Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, is known for its mix of international designers and contemporary malls, making it one of the most exciting cities to go shopping. But, if you want to really experience Dubai, you have to check out the traditional markets known as souks. You’ll find everything from hand-woven textiles and gold to spices and fruits and vegetables. These are the traditional souks you have to check out.
Fittingly, the Gold Souk is one of Dubai’s most famous markets and it’s the largest gold bazaar in Arabia, as Dubai is known as the “City of Gold”. Here you’ll find everything from wedding gems to everyday pieces and you can even create bespoke pieces or pick up the latest designer’s works.
Not far from the Gold Souk, you’ll find the Spike Souk, which has a variety of spices, dried herbs, rice, nuts, and fruits at prices that can’t be beaten. The colors and fragrances alone are enough reason to visit the souk.
Follow the road up from the Gold and Spice Souks to Deira’s Perfume Souk. You’ll find perfumes, traditional oud, essential oils, and incense sticks. Create your own personalized scent in ornate bottles for a one-of-a-kind perfume.
Just a short boat ride across the Creek from the souls in Deira you’ll find the covered alleyways of the Textile Souk. The shops have a huge range of hand-woven and machine-made fabrics in silk, cotton, wool, and cashmere.