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Dubai Spice Souk

The Creek
As featured in Best Food in Dubai and 1 other guide
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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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Interesting to see Old Dubai - beautiful smells!

It was interesting to see the old / other side of the opulent new Dubai... walking through the old streets, seeing older buildings - although you are hassled quite a bit to go... read more

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It was interesting to see the old / other side of the opulent new Dubai... walking through the old streets, seeing older buildings - although you are hassled quite a bit to go into the stores (which does get a bit tedious). The smells in the Spice Souk are fantastic. We took a boat trip to see the other attractions... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Agree with other reviews that you go here for a quick look just to say you've been. Don't like the way they try to force you into their shops, it feels threatening and not very hygienic. Glad I've seen it but would not go back

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The spice souk was a nice place to get spices, nuts, oils, saffron and loose teas, if that is what you are looking for. The prices are fairly reasonable and the products are of good quality. If up are after Saffron, have them put some in water to see that it changes to the correct color.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easily accessible on the red route City sightseeing bus tour. Small narrow lanes and busy but that adds to the experience but maybe not so good for young children or buggies. If you enjoy cooking you will not be able to resist buying

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Come here, so that at least you know you've been and not feel like you are missing out on something. Lots of shops selling the same herbs and spices in a not so hygienic condition. Most sellers are Indians and Pakistani, you'd think you are in their countries not in UAE! The constant touting is off-putting and at times, feel... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are not planning on shopping...good as a quick walk through. The hawkers are not overly aggressive either which was nice. Some nice pics...not much else. Similar markets/souks elsewhere in the world....didn't seem very different from those.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best places we liked in the whole trip. We liked the experience here. This is an Iranian spice market. You get to try, smell and touch a variety of spices, tea, local perfume and sweets here. Not only that you can find little little house hold items here but most of such shops are whole sale shops.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was at the spice market just two days ago, and consider it a complete waste of time. There are about 30 shops, all selling the same spices, so if you have seen one, you have seen them all. The sellers really try to cheat you whereever they can. They show you the spices, but refuse to tell you any... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dubai spice souk had a row of shops to visit. Spices, grains, bags, purses, clothes, watches, magnets,dates , art work of sand in little glass jars, green tea and many more things. My guide helped us with date buying. He said the best dates are the black ones as they have the most nutrition value n healthy. Interesting as I... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here twice, once in 2013 and once in March 2017. There is a wide range of fresh spices (saffron is a particularly good buy), teas (especially mint which we love), camel milk chocolates (try them - be bold), almonds and many other delights. You have to know the exchange rate and be prepared to haggle hard and... More 

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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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