13 Most Popular Dubai Souks in Dubai

Souks and markets are a standard in Arabian tradition and shopping culture, and Dubai is no exception to this.

Dubai’s souks & markets are home to everything from exotic scents, gold, raw silks and rare fabrics to unique culinary destinations. A part of your Dubai memory needs to involve haggling and bargaining at some of the most bustling souks and markets of the world.

This is a ranking of the best souks and markets in Dubai.

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1. Dubai Gold Souk – Best Gold & Jewelry Shopping Destination in Dubai

At Dubai Gold Souk, you’ll be spoiled for choice and your biggest problem will be choosing what to purchase.

Dominant local brands compete with 100s of small gold merchants at this world-renowned gold souk. Dubai has developed a reputation for having low gold prices and that’s the cause of this market’s booming global popularity. If you’re on a budget, many shops here also sell gold-plated and gold-filled jewelry.

This is a destination for your jewelry needs regardless of your budget. Also Try: Essential Things to See & Do in Dubai (Do NOT Miss Out!)

Location: Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5

2. Dubai Perfume Souk – Best Perfume Shopping Destination in Dubai

Crafting scents has been a feature of Gulf traditions for centuries.

The locally developed scents are called oud, and they are naturally made from herbs, spices, and secret ingredients exclusive to different merchants. Local perfume brands and traditional scents crowd this souk so you’ll have options for a scent like never before. Expect to be handed 2 to 3 samples every second, but have no worries as all the merchants are polite and extremely respectful; after all, they do want to secure that sale.

The best part is that some merchants here will create a custom scent just to match your personality! This souk is an amazing Dubai destination. Also Try: Best FREE Beaches in Dubai (Yes, FREE!)

Location: Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5

3. Dubai Spice Souk – Best Fresh Spice Market in Dubai

The Dubai Spice Souk is one of the oldest souks in not just Dubai, but the entire United Arab Emirates.

You’ll find a bustling, vibrant atmosphere where each shop is colorful and bright due to the fragrant herbs and spices it carries; everything from cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla pods and saffron, to shisha tobacco and pipes, stunning traditional lamps, and homewares is available here.

Even if spices aren’t a part of your palate, this is a great opportunity to appreciate a massive, authentic souk. Also Try: Ranked – Dubai’s Adventures Zones (Most will FAIL!)

Location: Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5

4. Dubai Textile Souk (also known as the Old Souk) – Best Textile Market in Dubai

You can find every fabric, texture, and textile imaginable at the Dubai Textile Souk.

From yards of raw beautiful silks, handmade embroidery and saris to traditional Arab dress, this market has it all! The Dubai Textile Souk hosts merchants from across the globe selling their prized materials, all clustered in one convenient spot. You are about to be spoiled with choices!

Additionally, this souk has maintained its traditional roots so the classical Arabian architecture remains to date, making a trip here a double joy. Also Try: Dubai’s Best Water Sports (Some are SCARY!)

Location: Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5

5. Dubai Souk Madinat Jumeirah – Most Beautiful Souk in Dubai

If you hear or read “Jumeirah,” expect luxury.

This extremely popular souk mixes traditional architecture with modern infrastructure and luxury. The architecture and shop alignment are themed on traditional Arabian designs. You won’t be able to haggle here as the prices are fixed; often, the rates will be quite pricey.

This souk is a great experience as the location is beautiful and is only a short walking distance from the Burj al Arab. Also Try: Top Water Adventures in Dubai

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4.5/5

6. Dubai ARTE – Best Art Souk in Dubai

Dubai ARTE is a market dedicated to local arts and crafts!

The only drawbacks is that its available exclusively on the first and second Fridays of every month. This souk features some established local artists and plenty of up-and-coming young talents. This platform is an opportunity for many to showcase their work, and a platform for many to spectate, observe, and purchase inspiring, beautiful pieces of artwork.

Location: Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (first Friday); Times Square Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (second Friday)

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5

7. Dubai Souk al Bahar – Newest Souk in Dubai

Souk al Bahar is one of Dubai’s newest modern souks, which blend traditional Arabian architecture with modern infrastructure and luxury; it’s located next to the Burj al Khalifa.

Bargains and haggles are not a part of this souk as prices are fixed and will often be quite high as many shops exclusively sell luxury products.

Location: Downtown Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5

8. Dubai Marina Market – Best Trend Market in Dubai

Dubai is fulfilling all forms of demands.

Marina Market is an “up-to-trend” market dedicated to vintage accessories, hand-made products, fair-trade products, art, and photography. This market is outdoors and most stalls are small and exclusive to a specific niche. While it’s a dwarf compared to competing souks, Marina Market is placed on the Marina Walk; you’ll have plenty of amazing dining options and a wonderful opportunity to take a walk beside a stunning man-made Marina in Dubai.

Location: Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3/5

9. Dubai Khan Murjan – Best Crafts Souk in Dubai

Based on a legend of a the most bustling souk in the world, Khan Murjan in WAFI offers over 150 stalls specializing in traditional arts and crafts, with influences drawn from as far away as Andalucía in Southern Spain to the mountains of Afghanistan.

This market is essentially an extension of a mall so it’s going to give only a remote feeling of a souk. While Khan Murjan may not offer the traditional vibe, it still holds up as a decent place to shop.

Location: Wafi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 2.5/5

10. Dubai Naif Souk – Leading Bargain Shopping Destination in Dubai

Once a prominent market for camel traders, Naif Souq has developed into a marketplace.

You won’t get the traditional feel and vibe you’d receive from other souks in Dubai and the setting has a feel of a warehouse adorned with shops. Nonetheless, this is a popular destination for bargains on watches and leather handbags.

Location: Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 2.5/5

11. Dubai Karama Market – Popular Market for Knockoffs in Dubai

This is not a traditional souk.

Dubai Karama Market is an open plaza-style marketplace selling pretty much anything. The prime draw here are the counterfeit branded products sold at many of the shops at dirt-cheap rates.

Location: Karama, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 2.5/5

This ranking is competitive; Contenders 12 and 13 are currently omitted as their Dubaing ScoreTM fell below 2.5. The ranking is updated every week; they will be visible again if their score rises above 2.5.

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