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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Spice Souk
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Dubai Heritage History Culture and Shopping Tour Including Dubai Museum
Ranked #68 of 387 things to do in Dubai
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

The Spice souk is situates in Deira, Dubai. It is near to Gold Souk. The moment you enter the alley you can smell the aroma of fresh spices. It is authentic, traditional market which takes you 70-80 years back in time. There are lot of stores which sell spices, souvenirs, trinkets, utensils etc.
We bought Iranian saffron here. You have to bargain a lot if you want to buy anything.

Visited February 2013
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“Lovely, authentic feel of a spice souk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Most of the places in Dubai have a cosmopolitan/western feel. We were looking for a place that would give us an authentic traditional market feeling. We found it here and in the Textile souk.

Spice souk & Gold souk are in Deira. Lots of shops selling spices, souvenirs, trinkets etc... As usual there are touts trying to sell imitation items (watches, handbags etc...) - ignore them and don't let it spoil your stroll.

Honestly, you will get your regular spices at a better price and more fresh in your nearest supermarket, asian superstore but you can get a few specialty items here if you are looking for some. Good place to buy souvenirs and trinkets, don't forget to haggle though.

The Textile souk is in Bur Dubai (across the creek). You can catch an abra (water taxi) from a nearby abra station (old souk station) for 1 dirhams and cross over to the Bur-Dubai side. It drops you near to the textile souk area where you can continue your stroll.

We didn't buy any spices at the spice souk as we get our regular supply from India (where it is more fresh and at a much better price). Having said that it is a good stroll through both the spice souk and the textile souk including the ride in the abra if you get tired of all the glitzy mall selling overpriced items

Visited December 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“As expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

I like walking around taking in all the smells and seeing the spices in big bags and you can buy spices at a fraction of the price in Denmark.
I like all the narrow streets and if you are able to ignore all the sellers it is definately worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Just market courious by the local sellers. Good chance for long trade negotiations and buying fibe local souvenirs. Noghhing serious.

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“Do not go”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Harassed by each and every stall holder therefore never seen any of the wares inside the shops, so disgusted we left the area without making any purchases, there were several things I was interested in buying. Don't waste your time going.

Visited November 2013
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