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“Only Fake. Worst place for tourists” 1 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
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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.
Shanghai, China
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“Only Fake. Worst place for tourists”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

I bought safran at the spice souq for 10Dh/gram ($3/gram). The shop clearks were not kind and they don't discount so much. Anyway I bought some.

When I returned home, I tried to cook safran rice, however, amazingly the rice became "bright purple pink!" not yellow. What's this!!!? There is no smell of safran and I spoiled all my rice in the cooker. Safran was fake and I needed to throw all of them away. This is my worst memory at Dubai.

Don't go to the spice souq.

Visited January 2014
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“Never buy fake suffron!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

As some people already said, it is terribly annoying to walk there. If you try to bargain or leave, they'll get angry. The price is not low. Moreover, they push you espesially expensive kinds of spice such as suffron or vanilla beans. But the suffron is fake! As I cooked suffron rice, the rice got disgusting pink. Never go there!

Visited December 2013
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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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Bexley, United Kingdom
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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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“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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