Dubai is famous the world over for its souqs or traditional Arabian markets. These are essential part of life. There are many souqs scattered across this prominent city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Most of them are located in the vibrant Deira area.
These fabulous traditional market places are a must see for every visitor whether travelling for leisure or business. All kinds of things are available in these souqs. Whether you want to buy gold jewellery, perfumes and fragrances, spices, electronics items or hand-woven fabrics, all these and more can be purchased for handsome bargains. The peak hour at the souqs is after midday prayers till early evening. Here are some of the famous souqs in Dubai you should consider visiting.
The Gold Souq is undoubtedly the best known among all the souqs in Dubai. It’s a must visit for the gold traders and all those interested in buying or collecting gold jewelery. You can also look out for special memento or shiny trinkets. You will come across hundreds of vendors selling statement gemstones, unique gold pieces and alluring Arabic designs suiting all tastes and budgets. Be rest assured you will be getting genuine and top quality gold and silver jewels.
The Textile Souq is situated in Bur Dubai. Get ready to be welcomed by the heavy wooden gates as you enter this lively traditional marketplace. You will come across many small shops filled with rolls of luxe fabrics, including dazzling sari fabric, airy cottons and fine silks. The tailors will be there for you to stitch a kandora ((traditional menswear), abaya (traditional womenswear) or specially made suits.
Are you passionate about fragrances? Then consider visiting the Perfume Souq iin Deira area on Sikkat al Khali Street. Here you will find all kinds of fragrances and everything scented – the ever-popular traditional Oud, incense sticks, essential oils and pure perfume. The scented items and oils are sold in wholesale. However, the vendors would lovingly prepare for you smaller bottles as well to suit your taste.
The Spice Souq is situated next to the Gold Souq. You will need to spend few hours here to discover the traditional Arabic trading. You will find home cooks, top chefs and savvy expats buying from the wide range of local and imported spices. Apart from an extensive range of exotic spices, you can also purchase dried fruits, nuts, rice, high-quality saffron strands and fresh Grade-A dates.