A colourful and vibrant market, the Madinat Jumeirah souk is the most beautiful shopping mall in Dubai. Despite its name and its architecture (interior and exterior) that recalls the ancient Arab cities, it is not a traditional souk. Winding paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere where open-fronted shops and intimate galleries beckon and the sounds and smells of the marketplace combine to taunt the senses. At the end of the central alley, you will find the Madinat Jumeirah canals, the Middle Eastern Venice, a luxury hotel complex that you can sail through on the abras, the boat-taxis of the Gulf.
Smoking of shisha is one of the locals' favourite pastimes and is offered at most restaurants after a meal.© Philip H Coblentz / age fotostock
Tourists often visit the city for a long weekend and they fill their time with shopping.© Sajid Shafique / age fotostock
Dubai has several souks. The most popular are the textile, gold and spice souks close to the Creek.© Fotosearch / Age Fotostock
Al Madinat is a hotel complex by Jumeirah, where there is a small souk.© Fotosearch / Age Fotostock
Al Madinat is also very popular for a meal as there are over 40 restaurants to choose from.© RFcompany / age fotostock