Are you seeking unique and different souvenir ideas for your friends and family? Up your friendship game by giving your loved ones a one of a kind gift from the magnificent city of Dubai.
Immerse yourself in the culture and find yourself in one of Dubai’s traditional souks. What is a souk, you may ask? Also known as an Arab marketplace or bazaar, find almost anything your heart desires in one of the little stalls lined up and ready for your inspection. If you need more convincing, here are just some of the things you can find and experience in Dubai’s souks.
Prepare for an intense aroma as you enter Dubai’s spice souk. Take a deep breath and inhale all the scents surrounding you, as hints of saffron, rose, chili, cinnamon, vanilla, herbs, nuts and incense enters your nose and spill at your feet. Mounds of aromatic spices await you, if you’re not sure what you like or what to get, the friendly shop owners are more than willing to help you explore your favourite scents and tastes. Don’t be afraid to pop some crunchy herbs in your mouth or give a dried fruit a sniff, you’ll never know until you try.
Whether you’re or not you’re a fashionista the Dubai Textile Souk is a place you must visit. Offering an array of fabrics and colours, feel the touch of a variety of materials collected from all over the world and gathered at this very souk. Glide your hand against velvets, suede, silk, pure cotton, and choose your favourite texture. This Textile Souk is especially popular for its bright pashmina-shawls and traditional Arabian shoes that would be so appreciated by your girlfriends. For the men, this large souk has leather wallets and belts in all sorts and colours.
Considered the most famous and visited souk in Dubai — and the cheapest place to buy gold, find your way through a golden maze of retailers. The Gold Souk offers visitors a vast selection of jewelry from head to toe. While most of the gleaming accessories are made from gold, there are also options made from silver, diamonds and precious stones.
Souk Al Bahar
If you’re less into exploring, and more into sitting by a creek sipping a cup of coffee, Souk Al Bahar is the souk for you. You can even buy your own traditional Arabian coffee pot to bring home and relive your Dubai experience in the confines of your own living room. This classic coffee pot would also be a perfect souvenir for your coffee loving friends and family. As a more modern souk, Souk Al Bahar mirrors a shopping mall where you can find almost anything, including traditional Arabic lamps you can purchase to take home.