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“Lots of Gold but ...”
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Gold Souk
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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.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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“Lots of Gold but ...”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Gold Souk is an amazing place to see but people approaching you and offering you a fake stuff are annoying, they totally ruin the experience. I ended up running away from there after an hour, otherwise you can easily spend there hours.

Visited February 2014
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“Be prepared to bargain.”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

The souks are a great place to shop outside of the malls. They offer a lot of good souvenirs, a different look at the city. However, you should be prepared to bargain, and know that in the gold souk they charge by the GRAM. The owners will weigh any piece you are interested (make sure you can see the scale) and tell you how much. The gold souk generally offers a lot of little vendors with the same things, so don't be afraid to get prices at a few places to shop around. They LOVE the tourists though, so be prepared to be continuously haggled in the market. Recommend take the boat (abra) over for 1 AED. Also, many of the shops are air conditioned so you WILL get some respite from the intense desert heat while you are there. I would also take bottles of water too.

Visited April 2014
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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“Good to see once”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Both this and the spice souk are good to visit once although you are harassed the minute you walk in by the counterfeit goods traders, although they do say "copy bags", "copy watches", not sure this justifies it but at least you are under no illusions!!

The store keepers are also keen to get you in but you just have to ignore them, they are used to it so its not being rude. The whole area is quite interesting to see and gives you an impression of older Dubai, like the rest of Dubai it feels safe and we did wander down a few alleyways of the main souks where there are other shops and traders.

There is a vast amount of gold and diamond jewellery on offer.

As there are not a lot of hotels in this area and consequently no restrooms my wife did need to use one and had to resort to a public convenience which horrified her as it was basically a hole in the floor!

We took the 1 dirham abra accords the creek which we also enjoyed.

Worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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“Different and nice - negotiate!”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Very different place to go and spend an hour or two walking by tons of jewels, gold, clothing stores. Be aware people will be almost agressive in pursuing your attention - in a good way, but still, they can even take our cap out if you have one and get into a store to make you get inside.
Do NEVER buy something without seeing a price of same item in 2-3 different stores, and do NEVER accept the first price offered. A few pachminas can be bought for 60% of the initial offering, gold and electronics might be a different story.
Would deffinitely consider this a mandatory tour within Dubai.

Visited April 2014
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“It All Glitters and It's Gold”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Gold Souk is a place you have to visit just to tick it off your "must do" list whilst in Dubai.Down by the Dubai Creek you can get to it by metro with a long walk, by bus to within about 200 mtrs. or by "Big Bus"tours to within 200 mtrs.
Both sides of the road or walkways are shop after shop of gold, some are very elaborate pieces some with every kind of chain you would want to bracelets and rings.

Every shop seems to have several sales staff, whether that is a mark of how well they do for sales or how much profit they make on sales I am not sure.
I think it is probably nice to have a small ring or bracelet as a souvenir, but I suspect the best value is to buy ingots by weight, there are several screens that are giving out the present gold and silver prices within the souk.Easily accessible for wheelchair users and buggies.

You have got to go along and see the "worlds Largest Ring" of course, but after a while you do get a sense of deja vu when looking in so many shops.
Of course if you venture up the small side alleys there are the shops with all the tourist items, the camels make of everything, the magnets ,the t shirts etc.

We found an hour with the walk from the bus stop and back was enough.

Visited April 2014
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