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Dubai Spice Souk

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The Creek
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Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai 75157, United Arab Emirates
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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
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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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All the vendors want to be my friend. Somewhat traditional market with a lot of spices that the typical tourist doesn't really use. A lot of street guys selling fake Rolex. Be... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

All the vendors want to be my friend. Somewhat traditional market with a lot of spices that the typical tourist doesn't really use. A lot of street guys selling fake Rolex. Be prepared to push back on the unwanted sales pitch. I enjoy these type of markets but not really for everyone.

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walking around the markets there gives you a flavour of the cities heritage and it's great to see all the spices. The sellers are quite pushy and their spices are a little expensive and of not great quality; you'll find much better spices, for a much better price, in the supermarkets that can be found in the mall.

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Hamburg, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

All shops in that so called souk offer the same things. All run to you "hello my friend". You won't find anything special there. It's better to walk around in that area. You'll find wholesalers of different things like lentils or coffee or plastic bags. They know you'll never buy a thing there but will always enjoy talking and offer... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good visit if looking for spices for self or even as a gift. Lots of shops with more or less the same variety of herbs & spices. Gold souk a walking distance

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I like to buy spices, but this place is most to see the colours, to smell exotic scents and feel the market. Of course you can buy spices, if you know how to use it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did not see any locals buying here, as this market seems to be mainly tourist shops with a few large bags of spices out the front. The constant peddling become tiresome. If you want to grab a souvenir then the old souk was more enjoyable. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited at 10:30AM. We were very annoyed by too many merchants were aggressively calling the visitors. Not a comfortable places to visit and also not many things to see! Do not compare to the Bazar in Turkey and Iran. You might be disappointed. Just good to kill about 30 minutes if you don't have any other things to do

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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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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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