While Dubai is famous for having tall skyscrapers, innovative malls, man-made islands, any trip to Dubai is incomplete without visiting the souks. A “souk” is an Arabian market where goods and services are sold and exchanged. The souks of Dubai are famous for being colourful, noisy and engaging and the Spice Souk is no different. Located in the narrow alleys of Deira, the Spice Souk will captivate your soul with aromatic fragrances ranging from saffron to cinnamon and vanilla pods. In spite of the fact that the area of Spice Souk is not a touristic one, the vibrancy added by the colourful spices and seasonings attracts a lot of visitors. You are bound to have a wonderful experience in the Spice Souk of Dubai.
Make your way into the narrow passages and enhance your senses to a whole new world of spices that you only see or hear in fancy cooking shows and recipe books. Photographers and foodies are most likely to relish the beautiful palettes of colourful sights and smell on display. With that being said, other people will also find their own way of communicating with these peculiar spices. You are certain to come across new flavours and recipes as you explore successions of narrow lanes lined with many stores. The Spice Souk is near Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek), where dealers come from the East and immediately sell their goods.
Vendors receive fresh stock each day from countries that produce exotic spices like Iran, Pakistan and India. Wander around the place and communicate with the vendors who will happily provide you with information about the spices. You can take in the smell of the herbs and spices, all garnished in large baskets and small shelves at every turn in Spice Souk. Spices ranging from coriander to cumin seeds, cardamom, saffron, curry powders, cinnamon sticks, Sichuan peppercorns, and dried lemons, you can find all your desired seasoning elements here. Also, look out for a wide array of scented teas and exotic coffee beans from all over the world.
The culture in Spice Souk is that vendors expect you to bargain – that’s where it starts to get all noisy. So, don’t hesitate to negotiate with the vendors when you buy the spices in bulk quantities. Whether you’re an experienced chef or a home cook, you’ll get to explore various new flavours at Spice Souk. Also, when you’re there, don’t miss the vivid collection of perfumes and a diverse range of shisha tobacco as well, all of which add up to the market’s aroma.
However, the popularity of the Spice Souk in Dubai has diminished a bit with the rising popularity of big supermarkets and malls. Regardless, the authenticity of the market is still there and alive. You can get to the Spice Souk easily by public transport or by taxi. It is recommended to visit the Spice Souk in the early morning or evening to avoid the afternoon heat. The vendors are sure to test your bargaining skills as you enjoy the authentic Arabian market experience.