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Review of Gold Souk

Gold Souk
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Of course a souk is a souk, meaning a place you can buy almost everything, discussing prizes. But this souk has more than local specialities: this is the place to buy gold, silver and jewelries. There are so much jewelries stores that this impossible you cannot find exactly what you want for the prize you are willing to pay. Do not miss carpets and spices boutiques which you will find very best quality at a very cheap prize.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Having made more than eight trips to Dubai on business in the late 1990's, I was eager to check for myself how Dubai had changed when we visited in June 2012. From a few shopping centres, in the 90's, more glamorous than Australian, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall were mind-blowing. And there were many more. The hotel options were equally amazing - we stayed at Pullman Mall of the Emirates which was a great base. (See separate review). Lunch at Burj al Arab was so expensive and we were the only ones in the restaurant - disappointing but the ambience, food and service were exceptional. The Arabian Adventures Dune Bashing was a must, a unique experience and totally worth it - especially if you get one of the best (and most adventurous) drivers and we did. A nightime visit to the Gold and Spice Souks was a not to be missed experience - check the gold price first - easy to get there - Metro red line to Khalid Bin al Waleed station, change to green line to Al Ras and a ten minute walk towards the gulf. Do not hesitate to use the metro - easy, cheap, clean, regular, packed and cheerful. Window shopping in the Malls will always tempt the visitor and the eating options (no alcohol) are many and varied. Tried to book into the Friday Brunch - through the hotel concierge - a Dubai tradition among expats and plenty of locals but every hotel was booked out, with waiting lists closed. Most of the larger hotels have a club or executive lounge and these are generally good value - drinks and snacks (could replace a meal) in the evening. With the Emirates/Qantas link, use Dubai to break the trip, both ways. We had one day on the way to Europe and three days on the way home. That worked OK - with more time, could have made it to Abu Dhabi - or taken a day trip to further Emirates, e.g. Fujairah. Make sure you have the airport pick-up and delivery organised prior to travelling. Weather - although we were there in late June, it was only 35 degrees and not too hot. I have been there when it was 45+ and that's awful.

Thank john b
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Gold, gold and more gold!!! My eyes felt like I was in Ali Baba's cave when I went to the Gold Souk. Initially I was reluctant to go the the Gold Souk as I did not plan on buying jewelry whilst in Dubai, but alas as a typical tourist I was persuaded to pay the souk a visit. I only bought a pair of gold bangles, and had quite an experince whilst there. The stall owners love gold, and expect that you love gold too. Whilst I do love gold, I don't often have an opportunity to wear such elaborate pieces of jewelry (hence my minimal purchase & interest) but I must admit in retrospect that there is enough to tempt you into parting with your cash! Go if you want bargain priced gold jewelry, and be sure to bargain as much as possible - never settle for the first quoted price as the supply is in excess here. Never buy because of pressure from the stall owners, as I said they try to convince you that you love gold as much as they do! I would only go here again if i had need for such jewelry, so its ticked off my list of travel expeditions :)

2  Thank Venetian_Love
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

If you like to buy gold and you are from any part of the world..... this is the best place to buy gold.
Pure and latest designs there are many shops here.... be aware they charge making charges on percentage basis so one has to bargain the rates for making charges. Also ask for free bees when you shop. Go looking around as this is a huge place, try shops inside building or shops at the back. try and shop form ONE shop itself so one can bargain a lot and take free bees. Worth to buy gold from this area. Can recommend MALABAR GOLD shop

15  Thank rahulbendre
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We found the gold souk to have good prices for gold and silver items, but you must be prepared. Read up on jewelry prices before you leave home.
Number one tip is to have a piece of your own weighed before you leave home, a necklace, ring, etc, and use this as a reference weight. Next, know the spot price for the grade of gold or silver you are looking for, 18 carat gold, 24 carat, etc. Get your pocket calculator ready.
Pick an item you like and ask the store owner for an opening price and ask them to weigh it, if you suspect the scales, ask them to weigh your own reference ring or necklace, etc.
Once you have established the weight of the item, work out the raw cost of the item based on the current gold or silver price for that particular grade. Then make a judgement call on how much you think the gold or silversmith's time and effort (and store owner's profit) you are willing to pay for.
Generally you will get items for less than half of the initial opening price but if you know your prices by weight you will have a better chance of getting the best deal.
Yes there are a a lot of touts trying to draw you into their stores so get a few prices and perhaps use this to get a feel for the going rate before you start to haggle on the items you really want. If you make your final offer and walk out the door, and they don't follow you, you know you have pushed too far. Never mind there are dozens of other stores all around.
This area is also the place to get all your tacky souvenirs, every thing from fridge magnets, bottle openers, toy camels, tee shirts, etc.
The Gold Souk is centered around the covered pedestrian extension of Al Ras Road. The bus terminal is a few minutes walk away. The nearest metro rail stations are Al Ras and Palm Deira, each about an easy 5 or 10 minute walk away. You can get there by taxi or by Abra boat from the jetty on the creek near the spice souk which is only a 5 minute walk away. There are plenty of police officers around who are very friendly and will point you in the right direction. These are the guys in military khaki overalls, berets and big mustaches! Hope this helps.

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