Travel back in time to the heart of old Dubai, where the bustling souks will treat your senses to rich sounds, sights and scents. Follow your nose to the Perfume Souk and indulge your desire for sought-after jewels and precious metals at the Gold Souk. Across the Dubai Creek, wander through the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai and dig through swaths of brightly coloured silks and embroidered fabrics.
For a more contemporary take on the Arabian market, Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Madinat Jumeirah and Souk Al Bahar overlooking the Dubai Fountain are great souvenir stops.
Souk Al Bahar
For a sophisticated and contemporary take on the traditional Arabian market, head to Souk Al Bahar (which means ‘market of the sailor’ in Arabic) in Downtown Dubai.
Wander through stone walkways filled with the scent of spices, then walk along the waterfront promenade overlooking the Burj Khalifa tower and Dubai Fountain. You’ll feel the exciting energy of a city that unites past, present, and future. Discover exquisite Arabian handicrafts such as jewelry, carpets, and textiles in over 100 shops. Afterwards take a seat at one of the 22 restaurants and cafes, many of which are al fresco.
If you’re at the nearby Dubai Mall, this souk is a must-visit as the two complexes are joined by a walkway.
For a modern take on a traditional souk, this popular Arabic market is sure to deliver. Part of the breathtaking Madinat Jumeirah resort, the souk offers endless alleys to stroll through. Take in the perfumed scents, the glowing lanterns, the fragrant spices, and the artisanal souvenirs —you’re sure to find the perfect items to take home with you!
The souk is particulary beautiful at night, and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafés are sure to provide the cuisine you’re looking for. There’s even a waterway that will transport you by abra to any one of the neighbouring hotels.
It’s all about the sights, sounds, and scents, and the souk is particularly impressive at night. Make sure to check out the diverse number of restaurants and cafes. There’s even a waterway that will transport you by abra from the souk to the neighbouring hotels, which are set in majestic gardens.