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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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A taste of old Dubai

The spice market is as any arab market, full of vendors selling you spices, clothinh, and whatever you can imagine. It is fun to stroll around the corridors and see a little of... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Patricio B
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pure souk experience! Bargain a lot! Tell the price 40 percent less than the one quoted by the shopkeeper.tell him you will buy more and in cash

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The spice market is as any arab market, full of vendors selling you spices, clothinh, and whatever you can imagine. It is fun to stroll around the corridors and see a little of the local culture. you wil NOT find any high end stores but you can find lots of local arts and crafts, spices, food, etc. Interesting visit

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Delft, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spice souk is a neighboring market to the Gold one. Besides spices, you can find also different sweets like chocolate and dates. Do not buy what you like immediately. Walk around, ask the price, compare, try to lower the price, sometimes the real price can be 3-4 lower compared to the price you hear from a vendor. For instance, a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The spice souk is close to the gold souk so this could be a combined visit. The souk contains shops all selling spice, both ground and whole, over a small area of maybe 200 shops selling nothing but spices or utensils associated with their preparation. The smells are amazing and it is well worth while going into some of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably the closest you can get to a relatively Arab experience in Dubai, which is so modern and developing. It was a nice experience walking around the narrow streets of the souk with the stalls and shops. It also seemed well visited by locals and tourists alike, so a good authentic experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here and the nearby Gold souk, on a full day tour of Dubai. An amazing aroma of all sorts of spice things. As we were on a tour, we were intending on buying something small from the companies "designated stop", as we did. Also learnesd what spices were used for what, and that indigo, is used to get... More 

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Tysons Corner, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun experience, and I did buy many spices such as Saffron, Sumak, Cardamom, honey, and teas. My * Helpful HINT * on this DO NOT buy at the 1st store you stumble upon or stores on the main street...shop at them and come back later to negotiate...or you will not get a good price. By shopping at... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Crossing the river in an abra to the spice souk was the best part. Like most souks, you are constantly badgered to come in for a look or to buy something. But it is interesting. learn to keep shaking your head and saying "no". The smells are devine and it is certainly fun to look and try to figure out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited both souk by taking small old boots, called abra, from abra dock. This is really cheap only 1 aud and I would recommend it for his charm! We visited the souk at sunset. Be prepared on die hard sellers! With dark, small streets, and singing from mosq our daughter got really scared over here but we liked it

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Gold Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not worth the cab ride. The shop keepers were intensely in our faces. Can't imagine how horrible this place would Ben on a hot and busy day. We did not feel comfortable!

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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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