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“Good ambience but a tourist rip-off”
Review of Souk Al Bahar

Souk Al Bahar
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$84.00*
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Burj Khalifa Tours and Musical Fountains From Dubai
Ranked #13 of 236 Shopping in Dubai
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Visiting the Souk Al Bahar takes me down through memory lane - of the old arab souks that we frequented as children and the whiffs & scents of oud & spices. However, the flamboyance is not the same. The traditional architecture is awesome, but the hint of elegance and 'modern' is also quite palpable. I went there to visit a kiosk that was holding something that I had reserved for me, but apart from that my quick walk to the kiosk and back had my eyes popping at the prices of some of the items on sale. I was definitely enamoured by some of the beautiful artifacts, souvenirs and embroidered kaftans, but honestly, those price tags were ridiculously extravagant. If you're looking to see a modernized view of arabian architecture and 'souq' style, it's a good bet, but if you're looking for genuine souvenirs that will not rip your pockets off, there are better places in Dubai for that..

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you are inside Dubai mall and have time its good to visit Soul Al Bahar. Nothing fancy compared to Souk Madinat Jumeirah. It feels nice just to roam around inside the mordern air conditioned souk. Everything is dam expensive inside unless you are rich...! great views of Dubai mall and Burj Khalifa and very close to Dubai Fountains. The souk is connected to the dubai mall via a bridge on the Burj Khalifa Lake and thus in the evening time its great to watch the dubai fountains from the bridge. Only visit if you have excess time, unless not worth while inside...!

Thank Rambo2222
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Since the Dubai mall doesnt serve any alcohol in their premises, just walk across to the Souk Al Bahar and find the Left Bank on the third floor.. the last seating space allows you to have a look at the fountains.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Look like an empty shopping center. Doesn't worth it at all. If you are looking for a starbucks and a grocery store you will find it.

Thank patall17
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Newly built establishment just across the Dubai Mall. We went here for dinner at one of the restaurants. Similar to the Souk Madinat, it's modern and quite expensive.

The Souk Al Bahar Bridge connects the Dubai mall and the Souk Al Bahar. it overlooks the Dubai fountain so at night between 6-1130 the bridge is very very crowded. It's almost impossible to cross the bridge.

There's a lot of restaurants - we went to the Claw upstairs and it was really good

Thank GKtrips16
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