Top 3 Dubai Souks You Can’t Afford To Miss On Your Tour
When it comes to travel destinations, Dubai has always been a popular choice for many travellers, especially with the Dubai holiday packages. Although best known for its state of the art facilities and amenities, it still retains a strong bond with its cultural roots. One of the best ways to explore the cultural roots of this city, is by visiting the different Dubai souks spread across the city..
Dubai Souk’s are traditional open-air marketplaces or commercial quarters wherein vendors sell their wares. As compared to the convenient and squeaky clean shopping malls, souk’s often provide a perfect blend of cacophony, colour and chaos that makes them appealing to visitors. Although plenty of these souk’s have undergone considerable development, they still retain their heritage character. If you travelling to this destination on the Dubai tour packages, here are a few popular souk’s one must visit today:
#1 Deira Spice Souk, Dubai
Step into the lanes of this souq and you will be greeted by the sound of strong Arabic chatter as vendors run around unloading huge burlaps sacks. Take a moment to sniff the air and you will be greeted with the delightful blend of cardamom, saffron and other aromatic herbs. If the aroma of these blend of spices doesn’t delight you, the colourful sight of these spices bursting out of the burlap sacks, displayed out in the open should appeal to your charming side. You may be lucky enough to spot dried fruit, nuts, incense burners, henna kits and the sheesha pipes stored alongside these sacks. Tiny shops located away from the tourist oriented thoroughfare sell groceries, plastics and other household goods to locals and sailors from the dhows.
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#2 Souk Al Bahar, Dubai
Souk Al Bahar roughly translates to “market of the sailor”. Designed in the contemporary Arabic style, this attractive mall sports a contemporary Arabic style, which is the answer to the Madinat Jumeirah. This souk features a natural stone walkway with high arches and front row seats that overlook the Dubai fountain. This makes for a pleasant sight, especially when it can be viewed from several restaurants and bars located within the vicinity.
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#3 Gold Souk, Dubai
This is one location, you must add to your Dubai tour packages. In the Diera Gold souq, all that glitters is definitely not always gold. Take a walk here and you will be greeted with stores that are flowing with every kind of jewellery that you can imagine. Even if you do not want to indulge in any sort of shopping here, it is truly a treat just to sit back and watch the workings in this market. Grab a seat with a good view, sit back and relax as heavy carts of goods pass by or women in colourful kaftans flock by on a hurried shopping spree. The best time to visit this Gold souk, is in the evening, especially during the weekends.
Apart from these choices, there are plenty of other Dubai souk’s you can visit on your Dubai holiday packages. But be sure when you visit here, that you carry only cash on you as cards are not accepted.
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