Dubai Spice Souk
Flea & Street Markets
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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
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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.
Suggested 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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gema O
Spring, TX19 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Visited Spice Souk, interesting experience with many kinds - unimaginable - of spices on display and for sale. Got to go around and compare - make sure you know what you are buying before conmiting! Beautiful place too, with many tourists and nive stall owners though they might get too intrusive at times, respectfully stare them off.
Written 13 November 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel36,951 contributions
Sep 2022
We had a fantastic time in the spice market.
We came to experience the scents and not to buy anything.
Make sure you know your spices (especially the saffron) before you buy them.
Written 11 November 2022
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Norm the Nomad
Australia864 contributions
Sep 2022
Very good. We caught a taxi to the old district where we spent some hours getting lost in the alley ways of the Spice and other Souks (markets). We did well to fend off the stall owners, who are quite enthusiastic
Written 10 November 2022
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TaxDeductible
Fife, Scotland28 contributions
Oct 2022
Unfortunately this particular souk is a simple two sided arcade of shops with their wares outside, all selling the same things. Whilst it’s visually spectacular, you run the gauntlet of hassle from the vendors to the extent that by the time you are only halfway through you’re looking for the end and quickening your pace through. It’s crazy for them to act like that as you’d love to take the time to browse and would ultimately end up buying more I’m sure.

We visited this souk as part of a really great tour organised through GetMyGuide called Dubai: Old Town Creek, Souks and Street Food Guided Tour. I’d highly recommend the tour as a whole, and our guide for this gentle walking tour was the excellent Hamza.
Written 3 November 2022
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kchedambarum
1 contribution
Oct 2022
Horrible experience avoid at all costs!

Full of cheap counterfeit merchandise

Sellers will wildly overcharge you (X 10 price)

Beware of a seller called : ALWARD ALTAEFI

He scammed me for AED 1690 for purchases that are not worth more than AED 200!!!
Written 28 October 2022
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jaye-dubya
Cumbernauld, UK46 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Seriously don't bother. I've been coming to Dubai for years, and always wanted to visit the spice souk. I had visions of a beautiful market with amazing products and locals mulling around.

Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a horrible experience. Every shop sells exactly the same thing - and the hustling and pressure sales tactics to get you to stop is too intense. Sales people pushing stuff in your face and being way too pushy.

Give this a miss. It's a horrible experience, one to avoid.
Written 27 October 2022
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Jamie G
Stonehouse, UK24 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Want to say I went with my three teen daughters and wife and felt total safe around this area.. had a good wee visit … tip take plenty of change so when haggling with the shop keepers you can give them what u want to give them but obviously don’t totally take the piss out them aswell as they only want to make a living… I only went in shops I wanted to go in… don’t get me wrong it’s constant with men wanting you to looks in there shop etc but just keep walking and say no thanks .. wee boat ride is good over the water and is cheap … enjoy guys
Written 1 October 2022
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Robin Jefferson
8 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
full of scammers. they charge 10x price of dubai mall. dont go there. too much anxiety for tourists, they are very persistent
Written 9 September 2022
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CBD
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Solo
I was actually on a guided tour where the guide gave us 30 min to shop. I went into a nearby spice shop. I told the guy what I wanted. He wrapped everything up. He showed me the price which I looked up and converted in US dollars online. The price he gave me was about 60.00 US dollars so I thought that wasn’t bad. He then had me follow him to a shop next door to pay. This is where it gets weird. When I gave him my credit card, I noticed the price changed. He added one or two zeros that made a bag of spices and chocolate 700.00 US dollars.

I called my tour guide over, who happened to come back into the area so we could all go. The tour guide yelled and screamed at them and dumped it all on the ground. In the end I’ll never buy spices again unless I’m at home. I can’t think of what would have happened had I not had the tour guide with me. I see nothing special about these spice shops anyway. Out of curiosity I went to another spice shop in a different area of town and they wanted to charge me 130.00 for a little bag of spices. Total total rip off. It’s fun to see the spice Market, go with a guide though and don’t buy a thing.
Written 29 August 2022
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,435 contributions
Mar 2022
On our last full day in Dubai, my wife and I visited this traditional souk that was busy with locals, international visitors, as well as visitors from the other Emirates. The souk had the typical winding paths and “friendly” vendors. However, these vendors were not at all aggressive as souks I have visited in other countries. Bargaining is cordial and reasonable! My wife and I purchased dried hibiscus after sampling fresh hibiscus juice offered by the employees in Rise. We also purchased incense and the charcoal burners; we fell in love with the burners and incense once we returned home—they are now used regularly in our home. There is a lot to see throughout the souk and we had fun walking around experiencing the sights, sounds and fragrances.
Written 28 August 2022
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