Looking to have a more authentic shopping experience in Dubai? Check out its many souks. They offer a welcome respite from the ultra-opulent and futuristic mega malls.
Just what is a Souk, Exactly?
Souks are traditional-style Arabian marketplaces. Some specialise in certain items such as gold, while others sell all and sundry ranging from fruits, perfumes and spices, to clothing and jewellery.
Deira Gold Souk
Check out the planet’s largest ring at the Deira Gold Souk! The Najmat Taiba, which translates to the ‘Star or Taiba’ is a behemoth of a 21-carat gold ring, and weighs probably as much as you! At a whopping 64 kg in weight, it’s worth over an estimated USD 3 million in value; perhaps that explains why there’s a ‘not for sale’ sign plastered next to it. The Deira Gold Souk is located about a 10-minute drive away from international accommodation options such as AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel.
This is quite a touristy souk, which puts it on the pricey side; however, there are some baubles and trinkets which are to die for. If you fancy grabbing some beautifully-crafted lighting fixtures and lamps to take home, you’ve got to stop by this souk which is within easy reach of hotels in Dubai Deira.
Deira Spice Souk
Pay a visit to the Spice Souk in Deira in order to experience a more authentic version of the hustle and bustle that is common in popular local markets. It’s a good place to pick up fragrant spices as well as dried fruits, figs and nuts.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+