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“Gold and spice souk ”
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Old Souk
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Walking Through Bastakiya Heritage Area and Souks...
Ranked #98 of 353 things to do in Dubai
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

We visited the gold and spice souk as a part of the orient tours city highlights tour.

Lots and lots of bling here, amazing smelling spices, cashmare pashminas, shoes, perfume, saffron and lots and lots of camel inspired take home gifts. Worth a look and a good chance to get your bargaining and barter skills happening.

Thank Klm1782
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

This is very unique to the Middle Eastern World, and I would definitely make it a point to visit there and experience the market / souk. Plenty of shopping options in terms of gold and jewelry. Be aware of hagglers who will try to sell you fake watches but they are on the streets. Spice souk is also a must see at least once to experience the local tradition.

Thank Aref R
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Reviewed July 22, 2017

The shops have an intriguing array of rather gaudy and large gold jewelry items, not at all to my taste but fun to see. I prefer more understated items, but that is a personal choice. We came for the spectacle not to shop and enjoyed the experience at the end of a day exploring the older part of Dubai. It was good to see the older areas as well as all the modern skyscrapers.

Thank SMOGtraveller
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Reviewed June 30, 2017

These are located in the older/traditional part of Dubai so you get more of a cultural experience, you can get good bargains but be prepared to haggle as prices are not listed on items, if you're not a good negotiators you'll pay more than you should. Its a good place to try camel milk chocolate(yummy). Avoid buying food of spices that you're not allowed to bring back to the UK, do not buy from the first shop you see shop around before settling on what to buy, you have to be assertive (not rude) as people will pull you right left and centre to entice you into their shop. Its a similar experience of going to a market in Turkey. You can get random things in this market such as hair extensions for all my weave sisters out there.

Thank Cheryl100761
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Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

We spent a meltingly hot man rning at the gold & spice souks. Unfortunately, as it was Ramadan, we couldn't have drinks (even water) in public, so it was an uncomfortably hot & thirsty experience in 40+ degree heat.

Spice souks were fabulous. So many familiar & very unfamiliar spices on offer & a great aroma pervading the whole area. Gold souk was also fascinating with the high quality gold Loki g almost gaudy & numerous intricate necklaces & other items.

In addition to the gold & spices there are stalls & shops selling a variety of lovely clothes, linen tops, silk dresses etc plus souvenirs & beautiful cushions, bedspreads & fabrics. Unfortunately it is difficult to see them as so many of the vendors are busy heckling to try to get you to go into their shops that it has the opposite effect & drives you away, preventing you from having a good look.

We did buy a beautifully embroidered dress for my daughter after a good amount of good natured haggling. He started at 250 dirham- we offered 80 dirhams & finally agreed on 100 dirhams after walking away, to be called back. I think it's sensible to have an idea of what you are willing to pay & don't go above it. Start low. If they don't accept it, there are usually other shops selling the same thing & you can try again.

Worth going but a shame you can't just take a good look & enjoy the experience without being totally pestered.

Thank Cecile S
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