Gold Market (Souqs), Dubai
Souk is the arabic word for place where any kind of goods can be sold or exchanged. Dubai's most famous souk is it's Gold-souk, a huge market for jewelry and - you guessed it - Gold, which is sold by the pound in all sorts and colors at marked down prices.
Even if you are not in the market for buying jewelry, a stroll down the lanes of the gold souk, each shop window is crammed with gold necklaces, rings, bangles, ear rings and brooches is worthwhile.
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What to buy: The souks carry anything that can be made of gold, and if they don't have it - they'll make it for you!
What to pay: Gold prices here are among the lowest in the world.
It is the biggest gold market in UAE. It is located in Dubai. The main features of this market is:
1.You will have different choices from modern style to traditional styles.
2.There are different shops specialized in specific kind of gold like Indian gold, Italian and Arabic (best Arabic design come from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia).
3.Not only gold is available in this market but also silver, pearls and diamond.
4.Some shops also sell watches, but not in a wide range.
5. Most of the sales men are either Indian or Lebanese and they are very friendly
What to buy: Gold, silver, pearls and diamond
What to pay: Depends on the Market price for gold but also you have to BARGAIN.
The gold souk is more than 130 shops all jam-packed with a breathtaking choice of jewellery. The gold is generally 18 carat and sometimes 22 or 24, styles range from Indian to traditional Arab to modern Italian.
In my opinion tourism has spoiled the souk somewhat - all the shops used to be crammed with traditional gold jewellery, chains,bracelets, belts - a real Alladin's cave. But now more than half have changed to selling the type of small solitaire diamond rings you can find anywhere in Europe...except they're much cheaper here. The jewellers selling traditional gold have moved out to local shopping areas such as Satwa, where you can still find twenty or more side by side.
Even though for me the magic isn't there any more, it's still a place you really must visit.
What to buy: The choice is yours and depends on budget! My advice is not to buy in the first shop you stop at. If you find what you like there, bargain for the best price and tell them you'll come back. Make a note of the shop. Then check out other shops, where you'll probably find the same or similar, or even something you prefer. And you may even get a better price.
What to pay: Price is based on the day's gold price plus a making charge. The making charge varies, depending where the item was made - locally, India, Italy etc. European is the most expensive of course. Bargain on price, it's expected. Whatever you buy, it will be a lot cheaper than at home.
The gold souk can be overwhelming. I have found that if you find an out of the way place with few customers you can get good prices with a minimum of haggling. Miilion Jewelers is one of these shops. It is run by two Indians and they speak perfect English. They will send a runner for tea or coffee while you shop and have a restroom which is what many shops don't have. The selection is not huge but they have some tasteful items which most shops seem to have a hard time keeping in stock.
What to buy: First off, why are you there? For GOLD! Ask for Tony. He is a very polite guy and will explain everything from carat quality to pricing structure. He an I always find a compromise price. I have taken several people to see Tony and everyone has walked out completely statisfied.
What to pay: How much can you afford? You can spend as little as $10.00 and Thousands if you wnat to. I wind up spending 400 - 500 dollars each time buying earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.
Dubai souqus are open - air markets and there are many of them. it contains of lots of shops that sell traditional goods.
The most famous souque (it is a must to visit) is Gold Souqe where you will see a marvels collection of traditional gold along side with modern gold for famous designer and am sure you will not leave the souque without buying a chain of gold or even a ring.
Further more, you can visit the herbal and tradition market and it lies in the same area of the Gold Souque
What to buy: Hmmm ... lots of things in fact !
Traditional clothes for both men and women
Gold and Diamond
you can buy some herbal too and keep it as a souvenir ;)
What to pay: Well it depends in the thing you will buy from Gold
The Gold Souk in Deira by the creek is one of the largest retail gold markets in the world.
What to buy: Local souvenirs worth hunting for include Arabic coffee pots, silver and brass swords and khanjars (curved daggers), ancient rifles, shisha pipes, porcelain prayer beads, antique silver jewelry, brass trinkets, silver and wooden miniature dhows, Persian carpets and heavy, dark rosewood and walnut furniture.
I was a little disappointed with this , I expected much better deals but honestly it looked like the gold pieces we saw in China ..maybe that's where it comes from. Once I realized I wasn't buying I enjoyed window shopping .I saw an amazing gold elephant and a huge ring that was said to have made the guiness book of records. Some shops carried 22k (real yellow) gold but others had 18k
Basically find the area - the Gold souk and go collect loads of cards from different shops and prepare to barter.
It's all good natured and essential, you wouldn't believe some of the discounts we negotiated - up to 60% off in certain shops.
The jewellery looked fantastic and I bought my girlfriend a beautiful diamond for a fraction of what it would've cost at home.
What to buy: Here - Diamonds and Gold. Becuase it's a bit of a bizarre market atmosphere type place, you do get a bit of hassle from salespeople trying to take you down alleyways to their shops but as long as you're not pushed for time then go with the flow and enjoy looking around. I must have visited a dozern shops and bartered in each before deciding on what I wanted.
What to pay: Well, I won't put this down in case my girlfriend reads it and throws my very expensive diamond back at me - but a lot cheaper than in the Uk for definite!
In contrast to the european feeling of the big shopping malls there are also the traditional arabian souqs. Located in Deira you can visit the sprawling Golden Souq (your girlfriend would love this believe me!!), the Perfume, the Spice or the Old Souq. If you want something more alive and not touristy then a visit to Fish & Vegetable Souq.
On the other side of the Creek you can find the covered Textile Souq, which unfortunately was not in full operation when I visited
What to buy: Gold....(it's your girlfriend's best friend....like the song says)
There's hundreds of gold shop you can choose from. The best way to is to go at least five or six shop and bargain. The rule here is bargain! Bargaining can be lots of fun and see how they reduce the price sometimes 40% fro the initial price. The jewelry assistant will normally ask, "what is your price?".As a tourist normally 10% less but believe me, they already mark up the price more or less 45%. Be confident and walk out if they are not satisfying, there's a lot other shops that wants your money.
What to buy: Gold
What to pay: price differs from one shop to another, 22k gold cost around AED45 a gram.
So many shops, all selling gold. In fact Hundreds to choose from.
What to buy: Gold, gold, gold
What to pay: As much as you can afford
What to buy:
Gold and silver jewelry in the Gold Souq.
Spices such as safron in the Spice Souq.
Perfume in the Perfume Souq.
Fabrics and Persian Rugs.