying to earn a crust. We found it enjoyable with the added sound of the Adan bing called it is so evocative of the arabic area. if as ladies do you are looking for material you couldn't wish for a better place the variety is immense and the fabrics beautiful.some good places to eat too not far away, and it's not far from the Dubai museum. once you have shopped hop on a water taxdi to the other side of the creek it only takes a few minutes and costs 1 UAE less than 50 pence takes only a couple of minutes then you can walk to the gold souk and many other souks near to it. it's a gret day out. the people whilst pushy to sell are all very nice and friendly you feel very safe in this area of Dubai. Dont miss it
Written January 26, 2020
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Linda P
Ipswich, UK353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
My first mistake was to visit Dubai Old Souk on my own. I thought I bargained brilliantly ... Not, My second visit was with a guide whom I booked through "get your guide" who are brilliant for all countries. If you havent used them have a google and I would suggest you do :). First thing he said was do not pay over 25 UAED for a pashmina, unless its a very good one. ie on the market get ready. Do not pay over 40UAED for fake hats, bags, you will hear every story under the sun, but the only thing the stalls want is your money. They are not your friend and dont care and this is very true. Sadly I paid on my first day for 4 pashmina's 130 UAED, the good thing is in £ thats an over payment of £5.50 for 4, so no issue. The shawls are lovely and lovely material and loads cheaper still than UK.
Written May 30, 2024
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Lisa W
Dubai, United Arab Emirates107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
The souks are great fun.
For me, it was more the experience than to buy. Be prepared for constant nagging to step into stores and see merchandise. I did buy some beautiful kaftans at the Textile Soul, and mastered the art of haggling.
Written February 6, 2023
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JessaV
Philippines17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Vendors are pretty aggressive and some might not say some nice things when they talk to you.
For ladies, be extra careful when trying out the dresses as they might be finding chances to touch your body. Keep distance and don't let them assist you or just try the dress yourself.
Written March 4, 2023
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
PROS
* Authentic market
* A lot of fabric products

CONS
* Narrow passageways- very crowded
* Many sellers constantly calling and attempting to market their wares
* Impossible to know the true price nor true value

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... because these things are part of the Dubai/Arab culture experience. We did not have any problems or feel threatened or unsafe.

However, and as stated, the passageways are narrow and crowded and poorly lit- even though it is not dangerous, I don't feel safe and I once forgot to take my pack off my back and carry it in front- that made me nervous too.... wallet in front pocket; phone in shirt pocket... sure, crime is petty and minimal and almost doesn't exist here in Dubai, but I didn't feel comfortable and I guarded Mrs. Place closely too, and she wanted me beside her at every moment 💪.

But I don't like it- never did and never will. The fast talking, the smooth convincing, the flying changing prices, the dizzying array of products shown and displayed and presented and rearranged and switched at dizzying speeds. And then there was the famous calculator trick (see my photo), where they tell you the exchange rate and calculate how many dirhams they give in return for a US$100 bill.

And confirming original product and warranty and exchange or return? Not.... oh- one vendor on the street (see photo) did give a receipt.

ADVICES
* Go because that's part of the visit to the area
* Be alert
* Try not to be intimidated
* Ask about getting a receipt- maybe you can get the VAT returned at the airport (we didn't even actively consider that and certainly didn't ask).
Written March 21, 2023
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Sayyed M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Business
We visited bodyline tailor llc in meena bazar they had amazing fabric for suit dress shirt dress trouser the variety which i found was amazing &they do bespoke tailoring
I made couple of shirt &trouser &one bespoke suit
Its very cheap but highest standard &quality
Written July 11, 2014
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Excursion61626314338
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Left after about 5 minutes as the experience was so unpleasant. Vendors physically try to drag you into their shops and shove things in your face. Would definitely not recommend especially if their are females in your party. To be avoided at all costs.
Written September 18, 2019
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Ankur Panchbudhe
Pune, India1,495 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
This souk is a bunch of lanes with shops selling typical Dubai things like spices, incense, souvenirs, shawls, decorative glassware, perfumes, clothes and so on. Textile souk is just a small part of this whole area. It's smaller than the Gold Souk in Deira, but there's much more variety and this place's advantage is that it is very close to the Dubai Museum - you can walk from the museum through this market to the Abra station (to Deira) in 10-15 minutes. But, it's worth spending a little more time here looking at some of the magnificent displays and taking in wonderful aromas. The prices are touristy but you should bargain hard.
Written January 29, 2019
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Daniel A
Beijing, China35,130 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
I’d avoid this souk if possible. The gold, old and spice souk were decent but the vendors here are just too aggressive. You don’t need this hassle. Take the abra for 1AED and head to the Old Deira Abra Station and it will be much more of a fun experience than here.
Written December 17, 2018
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