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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Souks (Markets)

Souq (Arabic: سوق, also sooq, souk, or suq; technical transliteration sūq; in Hebrew: שוק shuq). The souks, or traditional markets, are one of Dubai's greatest attractions. They are located on both sides of the creek, with the most impressive on the Deira side. Wandering around the atmospheric souks is a good way for visitors to get in touch with how life was in Dubai, before oil was discovered.

Old Souk / Spice Souk
(taken early morning so shops were still closed)

Textile Souk

Gold Souk

This is what many people around the world primarily recognize Dubai for -The City of Gold. As people race straight from the airport to the Gold Souq, they are not disappointed (don't take your sunglasses off, the greeting glare is bound to be eye damaging!). Streets of shops are aligned with sparking windows and the choices are impressive, as are the prices. The downside could only be the difficulty in deciding - where to start and which shop to buy from. Besides gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opals and amethysts line the windows in decorative display, and pearls are extremely cheap compared to western prices.

Other Souks in Dubai are Fish/Meat/Vegetable Souks.

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  1. How marvelously exotic to see these markets. Gorgeous!

  2. I'm more attracted with the spice shops as I'm very much fascinated with them than the gold,hahahah...I love how the shops line so neatly, unlike here PI, some would be displaced. :)

  3. Thank you for this nice post! I would like to visit Dubai one day :-)

  4. There was simply too much gold for me to fathom in that window.

  5. Spectacular images of the markets, but I gotta ask -- when are they ever this empty?? I don't think you had a single person in any of the photos, which I'd find remarkable in a city the size of Dubai.

    Regardless, the photos are wonderful! Great post!

  6. the gold looks really good. i would also like to see the fabric souq; i could only guess the variety of fabrics they carry.

  7. wow! look at those gold,what a real treasure!!!

  8. Beautiful pic of lovely rich country.

  9. Great shots and an interesting look into your world.

  10. Haven't seen Dubaï from this point of view. You learnt me something here.
    These pictures of the souk aren't the first idea that come to mind when we think about your city.

  11. @ Everyone: Thanks for the visit and the kind words.

    @ Mojo: Took the first photo very early in the morning - around 6am, while the shops are still closed. In second photo, it just so happened there were no passers by when I took the shot. But normally, these souks are jampacked with people,especially during evenings - lots of tourists and locals alike flock at these souks. Thanks for the visit and comment.

  12. Great shots. Thanks for sharing.

  13. That last photo is just amazing. Wow!

  14. While I'd love to see the gold and jewels, I'd be more interested in the textile souq. I love the fabrics from Africa and the Middle East. We don't have such beautiful, rich textiles here in the middle of America. Maybe if we went to New York, but Dubai would definitely be much more interesting!

  15. Hello,
    Would you be able to tell me if there is a flower/plant souk in dubai?

  16. nice shots! I like the first one particularly. The play of lights is interesting!


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