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Dubai Spice Souk

The Creek
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Address: Sikkat Al Khail Road | Al Ras, Dubai 75157, United Arab Emirates
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

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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After having visited the Old (Textile) Souk, together with my friends, I decided to pay a visit to the Spice Souk, located on the other side of the Dubai Creek. So we walked till... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After having visited the Old (Textile) Souk, together with my friends, I decided to pay a visit to the Spice Souk, located on the other side of the Dubai Creek. So we walked till the close-by "Bur Dubai Abra Station" and paying only 1UAE $ , we crossed the "Dubai Creek", on board of a traditional "abra" boat, and we... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been to many souks around the Arabic world and Dubai Spice Souk doesn't stand up to those in istanbul, Damaskus or Cairo. However, it's worth a visit as it gives you a reason to cross the Dubai Creek with one of the one-dinar-boats. Take the metro to Khalid Bin al Waleed station and walk the short distance to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the place if you want to see and experiance more local type of living and bargaining various products. There are spices naturally, but next there are also so called Gold Souk nearby. You will find also various clothes, headscarf and even shoes in the neighbourhood. Here you need to bid back and forth, to get the true price... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is best shopping area for dried fruits and dates it give best mix at cheapest rate. Only prob is need to bargain heavily.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was disappointed with how small this souk is and how few spices are available. Most spice sellers have dried lemons which they stop everyone passing to ask if they know what they are.....this is their in. We found most of the sellers friendly and not overly pushy as you would find in other countries. The spices were expensive though,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The stall sellers are very aggressive trying to get you to purchase items. It's a small covered souq going up one street about a block.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you fancy a change from large shopping malls and designer labels this is a great local experience. Spices, jewellery, perfumes and local nic nacs. Don't expect bargains though, these guys know tourists have money in Dubai.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Spice Souk on our recent trip to Dubai. It is a market with several kinds of goods. The most obvious goods for sale are spices. Many of the shops have spices and nuts for sale. The aroma and colors are attention grabbing. There are also tourist items for sale in the Spice Souk. They have t-shirts and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

spice souk, though not as large as the other souk is always interesting. Many of the products are coming from Iran across the golf. I bought a blend of pepper with black, white and red grains. I'm sure it will last for the years to come. If you don't find something in one shop they rush you themselves into the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have a love hate relationship with them. Hate the pushy sale persons but I love the spice market because she it overloads the 5 senses.

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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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