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Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

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Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

Safe to go to the markets at night as a woman travelling alone? Also what time are they open. I will be there Friday night, Saturday & Sunday morning

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1. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

The old Souqs are open till 10:00 pm and yes Dubai is a very safe city at night even for a solo female traveller.

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2. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

You will be perfectly safe on your own. Just keep a matter-of-fact demeanor when you interact with the shopkeepers.

The souqs open around 4 pm on Fridays (no morning work hours), and from 9-1 and again 4-10 on all other days of the week.

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Textile souq

 Sat to Thur 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 10pm, Fri 5pm to 10pm.

Spice souq

Sat to Thurs 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm.

Deira fish market

Daily 5am to 1pm and 5pm to 11pm.

Perfume souk

Sat to Thur 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm.

Gold souk

Sat to Thur 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 10pm, Fri 4pm to 10pm.

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4. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

Nice Post.....Good Info. Thanks evry1. Also please advise while uying Gold do the shopkeepers charge you making charges? and r the making charges negotiable? Am sure that the rates for Gold would be same across the whole city? Pl advise thanks in advance...

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5. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

Everything is negotiable at the souqs. In fact, prices are set based on the expectation that buyers will negotiate.

Gold price should be uniform on the charts, but stores will have different prices, some are more expensive than others. The 'making charges' are one way by which shops inflate the price. Some items are also sold 'by the piece' and not by weight. You need to know the gold price on that day from multiple sources so that you do 'informed haggling.' Also, don't buy from the first or second shop you enter, survey more than one shop to familiarize yourself with what's on offer, prices, etc.

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6. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

Thanks FastTracDxB, Gr8 info, will check the rates of the gold prevailing,

By any chance do u have any idea how much in terms of % is a good % of making charges, Over here in our country too the gold rates are fixed @ every shop which is the current bullion rate but 10-15% is the making charges that is prevelent and a good bargain to buy. OR Alternatively how much in terms of % one can haggle to get a good buy??

Surprising the ornaments in Dubai are sold as in pieces and not by weight+making charges??

THANKS IN ADVANCE

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7. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

I'm not a regular gold buyer, so my info is rather limited.

First and just to clarify, not all gold is sold by piece in Dubai. Only a few items, some rings, pendants, small pieces for the most part. Everything else is sold by weight and making charges.

I haven't heard of a percentage charge for making. Many shopkeepers will ask for different prices based on origin of item, Italian, Bahraini, Saudi, Indian, etc. and charge you accordingly. It will depend on how a shopkeeper assesses their inventory, but they have to remain competitive as buyers have other options. Damas for example, almost always charges more but, IMO, they are really charging for the good taste and elegance reflected in their jewelry.

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8. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

Fast Track DxB.......thanks a ton

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9. Re: Safe to go to the souks at night single woman?

just wondering single woman, when you will be doing your wandering... I'm single woman traveler in transit just 10 hours on the 18th/ Wednesday... an experience wanderer... checking the forum and saw your post...

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