Old Souk
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Nestled in Bur Dubai, this traditional market exudes old-world charm. Navigate the alleys and find stores and traders selling raw silk, wool, cashmere, perfumes, spices, and dry fruits—you'll find it hard to leave empty-handed. Just remember to barter for a good deal! It's also great for unique souvenirs including abayas (full-length women's robes), thawbs (Arabic robes), silk scarves, and even tailored garments. The best way to get there is by metro or you can take the scenic route on an inexpensive abra (boat) from Deira. The souk is also a stop along many old city tours of Dubai. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Deira
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  • Al Ras • 5 min walk
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  • Ronel E
    Durban, South Africa58 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a relaxing pleasant experience
    I visited the Spice Souk and Gold Souk on 11 May 2023 during my 4th visit to Dubai. What should have been a nice relaxing stroll through the Spice Souk to look at all the things on display and buy something which might caught my eye turned into a stressful outing due to the vendors who became agitated when I said I'm not there to buy something specific I just want to relax and have a look around Everybody wanted to sell me a pashmina (while it was about 40°C outside) or dragged me by my arm into their shop to try and convince me to buy spices, teas, ornaments etc. And when I was not interested a card with photos of fake designer watches and handbags would suddenly appear from a pocket and be offered to you at "good prices". The Gold Souk turned out to be a calmer more relaxing place for a stroll. I think on my next visit to Dubai I will rather not visit the Spice Souk again.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Ian T
    Para Hills, Australia64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needed more time !
    Nice visit on a Sunday afternoon however we should of checked to see if they were open. Arrived @4.00pm and a lot of the stalls were closed. Still had a great time bartering with some of the traders who were polite & respectful but fair. Next time will go earlier, so much to see
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 8, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,429 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern Day Flea Market. Not the Exotic Experience I Was Expecting
    I foolishly thought this would be some exotic experience. Interesting enough and the Abra ride across the Dubai Creek was enjoyable in itself. However, the Old Souk is just a flea market with shops/stalls selling all sorts of items of questionable quality. A good place to pick up an inexpensive souvenir but don't expect anything special to be found here. The loud and intrusive vendors became quite annoying after 5-10 minutes.
    Visited November 2022
    Written July 24, 2023
  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old fashioned trade
    Not as big as I expected. Similar to other bazaars in Arab countries or Turkey. A mixture of aromas and heavy smells, of beauty and misery. You can't walk quietly, the shopkeepers are constantly harassing you, trying to make you buy all kinds of things from them. Tiring! Beware of charlatans, they ask for inflated prices!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,924 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Souk geared to tourists in Bur Dubai
    In many ways the old souk in Bur Dubai feels like a relief from the glitzy modern town. Individual entrepeneurship results in many different stalls and small shops selling souvenirs, spices, clothes, jewelry and what not. Mainly run by people who originate from the Indian subcontinent be prepared for tricks, though there are fair business dealers as well. Do not start bargaining, if you have no clue about what is a reasonable price. Vendors often start asking exorbitant amounts of money for junk.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
  • David T
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disney meets Arabian nights
    Nice place to wander, a bit Dubai meets Disney, as it’s clearly not authentic but made to look very Aladdin but fun never the less. Some of the prices seem inflated but there are bargains to be had, and against all reviews that say you can’t haggle, try. We got some movement on prices, and the traders are really nice if cheeky! You will be swamped with the coach tours, but there are plenty of side alleys and shops to slip into to avoid the camera phone waving hoards.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 4, 2024
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2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Business
The place was full of energy, friendly vendors and a lot of shoppers. It seemed more like a place to look around and to see what Dubai offers as souvenirs, bargaining was fun but some of the vendors were too persistent.
Written February 16, 2024
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David T
London, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Nice place to wander, a bit Dubai meets Disney, as it’s clearly not authentic but made to look very Aladdin but fun never the less. Some of the prices seem inflated but there are bargains to be had, and against all reviews that say you can’t haggle, try. We got some movement on prices, and the traders are really nice if cheeky! You will be swamped with the coach tours, but there are plenty of side alleys and shops to slip into to avoid the camera phone waving hoards.
Written February 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,924 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
In many ways the old souk in Bur Dubai feels like a relief from the glitzy modern town. Individual entrepeneurship results in many different stalls and small shops selling souvenirs, spices, clothes, jewelry and what not. Mainly run by people who originate from the Indian subcontinent be prepared for tricks, though there are fair business dealers as well.

Do not start bargaining, if you have no clue about what is a reasonable price. Vendors often start asking exorbitant amounts of money for junk.
Written December 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

zuv
Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Not as big as I expected. Similar to other bazaars in Arab countries or Turkey. A mixture of aromas and heavy smells, of beauty and misery.
You can't walk quietly, the shopkeepers are constantly harassing you, trying to make you buy all kinds of things from them. Tiring!
Beware of charlatans, they ask for inflated prices!
Written November 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elek M
Rybnik, Poland97 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The old souq is just an Indian market selling Chinese products. Nothing special, the sellers are very aggressive, especially harassing women. We felt there very uncomfortable.
Written October 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Queenies of Queenstown
Melbourne, Australia166 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We were dropped off here just off the main traffic road as the traffic jams wouldn’t allow us to get closer to souk - we went around 4pm for reference.
The walk there you are getting haggled every step of the way to buy perfume. Once in there are loads of gold shops on each side of the market. You do get approached numerously asking you to come into one of their shops or secret shop down an alleyway - we declined as I wasn’t comfortable heading off the main mall walkways. I would recommend a tour guide to show you around as we didn’t really see a lot and trying to sins a working toilet inside the mall prepares fruitless - we did have men willing to take us to their toilet on their shops so I’m not sure if this is some kind of scam that they occupy the toilets within the mall. We did find a free one outside the souk. Overall an average experience for us girls
Written September 15, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I foolishly thought this would be some exotic experience. Interesting enough and the Abra ride across the Dubai Creek was enjoyable in itself. However, the Old Souk is just a flea market with shops/stalls selling all sorts of items of questionable quality. A good place to pick up an inexpensive souvenir but don't expect anything special to be found here. The loud and intrusive vendors became quite annoying after 5-10 minutes.
Written July 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CFH
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Very good but hot but alot to view. I enjoyed this but due to the heat we did not get out the car the second time. I really enjoyed myself and this is one of those places that you wuld want to see again
Written July 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ian T
Para Hills, Australia64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Nice visit on a Sunday afternoon however we should of checked to see if they were open. Arrived @4.00pm and a lot of the stalls were closed.
Still had a great time bartering with some of the traders who were polite & respectful but fair.
Next time will go earlier, so much to see
Written July 9, 2023
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stellajane
Singapore, Singapore34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The place to go to get gifts and whatnot. Go in a group and perhaps add more guys to your group. Or grab a local guide whom you trust. Because you will get scam. They will say "I give you good price" or "For you, special price" so don't believe them. Ensure that whatever price is quoted, you note them down on your phone or paper. You may want to calculate yourself. They say they have card machines, but they will try NOT to use it.

I've learnt my lesson, learn from my mistakes.
Written June 22, 2023
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