What’s a souk?
A souk, or souq, is a traditional Arabic marketplace. Some of the souks in Dubai are quite modernised but there are still some of the old-style traditional Arabian souks.
Some of these great souks are:
- Dubai Gold Souk
- Dubai Textile Souk (The Old Souk)
- Dubai Spice Souk
- Dubai Perfume Souk
Let’s have a walk through each of these brilliant souks and then you can go for a literal walk through them too.
This souk just kind of captures the essence of Dubai. With over ten tonnes of Gold rumoured to be at the Gold Souk at any time. You’ll find any piece of jewellery you can think of and if you can’t, many of the goldsmiths and jewellers will be more than happy to craft a unique piece of jewellery for you. One of the great things about the souks are, and the Gold Souk in general, everything is negotiable! Yay! Whether you’re looking for a keepsake, souvenir or something special for your significant other, this is the place to be.
Textile Souk (The Old Souk)
The Textile Souk, also known as the Old Souk, is a tourist hot spot for Dubai. You’ll find every single colour and design of fabric imaginable and, again, negotiable! You can have clothes tailor made for very very reasonable prices or pick up many of the premade pieces. The kaftans are always a favourite for your female family and friends back home, I guarantee it. The beautifully coloured and dazzling abayas will make anybody feel like an Arabian princess back home.
This one’s a bit nuts but what’s Dubai without a bit of nuttiness? Ready your nose because you’re off to the Spice Souk. You’ll find a busy trading floor in the Spice Souk with all manners of chefs, cooks and expats desperate to bring home that signature flavour. You’ll find sacks of saffron at the Spice Souk, so treat yourself! If you’re not in the business of buying tonnes of spices, grab some smaller samples to take home and try out. See what a difference it can make to your favourite meals.
Another one for the nose but a little bit more refined than the Spice Souk. The Perfume Souk is the best place to find essential oils, incense and that iconic signature Oud. Let your nose make the decisions while you browse the fragrances, try them out and see which one you prefer. The Perfume Souk always makes for some excellent gifts for friends and family back home.
So, those are the best traditional Arabian souks. Let me know your favourites if you’ve been. We’ll talk about the more modern souks soon!
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