Spice Souq, Dubai
The Gold Souk, Perfume Souk and the Spice Souks are part of the Huge Old Dubai Souk in Deira Area and if you on a shopping tour or just doing a walking tour around the Area, then you can also visit the shops that sells assorted spices and other flavor enhances that are sourced from around the world. The souk is composed of narrow lanes and assorted shops that sells these aromatic and flavorful spices from around the world and you will see bags and bags of cardamoms, chili powders, assorted curry powders, turmeric, masala, basil, cinammon, cilantro, paprika, assorted spice mixes and a lot more! they also sell inscence, oils, perfumes and date fruits here. You can buy a lot of your favorite spices and spice mixes and they will gladly pack them in leak proofed bags that you can hand carry or put in your check in luggage.
opens: Daily 0700-1200 and 1700-1900; Fri 1700-1900.
according to wikipedia:
Dubai Spice Souk (Arabic: ÓæÞ ÇáÊæÇÈá$#*(ý) or the Old Souk is a traditional market (or souk) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Spice Souk is located in eastern Dubai, in Deira and is adjacent to the Dubai Gold Souk. The Spice Souk, situated on Sikkat Al Khail Road, is in the locality of Al Ras. The souk comprises several narrow lanes which are lined with open and closed-roof stores.
Stores in the Spice Souk sell a variety of fragrances and spices from frankincense and shisha to the many herbs used in Arabic and South Asian food. In addition, several textitles, incense, rugs and artefacts are also sold in the Spice Souk. A majority of the trading occurs through haggling. The quantity of trade as well as the number of stores trading spices in the Spice Souk have been significantly reduced in recent years due to the growth larger stores and supermarkets.
Heading to the gold souk, we didn't pay much attention to the spices souk in the way.
It is small, but it shows all the usual colours and smells, looking wider and calmer than the ones in north Africa.
EVERYDAY LIFE TO SEE THE TRADERS OF SPICES AND GOLD. THIS IS OLD SCHOOL, THE WAY LIFE IS IN DUBAI THAT USE TO BE. TAKE A FERRY ACROSS THE RIVER AND SEE THE MUSUEMS AND MOSQUE. ONLY PLACE TO FIND A TOILET IF YOU REALLY NEED ONE WAS IN THE MOSQUE, THANK ALLAH.
Although having lost some of its original authenticity, the Spice Souk is the most traditional among the souks in Dubai. Not only the buildings give you an impression to be in a story of 1001 nights. It’s all the good smells from the spices that contribute to this atmosphere. The Spice souk is widespread and you’ll also find many shops which have nothing to do with spices and perfumes as well as some cafés.
As with all souks, haggling and price-comparing is essential. Never take the first offer you get. As souks are one of the most traditional parts in arab cities, it is a part where you should pay a little more respect to local cultures than elsewhere. Women should cover legs and shoulders, if they do not want to attract unwanted attention.
You can smell Dubai's Spice Souk before you get to it as it's tucked away in a few streets near the creek in Deira. The narrow streets are lined with huge sacks that are brimming over with spices such as dried lemons, whole cinamon sticks, chilli, ginger root and cardamom, to name but a few. I bought some rosemary in one shop as I use it for cooking roast lamb and also a set that contained frankincense and mur which I've never seen before plus a little urn for heating them as they are both aromatic incenses.
Spice Souk is located in Baniyas Street. In front of Abra Station. It’s worth visit if you are happen in the area. You can find a lot of spices from Cardamom to hair oil. The aroma of the spices creates a nice atmosphere while you browse the souk. You can fin traditional Arabic spices to Indian and Iranian spices.
Spices souk is another interesting place in Dubai. It is located close to the Gold souk in Deira. Great variety of spices are available here. Local residents come here to buy spices. Many tourists especially come to spices souk for photography & some time to buy these spices.
Dubai is famous for its souks. So, don't miss out on spice souk where you can find numerous kinds of spices, many of which you have never seen before! Make sure you buy something to take home!