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Traditional souk shopping in Dubai

How to bargain like a Dubai local
A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without experiencing souk shopping. Whether you’re on the hunt for spices, traditional clothing, perfumes or gold, it can all be found in the city’s famous souks. But which ones are worth visiting and what’s the etiquette with bargaining? We round up the top five souks in Deira to explore and share tips for getting the souvenir you want, at a bargain price. Just remember: friendly bargaining is expected in Dubai, so don’t be shy about a little back-and-forth when negotiating prices.
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Always bring cash

Spice Souk

Always bring cash

Spice Souk

Where currency is king

For a traditional Arab-style marketplace experience, look no further than the Spice Souk. Located in Deira, you’ll be transported back in time as you wander through narrow alleyways and breathe in rich aromas of rose petals, saffron and frankincense. It’s the ideal spot to pick up a few unique souvenirs, as well as take some memorable photographs of the towering mounds of herbs, spices and incense. To score the best bargains, feel free to haggle over prices and make sure you offer to pay in cash.
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   Baniyas Street, Al Ras, Deira

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2

Disguise your interest

Deira Covered Souk

Disguise your interest

Deira Covered Souk

Get ready for bargains galore

When you go to the Deira Covered Souk, you’ll find yourself strolling through a maze of alleyways packed with shops offering toys, household goods and intricate silk pashminas. The name is misleading, as the marketplace isn’t really covered at all. Running south from Sikkat Al Khail Road to the Creek, it’s an interesting and bustling walk that criss-crosses several square blocks. When trying to bargain at this souk, remember to not show excess interest in a product. If the shopkeeper can tell you’re eager to buy, they will be less likely to offer you a better deal.
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   Al Ras, Deira
3

Halve the price

Naif Souk

Halve the price

Naif Souk

Grab yourself a bargain abaya

Looking for a traditional abaya at a reasonable price? Head straight to the Naif Souk, one of Dubai’s oldest souks and a former camel market. You’ll find more than 100 shops and stalls brimming with clothes, textiles, electronics, perfumes and leather goods. Ensure you set aside ample time to explore this authentic part of town while you pick up some deals. While there, make sure you bargain hard. Take whatever price they offer and halve it, and you might just walk away a happy customer.
Contact Details
    Deira Street, Naif area, near Naif Police Station
4

Shop in store only

Gold Souk

Shop in store only

Gold Souk

Avoid street vendors

Souk shopping in Dubai isn’t complete without a visit to one of the most famous souks – the Gold Souk. Enter this labyrinth of gold, silver and precious gemstones and find a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. Buy a ready-to-wear necklace or customise your own statement piece. Always purchase your souvenirs from stores and not street vendors: the stores have strict government regulations to ensure items are correctly described. Also, don’t forget to shop around and bargain on price.
Contact Details
    54 Al Khor Street, Deira

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5

Play it cool

Perfume Souk

Play it cool

Perfume Souk

Pick a new signature scent

Located near the Gold Souk, the Perfume Souk is a unique Dubai shopping experience that you shouldn’t miss. Discover your new signature scent, whether you’re looking for a traditional Arabic oud or a floral western fragrance. Shop around among the vendors, as savvy shoppers with the ability to play it cool and walk away from a store will find that they’ll get a better price. You may even get a complimentary treat to seal the deal, like a few sticks of incense or a sample of rose perfume.
Contact Details
   Sikkat Al Khail Road, Deira