10 09 2020

Five popular bazaars in Dubai

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In contrast to the ubiquitous huge shopping malls, Dubai has a scattering of truly oriental bazaars on both sides of the Dubai Creek, a visit to which is an indispensable element of your stay in the city. Although today there are many pseudo bazaars in all ethnographic villages, museums and even shopping malls (for example, in Madinat Jumairah), real bazaars are unique for their aromas and roguish sellers. The Gold Souk and the Spice Bazaar are considered the most colorful.

Deira Fish Souq:

Dubai's largest and busiest market will appeal to those who would like to see a picturesque picture of more than a hundred fish stalls bursting with fresh seafood. If you also want to buy something, you can use the services of a person with a trolley who will follow you and carry your purchases. When you get everything you want, he will take the purchases to your car. Recently, a fish museum has appeared next to the market, where both buyers and sellers can get acquainted with more than 350 species of living inhabitants of the Persian Gulf. The museum is called Deira Corniche and is located next to the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Gold Souq:

It is better to come to this most famous Dubai bazaar in the late afternoon, after 4 pm. Hundreds of shops, filled to the brim with jewelry of yellow and white gold, platinum, are crowded under the roof of a completely modern air-conditioned building. While bargaining is possible, the discount will be small, and prices fluctuate with the current gold price. The bazaar is located on Baniyas Road, Deira.

Grand Bazaar in Bur Dubai (Grand Souq, Bur Dubai):

In the central part of the bazaar, there are eight wind towers with shops on each side of the main alley, and this is where restoration work is most active. Although the bazaar was originally covered with palm branches (arish), today the roof is supported by more reliable modern wooden structures. Roofs after rains of strong winds had to be constantly repaired and renewed. Among the sellers, you can still see a few local Arabs who try to maintain the tradition, because their families have always kept shops in the bazaar.

Grand Bazaar in Deira (Grand Souq, Deira):

Known as Al-Souk Al-Kabeer (literally "Grand Bazaar"), Dubai's oldest and busiest market, the place where boats from Iran and India unloaded their goods. Today the shops here are kept by Indians selling a wide variety of goods, from dishes and clothes to spices and household utensils.

The Dubai Municipality has spent many millions of dollars to restore the bazaar, equipping the shops with teak shutters, revitalizing the place, paved the aisles and installed lighting in a traditional style. The flashy neon signs have been replaced by stucco carvings restored from old photographs. Some shops in the Iranian part of the bazaar, known as Bandar Taalib Souq, have retained traditional wind towers.

Spice Souq:

It seems that this place is infinitely far from modern Dubai. A walk through the bazaar will truly allow you to travel back in time. The specially designed and sterile-clean corresponding sections of the Carrefour supermarkets compete with the bazaar, but they are not able to give the feeling that arises from the purchase of "genuine goods first hand".