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Dubai Spice Souk
Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

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3,502 Reviews
Free admission
26 34 St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Basics

Located close to Dubai’s other main market—the Gold Souk—the Spice Souk is a whirl of scents and color. Visitors browse shops filled with bags of rainbow-hued spices and herbs, from saffron, cumin, and vanilla to Arabian scents such as frankincense and oudh (the latter made using fragrant agarwood). Other wares—rose petals, teas, dried fruits, nuts, incense, and candies—also feature here, as does a huge array of souvenirs, from tapestries and perfume bottles to frankincense burners.

Travelers can shop independently, but organized tours offer the bonus of a guide for insight into the products and pointers about haggling. Most tours stop here as a part of a wider Dubai sightseeing excursion that also includes other activities; for instance, crossing Dubai Creek byabra water taxi. Souk visits are also central to many tours that focus on old Dubai. Some private upscale options combine a visit to the souks with a seaplane flight.

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Private Tour: Dubai City Sightseeing Tour

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Private Tour: Dubai City Sightseeing Tour
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$115.00 per adult
excellent way to discover Dubai at first visit
The private tour with Sarah and driver Jamil was excellent. They discuss the tour at the start and adapt to your wishes. it's good to go for private so you can spend more or less time at places as you prefer. very good to do this in beginning of our stay. Sarah explained well Dubai history and Dubai city and gave many suggestions. thank you Sarah and Jamil!
Sonja_G, Dec 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

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great walking tour
Deborah_W, Mar 2020
Historic Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour
great walking tour - interesting to learn the history of Dubai and brings it right up to date with what its like to live in Dubai today. Informative and friendly
star-5
Great experience
Loredana_C, Feb 2020
Historic Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour
This was a great experience and definitely worth it. Our tour guide made excellent use out of the time we had, he was very kind and very informative.
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Best walking tour
deee872020, Jan 2020
Historic Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour
Great tour. Pri was an amazing tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Saw lots of hidden gems and she was very helpful in the souks getting us the best prices
star-5
Historic tour old Dubai and Souks
karenflys2019, Dec 2019
Historic Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour
Pri our guide was extremely knowledgeable having lived in Dubai for 12 years she was enthusiastic and friendly. The tour was well managed I felt I really learnt about the early years of Dubai. I was a solo traveller and I’ve booked again to take my family. Great value. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough.
star-5
Best couple of hours spent in Dubai
Trek05804466825, Dec 2019
Historic Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour
Dubai is such a futuristic city and I love that but it was wonderful to be guided through part of the old town and the souks with Ricky. His enthusiasm for Dubai is infectious and it was a delightful couple of hours. Highly recommend this tour for a first visit to Dubai.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Dubai Spice Souk is a must-visit for shoppers, foodies, and culture vultures.

  • Be prepared to barter—haggling is a way of life for the vendors.

  • If you’re buying spices to take home, check the relevant customs regulations and ask vendors to properly seal and label your goods.

  • Be ready for the heat: although the souk is shaded, there’s no air-conditioning apart from certain individual shops.

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How to Get There

The Dubai Spice Souk sits near the northern bank of Dubai Creek in Deira. It’s easily walkable from the nearby Al Ras metro station or from almost anywhere in the western end of old Dubai. Another option is to ride anabra water taxi from Bur Dubai on the creek’s southern side and hop out at the Deira Old Souk abra station—it’s just steps from the souk.

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When to Get There

The souk is open daily all year, although it’s closed every afternoon. Opening hours are 10am–10pm Saturdays to Thursdays (with closure from 1pm to 4pm) and 4pm–10pm on Fridays.

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From Saffron to Dates

Top products include saffron, dried lemons, and spice mixes such as zaatar, a blend of sesame seeds and dried herbs. Don’t miss the boxes of delicious chocolate-coated dates stuffed with almonds—they’re perfect take-home gifts.

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