Are you a shopaholic person who is just in love with exploring street markets? Especially these which reflect the unique culture of a city? Whether you are this guy or not, you're just going to enjoy an amazing experience and pamper your senses with these colorful, vibrant areas of Dubai. Buying souvenirs, local products and taking incredible shots will feel like magic inside this very seamless part of the capital! In this article, we bring you the best local Dubai markets that you shouldn't miss while being in the city.
The Gold SoukThe gold souk is the most popular souk in Old Dubai and the largest gold market in the world! This market consists of hundreds of market stalls showcase gleaming colors of gold like pink, white, green hues and much more. With these 18 karat gold pieces, 22 karats Indian jewelry, precious stones, diamond ornaments and pearls, the gold souk contains over 10,000 kg of gold. Merchandise is carefully regulated by the Dubai government to ensure the authenticity of its quality. Don't hesitate to haggle with retailers as they have lots of tourists flocking every day and be sure you will have a good bargain.
Spice SoukThis market is for sure one of the top places you must head to before saying goodbye to the city. Located in the Deira part of the Dubai Creek, this souk features a galaxy of aromatic herbs and spices such as cinnamon, lemon, saffron, rose, chili, powders, cardamom, curry spices, herb, incense, pot pour right, nuts, dried fruit, and fragrant teas from all over the world! As soon as you get to the market, the wonderful smells shapes and colors of displays will just take your brain away. Chat with the vendors for countless ideas about using different spices and herbs and you won't leave without taking many bags and packets home.
Flea MarketThe Flea Market is held three or four times each month in different places in the capital city of Dubai. It is well-known for being the best and biggest second-hand of Dubai markets, giving you the opportunity to buy and also to sell. You will find a myriad of stalls and stands displaying a variety of items such as antiques, arts, books, ceramics, fabrics, clothes, furniture, crafts, jewelry, instruments and whatever that comes to your mind. You can go to Dubai Flea Markets on the first Saturday of each month at Safa Park, on the first Friday of each month at Uptown Mirdif, and on the second Saturday of each month at Ibn Battuta.
Textile SoukAlso known as The Old Souk, the textile market is located at the Bur Dubai side of the Deira Creek Side, Behind the Spice Souk and Gold Souk. The market offers a huge range of beautiful, high-quality fabrics (pashmina, cashmere, silk, cotton, etc…) that you will definitely find a lot to satisfy you. There is also a world of buttons, sequins, stones, lace, and other accessories to help you put an Arabian touch to your clothes. In addition, clever tailors are there in this souk to make you awesome pieces of clothes of your own choice!
Farmers’ MarketThe Farmers’ Market is one of the best Dubai markets and it is held every Friday morning by local deli Baker & Spice at Bay Avenue at Business Bay. Running for six months every winter since 2010, the market gathers organic farmers from all over the UAE who sell their best locally-grown produce. You will find farm-fresh eggs, vibrant fruits, and vegetables, herbs, honey, handmade jams, and bread. If you are in Dubai while this market being held, don't miss this opportunity to have some of the best organic food in the country.
The Perfume SoukLocated in Sikkat al Khali Road, Deira, near the Gold Souk, this aromatic place is a must- considered into your shopping tour. It will force you to spend a bit much cool time chatting with sellers, testing and buying a lot of wonderful stuff. The perfume souk features hundreds of stalls and shops, selling different types of Arabic and international perfumes, Oud, Bakhoor, ..etc, that are being sold as a stick, powder, crystal, rock or wood element. One of the best experiences that we recommend and will please you so much is getting a fully personalized aroma created based on your skin type and personality!
Souk Al-BaharSouk al-Bahar (which means in Arabic: the market of the sailor) is a large building designed in ancient Arabesque style with high archways featuring beautiful Islamic art. Walking through the alleyways, you will enjoy shopping from the stores lined with a mix of handicrafts, fashion, perfumes, carpets, souvenirs, and antiques. This building not only boasts over a hundred shops, but also a range of restaurants and cafes with views of the captivating Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa Tower.
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