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Spice Souk

Join the lively bustle of Dubai’s historic marketplace and let your senses guide you through a maze of silks, perfumes and spices.

The Spice Souk is one of Dubai’s last truly active outdoor markets. Elbow your way through the crowds and take in the captivating palette of sights and smells on display. Foodies and photographers will particularly relish this unique sensory experience. Sample local delicacies, trawl through hand-made jewelry and absorb the atmosphere.

A “souk” is an Arabian market, similar to a Persian bazaar. Dubai’s souks are renowned for being colorful, noisy and engrossing. The Dubai Spice Souk is made up of a series of narrow lanes lined with stores, some with open roofs and some closed off. It is located right by Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek), where merchants from the East used to dock their boats and immediately began to haggle over goods.

The popularity of Dubai’s souks has declined over time, largely due to the rise of supermarkets. At the Spice Souk, however, the market is alive and well. You can buy traditional fare such as spices, silks and perfumes, as well as souvenirs and children’s toys. 

As you walk down the Spice Souk’s narrow lanes, take in the vivid piles of spices. Familiar household staples like cinnamon sticks and curry powder nestle in among esoteric spices, dried fruits, nuts and all kinds of flowers for herbal teas.

Keep an eye out for varieties of shisha tobacco as well as incenses and perfumes, all of which contribute to the souk’s intoxicating aroma. If you are hunting for souvenirs, textiles and pottery might be more customs-friendly options.

The Dubai Spice Souk is located in the Al Ras area of Deira, right next to the Dubai Gold Souk. It is easily accessible by public transport or by taxi. Try to visit in the morning or the evening as the heat in the middle of the day can be oppressive and some stalls close around lunchtime. Dress modestly, practice your bargaining skills and enjoy this authentic market experience.

It's not hard to spend a whole morning at Spice Souk. Here are a nice selection of the things you can enjoy here:

Take a look at our Deira things to do page to discover many more activities while you're here.


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Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton ¥8,091
Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton

Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton

Al Seef Street, Dubai Creek, Dubai
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bur Dubai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bastakiya, Dubai Museum, and Grand Mosque. The Dubai Heritage Village and Meena Bazaar are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saeediya Station is 17 minutes by foot and Al Ghubaiba Station is 23 minutes.

    Buraq Hotel By Gemstones ¥5,330
    Buraq Hotel By Gemstones

    Buraq Hotel By Gemstones

    5 Old Baladiya Street, Gold Souk, Dubai
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Deira, this hotel is steps from Spice Souk and Gold Souk. Grand Mosque and The Dubai Heritage Village are also within 1 mi (2 km). Al Ras Station is 7 minutes by foot and Baniyas Square Station is 14 minutes.

      Hyatt Regency Dubai ¥8,511
      Hyatt Regency Dubai

      Hyatt Regency Dubai

      Deira Corniche Alkhaleej Road, Dubai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Naif Souq and Gold Souk. Grand Mosque and The Dubai Heritage Village are also within 3 mi (5 km). Palm Deira Station is only a 4-minute walk and Baniyas Square Station is 14 minutes.

        Hyatt Place Dubai Baniyas Square ¥8,918
        Hyatt Place Dubai Baniyas Square

        Hyatt Place Dubai Baniyas Square

        Baniyas Square -14th Road, Diera, Dubai, AE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Deira, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Deira Twin Towers Shopping Centre and Gold Souk. Grand Mosque and Al Ghurair Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Baniyas Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Union Station is 14 minutes.

          Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa ¥7,640
          Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

          Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

          Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located on the riverwalk, just steps from Dubai Museum and Grand Mosque. Gold Souk and BurJuman Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saeediya Station is 8 minutes by foot and Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station is 18 minutes.

            Galaxy Plaza Hotel ¥4,261
            Galaxy Plaza Hotel

            Galaxy Plaza Hotel

            Al Ras Road, Deira,Near Gold Souk, Deira, Dubai
               
              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Deira, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Perfume Souq, Gold Souk, and Grand Mosque. The Dubai Heritage Village and Dubai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Al Ras Station is 5 minutes by foot and Baniyas Square Station is 16 minutes.

              Ahmedia Heritage Guest House ¥7,114
              Ahmedia Heritage Guest House

              Ahmedia Heritage Guest House

              Al-Ras Deira, Next to Al Hamadiya School, Dubai
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Deira, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Spice Souk and Gold Souk. Grand Mosque and The Dubai Heritage Village are also within 1 mi (2 km). Al Ras Station is 6 minutes by foot and Baniyas Square Station is 16 minutes.

                Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai ¥7,034
                Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai

                Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai

                Mankhool Road, 4c Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bur Dubai, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Textile Souk, BurJuman Mall, and Dubai Museum. Grand Mosque and Meena Bazaar are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saeediya Station is 12 minutes by foot and Al Karama Station is 20 minutes.