Dubai Spice Souk
Dubai Spice Souk
3.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Deira
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 5 min walk
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  • Charlene F
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasure trove of unique shops and boutiques
    The bustling atmosphere of the Souk was invigorating, with vibrant energy filling the air. The sound of Arabic music, the aroma of spices, and the lively conversations added to the sensory experience. I couldn't resist indulging in some haggling and negotiating prices with the friendly shopkeepers, a customary practice in this vibrant marketplace.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 June 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota4,996 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a Flea Market with Pushy Vendors
    Visting the Old Souk area including the Spice Souk left me somewhat disappointed. It's fun to take an Abra across the Dubai Creek and this is a good place to pick up some inexpensive souvenirs, but the souk did not provide the exotic or energetic experience that I was expecting. It is essentially a flea market similar to that you can find in many large cities but here with pushy and annoying vendors who will constantly pester you as you try to enjoy the experience.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 24 July 2023
  • らわ
    Manchester, United Kingdom1,690 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Variety of spices, remember to haggle
    I don’t cook anything other than basic stuff like omelettes, so my knowledge of spice is zero. However my mum who likes to cook and use a variety of spices understood and enjoyed this. The Saffron is dirt cheap here. Especially if you bargain, as it’s like 10 times more expensive in the UK. The shop we bought, pure saffron 2 grams for 50 Durhams. You can probably get it cheaper elsewhere but the spices here are plentiful and affordable compared to the West.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Dfobs2011
    Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spice shopping at the market
    I agree with others it’s a highly pressured area regarding sales. You can be over charged. It’s almost like switch and bait. They talk rapidly with a smile and are playing a game at all times. I was overcharged, however I was able to get some cash back. It was a hassle, you must get receipts ( they don’t itemize) bills. Don’t go unless you’re up for haggling over prices and keeping them to their prices and do your own conversion. Don’t leave before you have receipts and reviewed them. The atmosphere is charged with excitement, but be careful when shopping.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 December 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania33,359 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mixed impressions
    A mixture of impressions. Beauty mixed with trash. Mix all kinds of flavors and colors that catch your eye. Harassing and impatient merchants who persistently try to make you buy something. Dozens of stands, labyrinthine alleys. Beautiful? I don't know... But it's an experience worth trying.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 December 2023
  • M M
    Perth, Australia2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Watch out!
    Nice place to experience the busy Arabic market but all the stores are very similar and some of the shop staff will grab child’s hand to stop you at their store. We were very interested to buy something but we got too annoyed, tried to ignore them and kept walking past the shops. Some shop will lure you in with a cheap price of something. We were going to buy a nice Arabic bowl but that was his trick to bring us in to the store and offered other staff which we were not interested. He didn’t give up trying to sell more stuff, so we just left the store without buying anything. Watch out!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 March 2024
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Danny
India5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
It it must visit place who loves thier dishes full of spices and are fond of trying experiments. I was to happy to visit here.
Written 22 May 2024
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M M
Perth, Australia2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice place to experience the busy Arabic market but all the stores are very similar and some of the shop staff will grab child’s hand to stop you at their store. We were very interested to buy something but we got too annoyed, tried to ignore them and kept walking past the shops. Some shop will lure you in with a cheap price of something. We were going to buy a nice Arabic bowl but that was his trick to bring us in to the store and offered other staff which we were not interested. He didn’t give up trying to sell more stuff, so we just left the store without buying anything. Watch out!
Written 30 March 2024
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Dancing Goat Therapy Farm
Fredericton, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
An absolute treat to the senses. Loved the colours aroma and people. Even got to have lunch with the local vendors in their shop.
Written 14 March 2024
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356911
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Salesmen at Pushi were overly aggressive and insulting in their attempts to lure customers into their shops. This behavior goes against the warm and welcoming nature typically associated with Emirati hospitality. It’s disappointing considering the usually pleasant and inviting Emirati culture. As a result, I prefer exploring local shops away from the main souk streets to avoid such experiences.
Written 12 February 2024
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Shiela
Copenhagen, Denmark2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It’s nice to see colorful spices and different things BUT don’t go in and buy!!! Buy somewhere else local where they give proper price.
My advice is to ask as much as possible where to buy cheap. NEVER EVER buy there because they will try to SCAM you and they are aggressive sellers!!
Best if you AVOID this place!
I went there and I was excited but I was so dissapointed, I bought things overpriced. I promised my self not to come back!!! Dishonest sellers!
Written 27 December 2023
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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore1,270 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Vendors here are hyper aggressive and in your face . They will bug you endlessly and even grab your arms to try and bring them into their shops . As such, felt very harassed and uncomfortable and we just wanted to get out of this place . Also didn’t like their profiling - they will just shout out your purported nationality and try to speak your native to get your attention .

Don’t waste your time supporting aggressive shop owners .
Written 22 December 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,359 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A mixture of impressions. Beauty mixed with trash. Mix all kinds of flavors and colors that catch your eye. Harassing and impatient merchants who persistently try to make you buy something. Dozens of stands, labyrinthine alleys. Beautiful? I don't know... But it's an experience worth trying.
Written 16 December 2023
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Dfobs2011
Chicago, IL1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I agree with others it’s a highly pressured area regarding sales. You can be over charged. It’s almost like switch and bait. They talk rapidly with a smile and are playing a game at all times. I was overcharged, however I was able to get some cash back. It was a hassle, you must get receipts ( they don’t itemize) bills. Don’t go unless you’re up for haggling over prices and keeping them to their prices and do your own conversion. Don’t leave before you have receipts and reviewed them. The atmosphere is charged with excitement, but be careful when shopping.
Written 11 December 2023
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Selina L
Vancouver, Canada24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Similar to other folks who have braved the Dubai Spice Souk, I found the shopkeepers to be overly aggressive. As a result, I was unable to take in all of the vibrant sights and smells. I also wanted to stop and ask about the many interesting spices and herbs, but there was no way to do it without getting harassed. It's a shame, because I would have been willing to purchase some spices if not for the aggressive selling tactics. If you have a thick skin, it is worth visiting the market. But beware that you may be racing through to avoid getting harassed by the pushy shopkeepers (and sadly they are all the same in each of the gold, spice and textile souks in Deira and Bur Dubai).
Written 9 December 2023
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david s
New York City, United States6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I was so excited to go to get spices for my wife and something for her to wear. the smells and sights were intoxicating. BUT- I was bullied, harassed and overcharged by the aggressive hawkers who stand in front of every store, will literally grab you and try to drag you inside. if you go be prepared to be uncomfortable, haggle hard with them, and if not satisfied with the price - walk away.
Written 4 December 2023
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