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The Gold Souk is awesome. There is so much bling that it is hard to comprehend. My wife thought that the gold was a little too yellow for British taste. The other thing that seemed to be lacking were subtle designs. We were put off a little by the salesmen in the gold shops being too persistent and trying to sell anything. That is not how we buy. Thay wanted us to barter for items we were not interested in. We laughed it off at the time but it stopped us finding out more and perhaps buying something.
The Gold Souq
One of the most amazing sites in Dubai and definitely worth a visit.
You will know you are there because you will see lots of, well... GOLD!
Cross the carved gates that provide entrance to the souq and prepare yourself to be amazed! There is gold everywhere but most of it is Indian designs so, not very covetable for us, Westerners.
The reason is because there are lots of Indian population in Dubai and the tradition is to wear loads of gold and jewels at weddings, but only new gold. Not antique or inherited or in any case, old.
So, there is a constant recycling of old gold into new pieces and designs and the gold travels too ! it comes from South Africa, it gets melt and sent to Italy or Turkey to be refined and it travels again to India to be crafted and it comes back to Dubai to be sold.
The prices are the international price in the Gold market, so it changes everyday.
There is room for bargaining so never accept a given price. Bargain to death !!
Even if you don't buy, it is a fantastic sight, really.
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Arabs are crazy about jewelry... No wonder when Dubai is THE place to be when it comes to gold. Not only the gold is comparatively cheap but you can easily find very nicely designed pieces. You can easily find jewelry shops in every mall (and there are thousands of them to choose from) but the best experience you'll get from GOLD SOUK - it is the whole street packed with shop windows like this on the photo. Go there and knock yourself out!
And, of course, they do not know of anything less than 18 karats. So, please, make happy someone you love by giving something nice and shiny :)
The gold souk is in essence a long covered gallery with dozens of shops on either side. Even if you are not in the market for gold jewelry, you should walk through. By the time you reemerge into the bright sunlight at the other end, you will feel as if you are covered in gold dust and glow like the shining disc overhead.
If you would like to invest in Dubai's economy through the purchase of some of the yellow metal, keep in mind the pricing system. There is a base price for the weight of the gold, so the first thing the jeweler will do when you express an interest in a piece is to weigh it. Depending on the complexity of the work involved in creating the piece, the per-gram price will increase. Therefore, a simple piece will cost less that an elaborate one of the same weight. It is this difference between the base price of the gold itself and the increased price for the work invloved which you can try to bargain to reduce.
Shopping in the Gold Souk
I was pretty amazed when I walked through the Gold Souk. There are so many shops selling gold and the rings, necklaces and bracelets shine from the reflection of the light in the display windows. There are of course no prices on the different items so you have to ask to get a price estimate. The price is based on the weight of the item and also the complexity of the work. And the price is just a starting point because if you bargain the price will go down. The prices seem to be pretty good at least compared to what I’m used to here. And most of the items in Dubai are in 18 carat gold that means that it is better quality than in Norway (where most items are in 14 carat gold). The shop Hemendra Jewellers where we bought some of our gold had friendly salesmen but this was not the case for all the shops. Some of the shops we were in were not really interested in our demands they just wanted to sell something to us. I had a picture of a necklace that I was buying for a friend of some of the shops presented totally different necklaces and said “same, same”.
Visiting the Gold Souke was rather interesting. If you are interested in buying jewellery then this is definately the place to go.
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