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. 

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Get ready for an amazing tour this July with Adam Bloom, Red Richardson and Michael Fabbri
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The Dubai Esports and Games Festival will come back for its third edition from 19 April to 5 May. Presented by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, the DEF 2024 edition aims to offer an extraordinary lineup of events.
The IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships is running now until 20 June and is free to attend
Dubai-ites get ready to party as the Winter Music Fest is all set to return for its second edition. After drawing an impressive crowd of over 12,000 fans last season, Winter Music Fest Season 2 is gearing up for a spectacular comeback in Dubai.
Make the weekend a fun one!
Amazing events around the UAE to have a brilliant time
Events to enjoy yourself this weekend!
Fun activities to try over the weekend
UNTOLD has come to an end, leaving a lasting impression on the global festival scene. With over 185,000 music fans from across the globe attending, including 45,000 on the final day, the festival transformed Expo City Dubai into a musical paradise.
Amazing festive markets to check out for all your winter needs!
The concert will be held at Coca-Cola Arena
The concert will be held on 14 January 2023
The concerts will be held at The Agenda, Media City
The August tour will feature Nick Guerra, Lisa Curry and Jack Jr
Dubai Parks and Resorts has announced an impressive New Year's Eve spectacle. Everyone, including UAE residents and visitors, is welcome to witness a spectacular laser show and enjoy family-friendly fireworks on Sunday, 31 December. 
The 90-minute show features 23 artists performing their signature dances
Dining, staycations and more for Mother's Day!
The festival will run from 15 December 2021 to 29 January 2022
Fun activities for the weekend
Things to check out this weekend!
Dave Crane is coming back to Dubai with his iconic 'The Dave Crane Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show' on board the iconic QE2, located in Port Rashid. Tickets start from Dhs 99.
Coffee lovers, mark your calendars for World of Coffee Dubai 2024, a major event in the coffee industry. Hosted by DXB Live, it's happening from 21 to 23 January 2024.
Exciting events happening this weekend!
Fun activities for the weekend
The singer will perform on 21 December at 8pm
The event will run from 9 to 13 March
His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council officially opens Dubai Sports World, which offers over 40 courts and pitches for multiple sports, that runs until 10 September
The artist will perform on 27 March
Amazing events to make this weekend one to remember
Dubai-ites brace yourselves, Tunes DXB is back by popular demand, offering an impressive line-up of live music during the Dubai Shopping Festival.
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.
Fun activities to curb boredom this weekend!
If you are in Dubai and are eager to maximise this festive break, Discover Dubai has put together the perfect guide for the ultimate long weekend experience.
Get ready for a great tour filled with loads of laughs!
Enjoy paddling around the lagoon with dolphins!
Prepare for an unforgettable musical journey as the legendary American R&B group Boyz II Men, comprising Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris, and Shawn Stockman, return to Dubai on 28 April.
More chefs announced to appear and 15 top restaurants confirmed.
The singer of 'Young, Dumb and Broke' is now scheduled to take the stage in Dubai on 2 March 2024, at the Coca-Cola Arena.
Create some great memories for New Year's
Amazing events to enjoy the weekend
Delight in amazing dishes this week!
The event is held from 7 to 17 July
The festival will run from 12 to 21 May around Dubai
The UAE stands out as one of the few countries with apps catering to nearly every need. Here are 15 apps you should download to ease your life as a UAE resident.
Things you can do for New Year's Eve.
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.
American comedian and podcaster Andrew Schulz will perform on 22 October at Etihad Arena, Yas Island
Enjoy watching movies and Ramadan markets this year
The Halloween celebration will run from 20 to 31 October
The show will begin from 18 June
Discover Dubai has listed some of the events happening around Dubai that will help you plan your weekend in the best way possible. 
The set will run from 5pm to midnight on 22 April
Amazing events to enjoy around the UAE this September
The event will be held on 24 November
Time to break out the fun shoes for this weekend!
Get into the festive spirit with live stand up comedy!
The weekend is around the corner, and with Dubai being the hub for everything fun, hip and happening, if you are looking to attend concerts, shows and events in the emirate, Discover Dubai is back with its ultimate weekend guide.
The festival will be held from 15 December to 29 January 2023
Pet parents, get ready to paw-rty with your furry babies, since the much-awaited dog-friendly 'Feastival' is making a comeback for its spring edition on 9 March.
The activities will be held daily from 4pm to 10pm
Winter has begun, and with the onset of winter, Dubai’s most loved open-air VOX cinema is back with a cool new look! Now called Vox Moonlight, it's on the rooftop of Galleria Mall on Al Wasl Road, where all the action is happening.
Journeys taken by taxis has grown to their highest level compared to previous years
Here's to an amazing weekend!
Central Cee and Jorja Smith will headline at the event
The packages are aimed at children of all ages.
Exciting events for a fun weekend!
First weekend of May, time for fun!
Discover Dubai has prepared the ultimate guide just for you. Dive in and discover the excitement!
Enjoy a funny show this month!
Watch Blue, Boyzlife and Five perform on 13 October at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
The day to night concert will be held on 11 February at Zero Gravity Dubai
Awesome events to enjoy in Dubai!
The concert will be held on 11 March 2023
The concert will be held as part of the Eid celebrations on 28 April at Coca-Cola Arena
Make this May a special one with Disney Concerts!
The concert will be held on 12 December
The show will run from 21 to 26 February 2023 at Dubai Opera
The show will be held on 3 October at Coca-Cola Arena
Great events to enjoy this weekend!
Your little ones will thank you.
Tine to kick of the three day weekend with some fun!
Brilliant events that are sure to make the month a fun one for all!
Mums can now enjoy the ultimate relaxation with or without the children at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
The event will be held on 14 October at City Walk
Indian actor and comedian Vir Das is set to perform in Dubai in 28 September at Dubai Opera
The tournament will be held from 8 to 16 December
The shows will be held from September until November
Discover Dubai has put together the best things to do guide to make sure you have an amazing weekend. Read on and add these events to your weekend plans.
Take a look at some of the different staycations you can try in Dubai and across the UAE.
Fun events to enjoy this weekend
Make this weekend a fun one with these amazing events
Movies buffs, Roxy Cinemas is back with another exciting experience. The cinema is set to enchant audiences with a 'Need for Speed' film festival running until Sunday, 28 January, at Dubai Hills Mall, City Walk, The Beach, Boxpark and Al Khawaneej.
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.
If you're gearing up for the weekend and looking for exciting activities, events, or concerts to attend in the Emirates, you're in luck. Discover Dubai has compiled the ultimate guide for you.
The dates for Dubai's iconic Madinat Jumeirah festive market are finally out. The market will make a comeback from 15 December to 7 January 2024. Located on Madinat Jumeirah Fort Island, the festive market will be spread across 1,750 sqm.
Get ready for unlimited fun!
Cinema Akil is hosting the global film festival, Il Cinema Ritrovato, for the first time in the Middle. The film festival will take place between 15 and 21 September and is in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute Abu Dhabi.
It is time for the long Eid holiday fun!
Let loose for the weekend!
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!
Make this weekend a fun one!
The performance will be held on 25 March at 9.30pm at the Jubilee Stage
Get ready for an amazing laughter show!
The festival will be held till 16 October
The exciting Cirque du Soleil experience will have 11 shows from 11 to 18 January 2023
Fun activities for the weekend
This year's edition will run from 1 to 6 February
Discover Dubai has created an ultimate guide for you. Here's lots of things you can do in Dubai over the upcoming weekend. 
The sale will now run a week later from 7 to 16 April
Dance the night away on 25 February from 9pm to 2am
Enjoy a great hub for all things gaming and comics in one place
The festival runs until May 2023
Enjoy endless fun throughout the summer at Dubai Summer Surprises
Dubai is hosting its inaugural Japan Culture Con, providing an authentic experience of Japanese culture in the heart of the emirate. Japan Culture Con will take place at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai from 10 to 12 November. 
Dubai-ites, get ready for a mega dose of fun because guess who's landing in January 2024? It's none other than the PAW Patrol squad!
Amazing activities to enjoy this weekend!
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
Fun things to check out this weekend!
Dubai-ites get ready to dance 'Gangnam Style' as the South Korean sensation and K-pop idol PSY is all set to perform in at the UNTOLD Dubai festival.
Worthwhile events to enjoy this weekend
The Laughter Factory is back for more laughs!
The Hong Kong Film Festival is returning for its second edition in the UAE, taking place at Cinema Akil, the only independent cinema in the country.
Amazing activities to do over the weekend!
Fun events to do in Dubai!
The festival will be held from 9 to 11 December
Get excited for festive fun!
The event will be held from 29 October to 27 November
The camping experience is available every Friday and Saturday from 2 June to 29 September
Time for some weekend excitement!
Time for some laughs with the Laughter Factory!
As December unfolds, winter and festive cheer have officially descended upon Dubai. To ensure you fully embrace this joyful holiday season, the Theatre of Digital Art in Souk Madinat Jumeirah is presenting Dubai's first-ever 5D show.
Comedian to make his Dubai debut in March.
Enjoy the weekend with a big bang!
Watch as stunning fireworks light up the sky
Season 28 of Global Village will run from 18 October 2023 to 28 April 2024
Use this weekend as a warm up to the long holidays
One of the biggest and most popular Sufi singers in Pakistan and globally, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, is set to perform in Dubai on Friday, 29 December 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest theme park destination in the Middle East, has exciting holiday experiences, including a new festive laser show, events, workshops, live shows, parades, and, of course, thrilling rides.
Cityland Mall, the world's first nature-inspired family-friendly shopping spot, has teamed up with Spacetoon, a top family content provider in the Arab region, to bring you the Cityland Dubai Toy Festival.
Delight in a great show with comedians, Paul McCaffrey, Joe Larson and Meghan Hanley
Spend this weekend having fun!
Art lovers, get ready to celebrate art in Dubai since the iconic Art Dubai is coming back for its 17th edition on 1 March. It will be held at Madinat Jumeirah and feature new commissions and premières by internationally recognised artists.
Get ready to turn those frowns upside down at the at The Selfdrive Laughter Factory August tour!!
Discover Dubai has curated the ultimate weekend guide, ensuring you experience the best of entertainment and excitement in the Emirates. 
Six comedians over 10 shows with two separate lineups
The long weekend is finally here!
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
Kylie previously performed at the resort's grand opening in 2008
The concert will be held on 20 November
The concert will be held on 4 February 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena
The concert will be held on 6 October at Coca-Cola Arena
Enjoy watching amazing street artists from 8 to 20 March
Make the most the amazing events happening around Dubai
The shows will be held on 6 and 7 May
Where to find free sweet treats and outings to celebrate birthdays
Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East's premier theme park destination, is gearing up to enchant families with a spectacular fireworks display at Riverland Dubai, beginning on 27 January, 2024.
Exciting events to be a part of this month!
Indian comedian, actor and television host Kapil Sharma will perform at Coca-Cola Arena on 24 September
The award winning comedian is appearing for one night only on 25 March
Fun events to check out this weekend!
Dubai is gearing up for a star-studded night as the American pop-rock sensation, OneRepublic, is set to grace the stage at Bla Bla in JBR on Thursday, 25 January.
Get ready for an exciting and eventful weekend!
Sit back and enjoy watching Esther Manito, Julian Deane, Tabarak and Imah perform
The event will be held on 20 May at Zero Gravity
Dubai-ites, brace yourselves; the emirate is all set to get its first-ever Dhai Dubai light art festival at Expo City Dubai. Yep, you read that right! The Dhai Dubai Light Art Festival will illuminate Al Wasl Plaza from 26 January to 4 February.
With a 6 day holiday you have time to enjoy a well-deserved break
The festival will run up to 30 January 2022
To honour the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment has introduced a variety of thrilling events, entertaining attractions, and retail specials happening throughout the city this week. 
The exhibition is open till 30 June
Love Trance? This Friday night, Grab your free tickets for InnerTrance
Brilliant events to make the weekend a memorable one
If you're seeking weekend fun in Dubai, and don't know what to do, worry not, Discover Dubai is back with the ultimate guide that'll help you make the most of the upcoming weekend. 
Top things to do in Deira, Garhoud and Al Muteena.
Known for hosting some of the most extravagant celebrations worldwide, and after following its successful 2023 edition, Elrow Dubai XXL is gearing up to dominate the Middle East once again in 2024.
The UNTOLD music festival has kicked off its Middle East debut at Expo City in Dubai, marking a historic moment for the city. Running for four days until 18 February, the first day witnessed over 40,000 music enthusiasts gathering at the venue.
Things to check out this weekend
Top things to do in Dubailand, Motor City, Sport City and Green Community
Get ready to rock and roll in Dubai as the Grammy Award-winning reggae and dancehall star Shaggy, joins forces with the legendary R&B group Blackstreet for a sensational concert at Coca-Cola Arena on 11 May 2024.
Circle 13 December on your calendars because Dubai Bling Season 2 is hitting the screens, and you absolutely don't want to let it pass you by!
The comedian will perform for one night only on 15 April at Coca-Cola Arena
The service will be included in the ticket
The Butterfly Carnival Music Festival will be held on 11 November at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Are you looking for something exciting to do in Dubai over the weekend? Look no further! Discover Dubai has got you covered with its ultimate guide to the best events in the city.
With new offerings, immersive experiences and attractions, Dubai knows how to keep its visitors and residents entertained. And now, to add more to the entertainment, Dubai gets one-of-a-kind live-action go-karting experience.
Delight in an amazing concert on 22 September at The Agenda, Dubai Media City, with two iconic boybands, A1 and 911
Make this weekend a really fun one!
The event will be held on 27 February
The festival will be held from 7 September to 2 October
The concert will be held on 27 November
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
Exciting events taking place around Dubai!
Sheyla Bonnick, a founding member of the iconic ‘70s band, is bringing the  ‘Boney M Experience’ to the UAE. The legendary artist will perform in Dubai on 6 October and Abu Dhabi on 7 October.
The one and only Busta Rhymes, the legendary American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, is set to take the stage as the headliner on Sunday, 10 December.
UAE's first-ever Carnvial-style festival, Butterfly Carnival Music Festival, is all set to take place in Dubai on 11 November 2023.
The show will be held on Saturday, 13 May at Movenpick JBR Dubai
The show will be held on 30 October
Watch comedians Andrew Ryan, Liam Withnail and Radu Isac perform!
Atlantis, The Palm will be hosting an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. And the event will be headlined by the global superstar Sting.
The event will be held on 20 April at Pure White at Dubai Harbour
With new offerings, immersive experiences and attractions, Dubai knows how to keep its visitors and residents entertained. And now, to add more to the entertainment, Dubai gets one-of-a-kind live-action go-karting experience.
Time for some weekend cheer!
Enjoy sales up to 90% off from 26 to 28 May
Here are some fun things you can do with your family.
Attention foodies! Get ready for a delectable weekend since the much-awaited Taste of Dubai food festival is back this weekend! From Friday, 23 February to Sunday, 25 February, indulge in a culinary extravaganza at Skydive Dubai.
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
The musical will run from 3 to 12 October at Dubai Opera
Marvel enthusiasts, brace yourselves for the ultimate experience! You are in for a treat with an extraordinary opportunity to dive into the Marvel Universe like never before
Get ready for 10 days of non-stop laughter
From laughter shows, concerts and more, there is something for all to enjoy!
The renowned American rapper and singer Denzel Curry will perform on 12 October at Bla Bla Dubai
Fans can enjoy meet-and-greet opportunities with the star!
UNTOLD Dubai, Dubai’s first mega music festival, is taking the excitement up another notch with the announcement of even more musicians, DJs, and singers to light up its incredible stages.
Exciting events to definitely check out this week!
Get ready for a magnificent display!
Go from Fri-boo to Fri-yay!
The five shows will be held from 5 to 7 May at the Coca-Cola Arena
AP Dhillon is all set to take over Dubai with his soulful voice and foot-tapping songs at the Coca-Cola Arena in February.
If you're looking for exciting activities this November, here's a list of must-attend concerts and events in the UAE.
Discover Dubai has your guide for the best things to do. Don't wait! Bookmark now and get ready for some weekend fun!
After a successful relaunch last year, Taste of Dubai is returning in February and will be held for the first time at Skydive Dubai.
The exhibition will be held till 30 October
If you are planning to make the most of your weekend in Dubai, Discover Dubai is here with its ultimate weekend guide. 
The LOADED live concert at The Irish Village in Al Garhoud will see performances from Dodgy, Toploader, Stereo MC and Fun Lovin' Criminals on 4 November
The festival runs from 12 to 22 May
Time to have fun for the weekend
American Afropop artist Davido is set to perform in Dubai on 2 September at Coca-Cola Arena, popular for the 2022 World Cup soundtrack 'Hayya Hayya'
Discover Dubai has put together the perfect guide for you. Keep reading and start making your weekend plans today!
The multisensory experience will be available to the public from 23 September
Make this month one full of beautiful memories!
Dubai is always lively, with lots to do. Whether it's events, activities, or concerts, something is happening all the time in the emirate. And if you're looking for fun things to do on the weekend, Discover Dubai has you covered with the best guide.
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