shopping souks Enjoy Unique Shopping Experiences At Dubai Souks
Enjoy Unique Shopping Experiences At Dubai Souks
Updated on 06 September 2022

Dubai is known all around the world for being a hub for technology, innovation and development.

With iconic landmarks such as Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Frame and Palm Jumeriah, Dubai has developed massively over the past 50 years.

Shopping is all the rave in Dubai as people can opt for high-end to local brands and with a multitude of annual sales from Dubai Summer Surprises to the Dubai Shopping Festival taking place, tourists and residents alike have a wide variety of shopping experiences they can enjoy.

If you are looking for a place to go back in time and explore life as it was years ago, souks are a great destination for shopping.

Here are some amazing souks to enjoy a unique way of shopping, from buying souvenirs to clothes, there is something for everyone.

Gold Souk

Located in Deira, the Gold Souk is easily one of the best places to shop for gold and is well established in Dubai. With rows of shops, there are ample choices to get the items you are looking for. From 18 karat gold to 24 karat gold, all the shops at the souk sell authentic jewellery, as ensured by the Dubai government. The prices are set according to market value and are sold based on weight. While at the souk, also shop for silver, platinum, pearls, gemstones and more.

Perfume Souk

Perfume has become a staple in our daily life and the perfume souk definitely has it all. From sweet fragrances, musky scents to shopping for oud, the perfumes are sold in bigger bottles for daily wear to roller balls to carry in your bag, catering to each and every taste. A dream for perfume lovers, explore the world of smell located at Sikkat Al Kali. Choose from essential oils, traditional oud, incense sticks and more. Visitors can also create a custom perfume of their choice at the store.

Spice Souk

The Spice Souk is the best place to explore your taste buds and palette. Situated near the Gold Souk in Deira, delight in shopping from fresh products at the one-stop shop for herbs, rice, fruits, tea and more. The souk is a great place to shop for high-quality spices at reasonable prices as well as buy in bulk, and is a must-visit for chefs, tourists, home cooks and beginners. With a wide range of shops available, there are endless opportunities to get inspired to try new spices and dishes from the available choices.

Textile Souk

Located at the Creek in Bur Dubai, the Textile Souk is a brilliant place to visit to shop for a wide variety clothing pieces. From high-quality silk to cotton, shop from the wide variety of stores available. Feast your eyes on the bright colour options as well as handcrafted pieces including embroidery, lace and more. The souk also has places to turn the fabric into stunning clothing pieces.

Naif Souk

Naif Souk was once popularly known as the camel market and is currently one of the oldest souks in Dubai. The souk is now a popular hotspot for tourists and residents. Visitors can enjoy shopping for souvenirs, abayas, kaftas, leather and even electronics for reasonable prices from the multiple small stores available.

Souk Al Marfa

Souk Al Marfa is one of the largest souks found in Dubai and is a great place to get a variety of products for a wholesale price. Located on Dubai Creek, the souk has been created by Nakheel Malls and DP World and is home to over 960 stores where you can shop for bags, clothes, footwear, perfume and more and is a great way to show support to small businesses.

Souk Al Bahar

Souk Al Bahar, known as the sailor market, is a mix of both classic and contemporary. Located in Downtown Dubai, the souk is home to a multitude of shops, restaurants, cafes and lounges. Visitors can also enjoy a stunning view of the Burj Khalifa and the waterfront promenade. Shop from carpets, handicrafts, furniture, fashion, jewellery and more. 

Share this page!
COMMENTS
Once a camel market, this is one of Dubai's oldest souks. Today, tourists can buy anything ranging from leather goods to souvenirs, but it is best known as the place for getting abayas
It isn't half as stylish as most districts in Dubai, but Satwa is a fascinating area. Here you will find interesting souvenirs ranging from toy camels to models of Burj Khalifa.
The place to buy spices, incense burners and rose water.
It is one of the cheapest places in the world to buy gold.
Located in the heart of Bur Dubai, be warned: Meena Bazaar isn't the easiest of locations to get to, but it is your go-to place for a traditional shopping experience.
Gifts that are sure to make your Mum smile
City Centre Deira prides itself on its wide range of high-street brands.
It sits along the banks of the historic Dubai Creek.
Home to 90 show-stopping retail outlets dedicated to the gold and jewellery trade.
Get all your drinks at great prices at Centaurus International
City Centre Mirdif has more than 465 world-class stores.
It is the address for the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park.
Souk Madinat is a traditional Arabian souk.
Some delightful gifts to send to those that you can't visit over Eid
Enjoy endless shopping experiences at these great stores!
Essentials required for the start of the new academic year
BurJuman is one of Dubai's oldest malls located in the historic district.
This autumn, Emporio Armani presents a captivating jewellery collection of graphic statement pieces that display dynamic masculine style and edgy femininity
It boasts Renaissance-style architecture.
With Christmas right around the corner, here are a few suggestions to help find a great gift for the people you love.
The harsh summer heat combined with humidity increases skin problems, including oiliness, breakouts and the dreaded sunburn. But looking well-groomed
City Walk is an urban living concept.
Ibn Battuta Mall is the world's largest themed mall.
Human+Kind is the one-stop shop for body moisturisers. Get into your skincare groove with Human+Kind's 2-1 Body Lotion (Dhs 55), formulated with a
Wafi delights in its unique architecture and affordable luxury.
The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall.
Enjoy shopping from your favourite retails this DSF!
The perfect gifts to give this Eid
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Enjoy the Cantonese dim sum tradition at Shang Palace with the Master Yum Cha weekend lunch. Feast on steamed, baked and deep-fried dim sum, hand-pulled noodles, stir-fried vegetables

The festival will be held from 2 to 15 May

Whether you’re a seafood lover or meat connoisseur, prepare to have your culinary world turned upside-down at The Shangri-La Surf & Turf Brunch, every Friday. Enjoy an endless choice

Restaurant week will run from 11 August to 21 August

The recently launched INDIE DIFC gives you several reasons to visit the city’s buzzing financial hub. From its urban menu, to its rustic chic décor and friendly atmosphere

Enjoy delicious meals around Dubai

There is always time every week for brunch!

Avocado toast for your leading lady

FEATURED
The Dubai Fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, and is 275 metres long with five circles and two central arcs. Over
Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's most luxurious hotel
A 'must do' when in Dubai.
Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high - 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the record since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied
Take a magic carpet ride across rolling red sand dunes, with an amazing bird's eye view of the untouched desert below.
The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water, both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with common
HAPPENINGS
The digital show will transform the artworks of the 12-year-old artist, Karolina Sávolt
The event will be held from 16 to 18 December
Time to make the weekend interesting!
The festival runs from 12 to 22 May
The exhibition will be held till 30 October
Events to enjoy yourself this weekend!
The tournament will be held from 8 to 16 December
The show will be held on 3 September at the Coca Cola Arena
Top things to do in Dubailand, Motor City, Sport City and Green Community
Dining, staycations and more for Mother's Day!
The concerts will be held at The Agenda, Media City
The concert will be held at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium on 22 October
Time for some festive fun throughout December!
Enjoy amazing dining options and live music sessions and performances!
No plans? We've got you covered!
Time to get up to some fun this new year!
Take a look at some of the different staycations you can try in Dubai and across the UAE.
The show is divided into three sections highlighting the work of each artist
From laughter shows, concerts and more, there is something for all to enjoy!
Events to check out in Dubai this weekend
Take a break this weekend
A sachet of lettuce seeds are included with each Happy Meal
More chefs announced to appear and 15 top restaurants confirmed.
Enjoy a spectacular show this National Day
Now that Iris Dubai will be moving back to its Meydan location tonight, 5 October, we can tell you for sure that you wouldn’t be running out of things to do anytime soon.
Exciting events to try out
The event will be held from 18 to 20 March
This year's edition will run from 1 to 6 February
The festival will run up to 30 January 2022
The hub will run from 1 April to 21 September
The event will be held on 4 November
Fans can enjoy meet-and-greet opportunities with the star!
Amazing festive markets to check out for all your winter needs!
Mums can now enjoy the ultimate relaxation with or without the children at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
The three day festival for all things music, fashion, visual arts and sports
The triathlon will be held on 2 October
The concert will be held on 19 February on the Main Stage
The festival runs until May 2023
Go from Fri-boo to Fri-yay!
Great events to enjoy this weekend!
The event will be held from 10 to 13 November
The musical will run from 3 to 12 October at Dubai Opera
The exhibition is open till 30 June
The show will feature 16 members performing two 25 minute long sets on 18 February
Unmissable events in Dubai!
The festival will be held on 9 and 10 September
The venue will be open from 8am to 1am during Ramadan
The race will be held on 16 July and 20 August and offers a 2.5km and 5km course
Cricket fans in Dubai have a lot to look forward to now that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has kicked off in the UAE. So, if you were still wondering where to catch the big matches in Dubai, we’ve found you just the right spots
The festival will be held from 12 to 22 May
Exciting events for a fun weekend!
The service will be included in the ticket
The concert will be held on 20 November
Exciting events to definitely check out this week!
Fun events to do in Dubai!
The show will begin from 18 June
Say goodbye to 2021 having fun with friends and family!
Watch comedians Andrew Ryan, Liam Withnail and Radu Isac perform!
Time for some weekend cheer!
Your little ones will thank you.
Dubai’s longest-running comedy night has announced a new lineup for October with three international acts taking the stage at different venues across the city. 
Get ready for a tour filled with laughs
Time for some fun events this weekend!
Enjoy a great hub for all things gaming and comics in one place
The event will run from 27 to 29 May
The Laughter Factory May lineup is sure to fill you with laughs
Eventful things happening over the next seven days
The exhibition will run till 30 November
The new season will offer new attractions, shows, shopping offers and food concepts
The shows will be held on 6 and 7 May
Exciting events happening this weekend!
Delight in a great show with comedians, Paul McCaffrey, Joe Larson and Meghan Hanley
The singer will perform on 8 October at the Coca Cola Arena
The event will be held on 24 November
Get excited for festive fun!
Make this weekend a great one!
Fun activities for the weekend
Spend the weekend the right way!
The award-winning actor and comedian will be performing at Dubai Opera on Saturday, 7 November from 8pm onwards, and early bird tickets are available until Monday, 12 October.
Exciting events to check out this weekend!
Make the most of the weekend!
Events to check out this month!
Make this festive season a special one with Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection
The market will open to the public from 13 October
Special shows will be held at Dubai Festival City at 7.30pm and 8.30pm with the Russian flag on display at 9.30pm
The event will be held from 29 October to 27 November
Kylie previously performed at the resort's grand opening in 2008
Exciting events to check out
With a 6 day holiday you have time to enjoy a well-deserved break
The concert will be held on 11 March 2023
Delight in laughs with Angelo Tsarouchas, Kate Barron and Stephen Carlin!
The festival will be held from 7 September to 2 October
Comedian to make his Dubai debut in March.
The first week of February fun!
The festival will be held from 9 to 11 December
Get ready for three amazing days of deliciousness and entertainment!
The season will run till 4 September
Get a chance to win free tickets on purchase of the 330ml Coca Cola special edition cans
The festival will run from 15 December 2021 to 29 January 2022
Three shows will run over 2 days on 10 and 11 June
The concert will be held on 27 November
The multisensory experience will be available to the public from 23 September
The Coldplay concert will be held on 4 February, with the Queen showcase held on 3 and 4 March
Fun things to do this week.
The run will be held on 19 March from 7.30am
Some last weekend of the month fun!
Enjoy the weekend with a big bang!
The event will run from 9 to 13 March
Spend this weekend having fun!
The concert will be held at Coca-Cola Arena
Things to do this weekend when bored!
It is time for the long Eid holiday fun!
Here are some things you can do this weekend!
The musical show will be run from 13 to 15 May
The band will perform on 2 October
Let loose for the weekend!
From foot juggling, hand balancing and aerial acts, the show has it all!
The festival will be held till 16 October
The show will feature live entertainment, aerialists and special effects and lighting
Time for endless weekend fun!
The concert will be held on 14 January 2023
The song will be played from 25 to 27 March at 8pm
Things you can do for New Year's Eve.
Great events for the weekend
The exhibition is on from 11 to 15 May
Top things to do in Downtown Dubai, DIFC, Business Bay, Al Meydan and Dubai Design District
Time for a break and some fun this weekend
The show will run from 21 to 26 February 2023 at Dubai Opera
Amazing activities to do over the weekend!
The lineup will feature Michael Gelbart, Emmanuel Sonubi and Dana Alexander
The final run will be held on 26 March
Things to check out this weekend!
The exciting Cirque du Soleil experience will have 11 shows from 11 to 18 January 2023
Enjoy an active break with these fun things for kids to do this summer.
The 28th edition will run from 15 December to 29 January 2023
Time to get ready for some weekend fun!
Fun activities to try over the weekend
Get ready for unlimited fun!
Watch amazing fountain shows with the stunning Dubai skyline
Get ready to turn those frowns upside down at the at The Selfdrive Laughter Factory August tour!!
Things to check out this weekend
Fun things to check out this weekend!
The August tour will feature Nick Guerra, Lisa Curry and Jack Jr
The one night only concert will be held on 28 April at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Let the weekend fun begin!
The show will be held on 9 October
Create some great memories for New Year's
Top things to do in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Emirates Living, Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Celebrate Eid with loads of fun and activities in Dubai
A round up of some exciting things to do over the next 7 days starting from this weekend!
Here's to an amazing weekend!
The long weekend is finally here!
The ice show will be held on 6 and 7 January 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena
From thrill seekers to theatre lovers, there is something for everyone this weekend!
Fun activities for the last week of the month!
The activities will be held daily from 4pm to 10pm
Central Cee and Jorja Smith will headline at the event
The artist will perform on 3 December
Get ready for the weekend!
The artist will perform on 27 March
The show will be held on 30 October
The Halloween celebration will run from 20 to 31 October
The concert will be held on 4 February 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena
Get ready for an exciting and eventful weekend!
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
Are you missing travelling and exploring new places? Even with us being confined to our homes, you can still keep discovering new places through complimentary virtual tours arranged by digital platform Google Arts and Culture.
As we observe the International Day of Sign Languages today, we’ve rounded up a few places in the UAE that teach sign language, so you can learn a new skill while opening yourself up to a whole new world.
And you won't be disappointed.
Time to have fun for the weekend
The Christmas show at Festival Bay is held daily till 28 December at 7.30pm
Dubai stands in line with cities like Paris, Milan, London and New York, so you can never be bored of this city. There are a million of things to see, try, and taste!
The annual summer shopping event will run from 1 July to 4 September
Do you love food and more food? Then this is for you. Etisalat Beach Canteen, part of Dubai Food Festival, is back for daily from 8pm onwards until 14 March. The food carnival is on Jumeriah Beach
Weekends are always great for some fun!
Last weekend of the month fun
The sale will run from 25 to 27 November
Get into the festive spirit with live stand up comedy!
A comedy show without getting off the sofa
Get ready for a magnificent display!
The event is held from 7 to 17 July
Watch performances from the boyband BTS and experience Parasite live
The Laughter Factory is back for more laughs!
The festival will run in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood from 15 to 24 March
Enjoy the matches while the kids stay entertained!
Fun activities for the weekend
Top things to do in Deira, Garhoud and Al Muteena.
The concert will be held on 30 July at The Agenda in Media City
Exciting events to enjoy this week!
Fun activities for the weekend!
The festival will be held from 15 December to 29 January 2023
The silver anniversary June tour has an amazing line up
The singer will perform on 21 December at 8pm
Delight in up to 50% to 80% off discounts on books for 10 days
Enjoy a funny show this month!
Michelin-starred restaurants to feature at the return of one of Dubai's favourite events
Fun events to enjoy this weekend
Use this weekend as a warm up to the long holidays
Love Trance? This Friday night, Grab your free tickets for InnerTrance
Time for some weekend excitement!
The concert will be held on 30 September
Get ready for 10 days of non-stop laughter
The concert will be held for two nights on 30 September and 1 October at Queen Elizabeth II Theatre
The concert will be held at the Coca Cola Arena on 28 October
Make the most of the amazing National Day weekend
The season will shine a light on the amazing creators from writers to artists
Fun events to check out this weekend!
Time to break out the fun shoes for this weekend!
Get ready for a show full of laughter!
The festive season will be celebrated till 2 January 2022
Enjoy live performances, dining, music and more
The concert will be held on 12 December
The shows will be held from September until November
The show will be held on 26 December at Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Get ready for an amazing laughter show!
The 10-hour festival will be held on 20 August
The championships will be held from 18 to 28 October
Another week, some more activities
Things to check out this weekend
Fun events to enjoy this weekend!
The Noise Next Door comedy troupe is coming to Dubai on the 28 and 29 January.
The event will be held on 14 October at City Walk
Activities to check out this weekend
The festival will run from 16 to 22 March
Time to kick back and enjoy the weekend
Top things to do in Sheikh Zayed Road, 2nd of December Street and Al Satwa
The concert will be held on 4 March at Bla Bla Dubai
Top things to do in Jumeirah 1,2,3, Beach Road, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh, Palm Jumeirah
Top things to do in Al Barsha, Barsha Heights and Al Quoz
The concert will be held at the Coca Cola Arena on 26 August
Enjoy watching movies and Ramadan markets this year
Get ready for a great tour filled with loads of laughs!
The performance will be held on 25 March at 9.30pm at the Jubilee Stage
Exciting events to check out this weekend
Get ready to make the most of the new month!
The event will be held on 27 February
Time for some laughs with the Laughter Factory!
The event will be held from 8 to 13 March
Fun activities for the weekend
Time for some weekend fun
Six comedians over 10 shows with two separate lineups
Make the most of the football tournament in the best way possible at Fanzone by McGettigan's!!
The concert will be held on 23 December at Sheikh Rashid Hall at Dubai World Trade Centre
Fun events for the weekend!
Fun things to do this weekend.
The event will be held at Times Square Center
Ten full weeks of Dubai Summer Surprises starts from 1 July running until 4 September
Fill your weekend with all the activities and enjoyment!
Get ready for a fun event-filled weekend!
Time for some fun activities over the weekend
Tine to kick of the three day weekend with some fun!
Make the most of the festive season with family and friends!
The concert will be held on 17 October
Make your Dad feel his absolute best and show him how much you love and appreciate him!
The event will be held on 20 May at Zero Gravity
The three-day exhibition will be held from 28 to 30 October
First weekend of May, time for fun!
The concert will be held on 18 March 2023
If you are expecting a quiet month with not much else to do other than some me-time, then think again. The calendar this month is packed full of things for everyone to do. There are things for everyone from music lovers, fitness fans, foodies, art.
The packages are aimed at children of all ages.
Here are some fun things you can do with your family.
Tiësto, Ne-Yo, Armin van Buuren and more are set to perform!
Check out these iconic events happening this month in the UAE!
INSTAGRAM
FOLLOW
Discover Dubai
Stay Connected - Drop us your email.