I was initially more excited to visit the spice souk than the Dubai gold souk. Only one of these markets was within my price range. I will let you guess which one. But, while walking through them both, it became immediately clear that one seemed more along the lines of a market where people actually shopped. The gold souk was that place.
Apparently, people come from all over the world, or at least all over the region, to buy gold in Dubai. The Dubai gold souk was much larger than the spice souk, with alleys radiating off the main covered walkway, and with gold shops covering the surrounding roads. There were tourists and locals walking the area, some actually shopping.
There were some alleyways that specialized in typical tourist shops, you know, if you wanted to buy a belly dancing outfit, some sunglasses, or a men’s kafiyah, or head scarf. But, the destination really focused on the gold and jewelry shops.
Some of the gold seemed somewhat tasteful, and others seemed entirely garish. Some of the large golden pendants are given as a dowry to the bride during a wedding, worn for show at the wedding, and then never worn again – probably because they weight a ton.
Dubai Tourism hosted us for our tour of Dubai, but all of my opinions are my own.
Amber Hoffman, food and travel writer behind With Husband In Tow, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for finding new food and drink destinations. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Together they have traveled to over 70 countries.