There is a choice of several souks (spices, gold, textiles, etc), which are fortunately all located in Deira, the most lively district in the emirate. Forget your memories of Marrakesh and Istanbul, though, as the souks in Dubai have neither the maze-like charm of a bazaar or the wealth of their Turkish and Moroccan counterparts, let alone the old world charm of their architecture; they are confined to several covered walkways and rows of stalls. The most well-known, and without doubt the most impressive, is the Gold Souk. In the display cases, gold sets of jewellery, bracelets, necklaces and even clothing will catch your eye and arouse your desire. You'll be spoilt for choice if you decide you want to get a good deal, but don't spend too much time here if your schedule is already full. Next to the Gold Souk is the Spice Souk, which you will not find very memorable: it consists of several covered alleyways where you will find spices and other kinds of local and imported products. Ideal for finding a souvenir to take back home, these souks are a reminder of the city's commercial history and trade (Dubai has been known for its pearl industry since the 16th century) with foreign countries, particularly India. Whether you choose to go on foot to enjoy a walk along the Creek (check out the impressive wooden boats delivering and loading tonnes of goods) or take a water taxi to make the short but very enjoyable journey, both are easily accessible.
It's in the late afternoon or early evening that the souks are the busiest.© DUBOIS
As a luxury city, Dubai is renowned for its impressive Gold Souk.© DUBOIS
Dubai has many souks (gold, fish, spices, etc.) and everyone is sure to find something to their liking with such diversity.© DUBOIS
The souks are the perfect place to buy spices or a souvenir from the Middle East.© DUBOIS
Most of the souks are in Deira, but the textile specialists are to be found in Bur Dubai, on the other side of the creek.© DUBOIS