Dubai is known as the ‘city of gold’, so it makes sense that its marketplaces are havens for fine wares. Gold jewellery, tapestries, garments, spices, fragrances – walk the souks of Dubai and uncover incredible mementos handcrafted from precious metals, luxurious fabrics, and the golden produce of the earth. Here’s what you may find.
- A bespoke necklace at the Gold Souk
According to visitdubai.com.au, everything you’ll see walking through Dubai’s Gold Souk is authentic. There you will find jewellery and gemstones sourced from Dubai, India, and other places. The finer pieces are crafted using 18 and 22 karat gold. Ask to see a diamond-encrusted necklace or string of priceless pearls up close – the craftsmanship is exquisite and government-regulated, so you can be sure it’s the real deal.
- Top quality saffron strands at the Spice Souk
Dubai’s Spice Souk is the go-to both for elite chefs and savvy amateurs who need locally-sourced fresh produce for their Emirati specialties. During your Spice Souk visit you’ll wander among multi-coloured sacks of spices, herbs, rice, fruit, teas, and more. The trading floor atmosphere is electric and intoxicating, the smells are sublime, and the prices are competitive. Sample a handful of sundried organic dates or candied nuts before you buy a sack to munch on while you explore.
- An alluring scent at the Perfume Souk
Just up the road from the Gold and Spice Souks you’ll find Deira’s Perfume Souk, which is located on Sikkat Al Khali Street, a popular market arterial. Here is where Dubai’s premier scent-makers purvey pure perfumes, essential oils, and incense sticks. The aromas are, of course, utterly spellbinding. While you shop be sure to ask a stallholder to explain the magical properties of oud, the ancient fragrant resin renowned of all the Middle East. Keep in mind, too, that a small vial of precious oud is much cheaper in Dubai than at home.
- Fine silk at the Textile Souk
The Textile Souk is alive with colour and craftsmanship, and that’s why it’s a treasured supplier to Dubai’s best tailors and fashion designers. Run your hand over rolls upon rolls of top-quality silks, cottons, palm frond weaves, and sari fabrics. Hand-pick your favourite material in your favourite colour and commission a tailor to craft you an abaya (traditional womenswear) or kandoura (traditional menswear) made to your exacting specifications.
- An unforgettable memento at Souk Madinat
A brilliant tourist showpiece tucked in between the 5-star Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr hotels, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is the perfect one-stop shopping destination for an authentic holiday souvenir. Baring all the traditional character of a Dubai souk and featuring a dazzling array of wares – fine art, sculptures, and more – Souk Madinat is the choice for visiting shoppers who want a casual browsing experience without the back-and-forth haggling of the bigger markets. While you’re there, step into a levant cafe with views of the waterways running through the complex. What’s more, this beginner-friendly souk affords amazing views of the Burj Al Arab.
Shop these iconic Dubai markets – and nab a bargain – during a stay at the Mina A’Salam hotel.