Soak up the Glory of Dubai Souks (Part-II)
Shopping is definitely one of the things you cannot miss out on your tour of Dubai. And the souks are just the right kind of places in the city where you can enjoy shopping around, and buy yourself a souvenir at bargained prices. Continuing from our previous post, we bring some more of Dubai’s fantastic souks for you to take a look at.
Located in the city’s old Deira district, the Naif Souk is one of the oldest souks and a popular market place. It once used to be a camel market which has now developed into a full fledged shopping zone.
This renovated souk awaits shoppers with more than a hundred air-conditioned shops, besides a lovely ambience. It is famous among both residents and tourists mainly for its souvenirs, watches, leather, jewellery, textiles, and handbags.
Another market place of interest with a lively atmosphere is the Karama Market. Somewhat different in appearance as compared to the other shopping centers, it is a warren of alleyways housing small indoor shops.
Having undergone a facelift recently, this is really a great area for gift shopping as there are plenty of shops selling souvenirs and tourist items, and that too at comparatively cheaper prices than the malls. With that said, you must be willing to haggle in order to get the best prices for your deals.
Souk Al Bahar
One of the few modern souks in the city, the Souk Al Bahar is an Arabesque entertainment, shopping and dining destination in Downtown Dubai. A vibrant market place, this is a perfect blend of the old and the new.
Encouraging the works of local craftsmen, the souk effectively brings back the magic of Middle East. It showcases the big pergolas, crisscross passages, and the calm spots overlooking the tallest structure of the world, the Burj Khalifa.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Presenting a bazaar-like atmosphere in its roundabout and zigzag paths, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a brightly colored and rich market. The bustling place hosts several restaurants, waterfront cafes, bars, boutique-style shops, and intimate galleries.
Diving into the lively trade and interactive culture of the souk would undoubtedly give you an overall unique shopping experience. While strolling around looking at the various brands and crafts, it is likely that you would be tempted by the tantalizing aroma of coffee coming from the many restaurants and cafes.
For a much better shopping experience, it is recommended that you visit the souks when the weather gets a little cooler. In fact, late afternoons are the best times to turn up at these market places when they get completely jam-packed. But evenings are not for those who are interested in leisure shopping.
So, if you want to experience the real culture and essence of Dubai, then a visit to the souks is what you are really looking for.