Swanky hotels, jaw-dropping skyline, and glitzy shopping malls are synonymous with Dubai. In all this extravagance, you can also experience a more rustic Arabic inspired shopping experience meandering in souks for the bazaar-feel. Here is a list of the best souks to visit in Dubai to stock up on spices, gold and more.
Dubai Gold Souk
The Gold Souk in Dubai is a destination in itself where there are more than three hundred retailers selling the precious yellow metal. There is silver, platinum, diamonds and more to shop in this labyrinth of narrow alleys. You will find over the top and subtle designs in jewellery catering to all kinds of international travellers that Dubai receives. Do not forget to check out the world’s largest gold ring on display. The ostentatious 21-karat Najmat Taiba weighs 141 pounds and costs approximately $3 million.
Dubai Spice Souk
Just south of the Gold Souk is a bazaar where the fragrance of spices wafts in the air, from where you can just follow the scent to reach the spice souk. You will walk past an array of dried herbs and spices neatly piled into conical heaps. Chefs and passionate cooks will have a field day with all the spices they can imagine being sold here. Put your haggling skills to good use here. You can also explore the smaller but interesting perfume and textiles souks nearby.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Walk into a Bedouin-like maze of boutique shops and luxury labels. Moorish arches with rows of pillars lining the walkway lends this place a century-old marketplace vibe. You will find stores selling timeless pieces of antiques, artefacts, jewellery, musical instruments and more. When you are tired exploring the alleyways, choose from any of the restaurants selling world-class cuisine. If you are not shopping, you will be busy clicking endless pictures of the souk as its very well laid out and highly Instagrammable.
Khan Murjan Souk
Located at Wafi City, it is an underground market inspired by a 14th century Baghdad meeting place. The market is spread over two floors and divided in to four quarters with each belonging to Syrian, Turkish, Moroccan and Egyptian traders. If you want to deck up your house with some Arab-style décor, this is the right place. There are lamps, carpets, rugs, furniture, art, clothes and also herbs and spices.