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“City of Gold” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gold Souk

Gold Souk
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Combo Dubai City Tour and Desert Safari
Ranked #12 of 221 Shopping in Dubai
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Mamiya jewellers is an jewelry establishment in 1966, having profound experience & competent prices & quality in diamond , gold & bespoke jewelry manufacturing.
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“City of Gold”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

We enjoyed our visit here even though we barely bought anything. I think this was a nice experience. Did lots of window shopping. Looking at the different things made up of gold was fun. Aside from the usual jewelries made up of gold, there were gold garments, gold money (different currencies made of gold) and many other things you wouldn't see elsewhere.

Visited December 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Wow! Such a stunning place with great bargains. Definitely come here with dirhams and your bargaining skills because this is the place to be.

Visited February 2013
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“Gold ornaments of different deigns.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were here to buy some jewelry and i most say 'KNOW HOW TO BARGAIN'.....i had my wife do the bargaining..... they have various Gold ornaments of different deigns....even if your just window shopping,enjoying the glitter all around you and taking some snaps is fun....

Visited February 2013
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“Bling Bling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Gold Souk is situated in Deira, Dubai. It has hundreds of shops selling various types of gold ornaments of different deigns. If you want to buy here then you should bargain a lot. Even if you don't want to buy anything, a leisurely stroll through the souk is a nice experience. It is a place for window shopping,enjoying the glitter all around you and taking some snaps.

Visited February 2013
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“Bargains to be had if you know how to!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

You should know how to bargain and buy gold if you wish to appreciate this place. Gold in such places are sold by their weight and according to the carat of purity.

24K: Cant make jewellery but you can buy gold biscuits/coins in 10gm, 20gm or higher.
22K, 21K, 18K: used for making jewellery and is priced accordingly.

When you enter the gold souk, there is a board that advertises the rate per gram (or 10grams) - this is the government controlled rate. Don't be surprised when you ask for pricing of any jewellery piece - that they take it out and weigh it (like any grocery/vegetable). The gold normally available here is the orangish/yellowish hue normally preferred in middle-east and asian countries.You may get the white colour in select shops.

The price of any Gold jewellery piece includes the following:
1. Price according to weight & purity of gold (as mentioned before): This is a govt controlled rate and genuine. There is no scope for bargains here.
2. Making charges: Varies according to the intricacy of the design. Anywhere from 9-15% (and sometimes even higher). This is negotiable and you can bargain hard.
3. Wastage: This is not charged in Dubai and should not be charged.
4. Taxes / VAT etc...: Should not be charged as Dubai is entirely tax/duty free zone.
Because there is no wastage, tax/duty/VAT and you can negotiate on the making charges - that makes this place cheap for gold jewellery.

If you were buying a similar piece of jewellery in a western jewellery store, with the exact same design, karat, weight etc... - you would end up paying 2-5 times more!!

Like any tourist place - you have a number of touts trying to sell duplicate/copy-cat items (watches, handbags etc..) - just ignore them and do not let them spoil your pleasure.

For those who are vegetarian - there is a small basic mess/canteen called Sarovar hotel in one of the bylanes which has a limited menu but provides good wholesome food.

Hope the above brief guide is useful to someone when buying gold here. We enjoyed our stroll through the Gold souk. We will come back if we return to Dubai.

Visited December 2013
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