Dubai is famous for its shopping and, while the large air-conditioned shopping malls can be a great escape from the heat of the day, nothing really compares to the bustle of Dubai’s markets, or souks. Situated in Deira, Dubai’s souks trade in gold, spices and ittar (a spicy Arabian perfume). Even if shopping is not your activity of choice, the souks are wonderful places to people watch and take in the sights and smells of traditional trading in Dubai.
Watch the abbaya-clad women testing the burning oud (fragrant wood), the rows and rows of glittering gold jewellery or take in the pungent aromas of the spice souk.


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