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Dubai Spice Souk

The Creek
As featured in Cultural Guide to Dubai and 1 other guide
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Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai 75157, United Arab Emirates
16:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 13:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
Sat - Thu 10:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Shopping at Traditional Souks, such as Dubai Spice Souks, exposes travelers...

Shopping at Traditional Souks, such as Dubai Spice Souks, exposes travelers to Arab style marketplaces where goods are bought and sold. Bargaining allows you to acquire different commodities, such as spice, gold, textiles and perfumes.

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Intense, some good some less good

Spent an intense fifteen or twenty minutes here. The touristy sites visible from the outside were OK, bought a headdress. Touristy sites just inside were a real gauntlet of... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
London, England, United Kingdom
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent an intense fifteen or twenty minutes here. The touristy sites visible from the outside were OK, bought a headdress. Touristy sites just inside were a real gauntlet of intense sellers. Had my headdress rearranged for the better, and then forcibly removed when we didn't buy anything from the store. So my headdress was a lot of fun for three... More 

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Markham, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun to walk thru and take in the market, culture, smells and learn a lot about spices Locals seem to shop here and the area is bustling with activity Be careful of the vendors who want to drag you in to purchase items that you will not be able to bring home without customs approval

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I loved all the attention the vendors give you when haggling over prices for little souvenirs. The spices I brought home were of high quality, I wish I would've brought more saffron, cardamom, and Arabic coffee home with me. My group was in a rush to move on, but I could've stayed there all day!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever we visit Dubai, there are three places we never miss. It is abbra port, loading docks and the old souk (spice souk). There are all together - you get there by metro Green line Al Ras (interchange Union). It smells well there - saffron, vanilla, nutmeg. Only the always boring watch sellers. In the neighborhood have a look to... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for spices this is the place to shop. Well worth the walk through even if not shopping. Be prepared to be pestered to buy something or be shown something most of your time in there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A charming abra ride away ( @1 AED p.p), spice souk is a small but neat array of spice shops selling spices from Iran and India. Indians can identify it with Crawford Market at Mumbai but the spice variety is much more here. Go for the experience! Haggle a bit, soak in the smells ,visit the gold souk next door,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first I have to say I was overwhelmed by all the choices to choose from. But after walking around I did find everything I wanted and the locals were very nice and helpful. The buildings were beautiful with history everywhere. The Spices were very reasonable as far as prices and everyone was so helpful. Two thumbs up in my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located adjacent to the old Gold Souk and the Dubai Creek, the Spice Souk is a historical market, brimming with life and interesting exotic smells to stir the senses! Well worth stopping by if you're in the area / fancy shopping for fresh spices!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At "Bur Dubai Abra Station", get the "abra" boat (pay only $1 AED) and cross "Dubai Creek" to reach another heritage station: "Deira Old Souk Abra Station". Then, you have almost arrived at the most popular of all Dubai's souks! A souk with many names: "Grand Souk Deira", "Deira Spice Souk", "Dubai Spice Souk" or even "Old Souk"! Stroll along... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Crowded place, where the traders get the hand to determine your national by aura, and offer you the goods on your language. After some time, there is a feeling that you are in the market somewhere in Egypt.

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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