Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
4.5
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Mimicking a traditional Arabian bazaar, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a popular marketplace in Dubai. It’s interconnected with waterways, lined with bars and bistros, as well as offers a picture-perfect view of the Burj Al Arab. Here, you can get adrift in a maze of stalls and browse everything from oud perfumes and glimmering jewelry to fragrant spices and Turkish pottery. You can also plan for an alfresco meal and soak in the good vibes outdoors. That’s not all—the best way to admire the bazaar is to hop on a traditional Emirati-style gondola and sail along the tranquil waterways. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • luxtraveller88
    161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Has something of a souk like atmosphere in a purpose built relatively modern pleasant setting. Quite a good selection of items on available including some better quality. Good choice of restaurants in the complex as well.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California15,442 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting take on an old theme
    This was an interesting recreation of a souk, or bazaar - however, having been to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul this is not that. It's a very upscale shopping center in an interesting architectural style. There are many and varied shops, some are quality. There are high priced restaurants on the canal.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Christian Romer
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area
    It’s so pretty here! The style is like a traditional souk, filled with stores (albeit at tourist prices) and restaurants. Lots of F&B options - overall quite pricey, but there are some more affordable ones as well. Most restaurants have an indoor and outdoor sitting area and the views are just gorgeous! There are a few spots where you can get a great view of the Burj Al Arab. A nice area to experience, very picturesque, but be prepared to spend a decent amount.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Zoi
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit
    The souq is impressive. The outside area mostly. It is good to walk around. There are several restaurants there. There is a paid parking but you can get it for free if you dine in. I recommend it for day and night since the view is stunning. I don't like that in some souvenir shops inside the souq the sellers are quite persistent trying to sell you stuff in a very high price in my opinion, since it is very touristic place. Of course there is no price on the products so they tell you what they want. The last time i visited there was one seller who was trying to convince me to buy something and he got very aggressive while i was politely telling him that i am not interested to buy anything. He sounded very rude to me and the other lady i was with. I did not want him to get in trouble and i did not report this incident. The seller was foreigner, and i understand that he wanted to make some money and he may had a bad day. However if you are not intend to buy anything i recommend to not even stop to see something especially if you are only ladies. Even though the majority respect ladies in Dubai and is safe for us, there are rare cases that some male for foreign countries don't really value ladies.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Fox Sake
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Madinat Jumeirah
    The Souk itself is quite small and sells mostly the same things mainly souvenirs of perfume , keychains, toy camels and bits of jewellery plus traditional dress. We took a boat around little Venice which is a nice way to see the sights and photo opportunities this cost 350 AED and taxi there and back about 50AED from where we were staying on the palm. All in all a good 2 to 3 hours spent. Other reviews talk about venders pulling you into their shops this is not true , they do ask but just say no politely and they don’t push it. We found the vendors polite and of good humour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Shahin A
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Dubai shopping with new Dubai luxuries
    Souk Madinat Jumeirah is beautiful. It captures the authentic bazar shopping experience with the benefit of being inside with a/c away from the summer heat. Wonderful architecture both inside & out with amazing views of the Burj al Arab to top it off. Also the abra boat tour is a must, you can thank me later 😊
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Foodsquad65
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom669 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Amazing
    We visited the souk & I have to say it’s the best out of the ones we’ve been to totally stunning inside & lovely shop keepers who you can have a good laugh with . One of them dressed us in arabic costume . We bought silk scarfs & jewelry. It’s quite big inside too & air conditioned . Definitely going back & we will try the boats next time 👍🏼
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom201 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, Modern “Theme Park” Style Souk.
    Sadly we forgot to check the opening time and arrived about 9:20. If you’re getting public transport, get the Tram to the end (Al Sufouh) and then get any of the buses that go along the main road, before getting off at the Burg Al Arab for the customary photo opportunity. The Souk was open, as were some of the stalls/shops. It has the air of queuing for an Indiana Jones ride at a Theme Park. It was kind of a win-win, as you got to appreciate the layout and design without being overly hassled by the proprietors and without having to spend excessively. Would recommend if you have 90 mins to spare.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Civilized bazaar
    A civilized version of a souk. Very nicely arranged, the merchants are much less insistent and disturbing than in the classic bazaar. Many interesting things that you can buy from dozens of stands. A lot of very nicely decorated restaurants, where alcohol is also sold, making you forget that you are in a country where it is difficult to find something like this in a restaurant. The whole complex is surrounded by a system of canals, which you can ride on an abra, for a rather high fee.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 November 2023
  • PieMamolo
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Festive and Happy Vibes
    Souk Madinat is hosting a festive market during the Holiday Season. They are making the Christmas Season in Dubai very joyful and enjoyable here in Dubai in the winter season. There are a lot of activities and experiences. 36 ft Christmas tree Light & sound Christmas trees shows Mini train rides Bungee jumping Venetian carousel Festive decorated abra rides Gingerbread house Festive shopping Festive dining Live band entertainment Boat Ride Everything is so Christmassy, Festive with the Burj Al Arab as a view, it is very wonderful. Numbers of restaurants are available for dining giving Christmas vibes as well. Please note, the lights and vibes are very nice at night but try to come early as there are a lot of people coming and experiencing. And traffic in Madinat are is very congested.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 January 2024
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parun p
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This Souk was so nice, Ofcourse it is a bit more expensive than the original soul in deira but i liked the shops and the vibe. And the pictures u can take there! awesome!!!
Written 26 February 2024
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AYESHA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Souq Madinat Jumeirah offers numerous stalls catering to different tastes. Prices tend to be a bit higher than regular shops. It's a tourist hotspot, offering a captivating view of the iconic Burj Al Arab. Visitors can enjoy nearby boating and appreciate the market's charming antique touch.

Sure, it feels good to spend an evening.✔️
Written 4 February 2024
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chrismranger
Portsmouth, UK913 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit to this bazaar, lots of stalls and the occasional western coffee shop!
Be aware of some of the rather pushy sales folks but all very polite, very clean and only a short wall from Jumeirah beach
Written 2 February 2024
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Valeriu58
Bucharest, Romania17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Although it is not an old, traditional souk it re-creates the atmosphere and it is a nice place to visit and do some shopping. It is not an open-air site which makes it worth the visit during hot periods of the year.
The merchants are friendly and there is almost no "traditional" invite-for-shopping which gives you the opportunity to take your time and enjoy your visit.
The buildings in the neighborhood look very pretty and Burj Al Arab lies its silhouette over the elegantly man made canal.
It is a worth stop to spend about one hour during a ride with the Hop-on Hop-Off Blue Line bus.
Written 28 January 2024
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layal khaled
United Arab Emirates1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The perfect encapsulation between new and old, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a clever shopping and dining destination next to the iconic Burj al Arab. From boat tours to locally handmade jewellery and handcrafts, Souk Madinat Jumeirah truly has it all !

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a popular marketplace in Dubai with breathtaking sights, souvenirs and cafes. It is interconnected with magnificent, crystalline turquoise-blue waterways, which you can experience by taking one of the boat tours. The boat tour can truly capture all your senses, from the fragrant salty smell of the ocean to getting to look at the picturesque and mind-blowing nature that surrounds the place. Not to mention, you will have the chance to look at and admire the dazzling Burj al Arab.

Personally, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is one of the places I would go back to numerously. The atmosphere is warm and light-hearted and the dining experience is exquisite. Additionally, the Souk genuinely mimics an old Arabian bazaar with tons of shops and kiosks for an excellent shopping trip. The only thing I would refrain from doing is visiting it the summer, because the very hot and scorching Dubai weather will prevent you from getting to experience the outdoor parts of the Souk.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this place to everyone , young and old , especially tourists since the location is one of a kind. If you’re looking for the perfect place to go with your family or your friends then Souk Madinat jumeirah is the place to be !
Written 27 January 2024
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Aunt_Tray
Phoenixville, PA229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is a great spot for souvenir shopping. The products that you will find here are of a higher quality than the other souks and reasonably priced. You should try to negotiate the price here just like the other souks. Some popular items that you can find here are abayas, kaftans, lamps, camel chocolates, perfumes, jewelry, pashminas and many more. There are also restaurants here.
Written 23 January 2024
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muttibey
Izmir, Türkiye1,019 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
It is a very good location for wandering around and eating some decent food whilst enjoying the beautiful and peaceful environment..
Written 20 January 2024
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PieMamolo
Dubai, United Arab Emirates13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Souk Madinat is hosting a festive market during the Holiday Season. They are making the Christmas Season in Dubai very joyful and enjoyable here in Dubai in the winter season. There are a lot of activities and experiences.
36 ft Christmas tree
Light & sound Christmas trees shows
Mini train rides
Bungee jumping
Venetian carousel
Festive decorated abra rides
Gingerbread house
Festive shopping
Festive dining
Live band entertainment
Boat Ride
Everything is so Christmassy, Festive with the Burj Al Arab as a view, it is very wonderful. Numbers of restaurants are available for dining giving Christmas vibes as well.
Please note, the lights and vibes are very nice at night but try to come early as there are a lot of people coming and experiencing. And traffic in Madinat are is very congested.
Written 3 January 2024
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Vacation24034727458
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It happened on Sunday, 17th December, My Family and I spent half of our day in Souq Al Madinat from 12 noon till about 8pm. We parked in B2 and the parking spot is 'C12' - a non valet parking spot.

At our surprise, on our way to the exit, and since the cars that moment are jammed up, we can clearly see who's Infront of us and who's behind us too, we noticed there is a parking token kiosk with two staffs operating it, we clearly saw that these two staffs let the 2 cars Infront of us (both drivers are western) passed thru the boom barrier without asking them to pay, and then comes us, my family, Asian(Filipino), were stopped by the other staff and they put down the boom barrier, we thought at first that they just did that because there were already many cars that passed thru and it's causing a traffic at the Meetup of entry and the exit.

The staff initially didn't say any thing upon stopping us aside from that he looks tensed and confused looking around the cars that are lined up. And until about 15-20 seconds he started to look more closely to us, thru our windows, First to my wife at the driver seat, and 2nd to me and my two daughters at the back, seems like carefully assessing how we look (pressummably whether to check if we are Asians where they are able, without fear, to charge us), and there it came where he finally made a sign language from the outside asking us to pull down our window signifying he want to say something, and there you go, AED160 dirhams for the parking (while other cars behind are honking for we are causing traffic due to payment).

Meanwhile, my sister, who parked with us nearby, and who left 2-3min earlier than us, wasn't charge anything (as per her).

Immediately after passing thru, we turn around to the entrance to ask any standing staff there. I asked him whether B2 (spot C12) was a valet parking, and he said it is not a valet but then sometimes,just like that hour, when there's a lot of people wanting to get inside and there weren't enough parking space, the management automatically, without any notice, charge the cars 20aed an hour - the staff said. So after learning this, I told him what I told above in this post that if it's really the case then why some white people are not being charge, he then told me that those cars probably paid in other kiosk, then I told him I don't think so as I clearly saw that those cars (Infront and behind us) didn't have any receipt or token to the parking guys and my sister wasn't charge as well.

And then the staff finally admitted - people are rushing to go out of the parking and are shouting at those indian guys operating the kiosk and boom barrier and they are unable to charge those shouting western people as they were afraid to.

Actually, charging a free parking space without notice is absolutely unfair but how much more if those who will be charged are selected? And some people will not be for the staffs in-charge are panicking with the those type of people shouting at them during that rush hour.

I hope someone from the management sees this complain post. Although I know this might not have any bearing unless it's not coming from an Asian like us.

Totally disappointing experience, the place is beautiful but the management. Planning not to return to that place.
Written 21 December 2023
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Adrian D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
After frequently visiting the Souk Madinat for the past 6 years, I was taken aback and frustrated to suddenly be charged 60 AED for parking on Monday night. This was surprising because we had arrived and parked after the supposed starting time for Free Parking of 3 hours, especially since I had spent a lot of money at the stalls and market there. Interestingly, a few weeks prior, I had parked at a similar time with no charge at all. It seems that my emails expressing my concern about this issue have been ignored or overlooked, as they were all returned. Consequently, we have decided to take our business/ family and friend. Elsewhere in the future, to establishments that uphold their Free 3 hour Parking policy. Dubai is brimming with beautiful other places. This experience has been greatly disappointing, and I strongly advise against visiting Souq Madinat Jumeirah. The parking queue took an exceptionally long time, and to add to the frustration, Sofia at the car park machine prevented us from leaving until we paid again. This has left a negative impression on my family and friends who were in the cars behind me. Very sad and disappointing and day ruined due to this.
Written 18 December 2023
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