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Tips for Shopping at Souks in Dubai

Tips for Shopping at Souks in Dubai

Dubai’s souks —traditional covered markets—offer a more atmospheric shopping experience than modern malls. Largely located in the old quarters of Deira and Bur Dubai, souks specialize in a single type of product such as textiles or gold. Here’s what to know before diving in. Compare, haggle, and pay cash. Always shop around and explore each souk thoroughly to compare the stall prices. Then, be ready to haggle—it’s expected. Start by offering 50 percent of the quoted price and work from there. Then, if you’re not happy with the final price, walk away—the vendor may call you back. Paying cash should help you push down prices, too. Shop at all the souks. Dubai’s main souks clustered near each other, making it easy to visit them all in one outing and compare prices. Start at Deira’s Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and Perfume Souk—all within steps of each other—before riding an abra boat across Dubai Creek to Bur Dubai’s Textile Souk. Know the day’s gold price. Gold at Deira’s Gold Souk is government-checked, so you can be sure it’s the real deal. Check the day’s fixed gold prices (as shown on the electronic stands), then haggle on the “making” charge: the additional fee that reflects the intricacy of each piece. Check customs rules for spices. The aromas and colors of Deira’s Spice Souk make it an unmissable experience. If you’re shopping for goodies here—think saffron, frankincense, nuts, or coffees—check your home country’s customs regulations beforehand and ask the vendor to seal and label whatever you buy. Visit in the mornings and evenings. Time your shopping for the mornings or evenings; souks are open 9am–10pm Saturday–Thursday (with a break between 1pm–4pm). On Fridays, most souks don’t open until 4pm. Cover up. Dubai’s souks are traditional spaces that reflect local customs, so wear clothes that cover your shoulders and legs. Book a guided tour. If you’re unsure about shopping or navigating the souks, book a tour for valuable pointers. A guided souk shopping tour will help you get your bearings, scope out what each souk sells, and give you useful haggling tips.

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Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore Dubai at your own pace on a double-decker, open-top Big Bus Dubai tour. Admire top Dubai attractions including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab, and Old Dubai, and hop on and off at any of the stops around the city to visit souks, malls, and museums as you please. Choose from a 1-day Classic, 2-day Premium, or a Deluxe 5-day unlimited attraction pass. Tickets include an array of extras like a Dubai Creek cruise, admission to Dubai Museum, shopping discounts and more.
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  • 2 hours
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$57.20
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$57.20
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Dubai City Half-Day City Tour

Dubai City Half-Day City Tour

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Discover the best of Dubai on a half-day Dubai sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Traveling by comfortable coach or minivan, take in Dubai’s top landmarks as you absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Snap photos of the Burj Al-Arab, the sail-shaped hotel on its own artificial island; learn about local history at the Dubai Museum, ride an ‘abra’ water taxi across Dubai Creek, and much more. Sign off with a visit to the Deira Spice Souk and free time to explore the brilliant Gold Souk.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$31.30
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Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour

Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour

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Discover the landmarks of Dubai old and new on a half-day guided city tour. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, get to know modern Dubai, seeing Dubai Marina, the Burj Al Arab, and meg-tall Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest tower. Plus, delve into historical Dubai with visits to Al Bastakiya, Dubai Museum, and the Gold and Spice Souks, plus an ‘abra’ water taxi ride on Dubai Creek. Hotel, port, and central pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 6 hours
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$39.00
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$39.00
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Private Dubai City Tour incl Burj Khalifa entry ticket

Private Dubai City Tour incl Burj Khalifa entry ticket

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Experience the best of Dubai as you wish on a private 4-hour city tour, including Burj Khalifa entry. Follow an itinerary recommended by your private guide or choose where you want to see. Enjoy photo stops at the Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab, stroll through the Gold Souk, ride an ‘abra’ boat across Dubai Creek or do as you wish — it’s up to you. Conclude at the Burj Khalifa’s 124th-floor observatory, with time free to admire the 360-degree views from the world’s tallest building.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.00
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$240.00
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Private Tour: Half Day Dubai Highlight City Tour

Private Tour: Half Day Dubai Highlight City Tour

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Sightseeing in Dubai can mean walking between landmarks or waiting for cabs in sweltering heat. This private half-day city tour by private air-conditioned vehicle means you arrive at highlights such as the Palm Jumeirah and Deira’s souks feeling coolly relaxed. Plus, you enjoy personalized insight from a guide and the crowd-free atmosphere of a private group. Return hotel transfers and a choice of departures are included, with entry fees excluded.
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  • 4 hours
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$85.90
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$85.90
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Private Dubai City Tour

Private Dubai City Tour

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Discover the old and new faces of Dubai on a 4-hour private tour, with air-conditioned transport. Accompanied by an informed private guide, hear fun facts about the city and its humble roots as a pearl trading and fishing port. Chart the emirate’s origins at Dubai Museum, wander through Deira’s Gold Souk and Spice Souk, and sail across Dubai Creek on a traditional ‘abra’ wooden water taxi. Contrast the old with the glitzy, contemporary side of Dubai, with photo stops at the Burj Al-Arab, the Atlantis The Palm and other sights.
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  • 4 hours
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Magical Dubai with Burj Khalifa and Aquarium

Magical Dubai with Burj Khalifa and Aquarium

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Discover Dubai, the fastest-growing city in the world, on this guided, full-day tour. Explore this fascinating city, with its impressive skyline and luxurious hotels. See the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, located next the one of the world's largest shopping malls. Visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo for an up-close look at sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. Visit the Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world and experience the Middle-Eastern style of Souk Madinat Jumeirah market. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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$135.00
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Dubai Shopping Tour

Dubai Shopping Tour

Dubai is world renowned as a ‘Shopper’s Paradise’. Our shopping tours shall take you to the good corners to get great experience of shopping. From traditional lively souks to the gigantic malls, enjoy an intriguing shopping experience in Dubai- where you will see the narrow streets lined up with jewellery, spices, trinkets and souvenirs. The emphasis is on high fashion, gold and jewellery, carpets and handicrafts and many more. Our tour will not take you to the MALLS that you can reach alone but rather to the good corners, the fake market where you can buy VUITTONS and CHANELS at great deals, the GOLD souk , the carpet souk , unique jewellery shops and to the spice souk.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$80.00
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