A souk, or souq, is an Arabian marketplace and Dubai has some of the greatest and best of them. Although some of the more traditional souks are quite popular with travellers and visitors but, actually, Dubai features some truly amazing modernised versions of these souks. You don’t need to sweat through some narrow alleyways to get your fix of the Arabian marketplace tradition, you can just as well enjoy it in while in the lovely air conditioned hallways of Souk Al Bahar or Dubai Mall.
Of course, everybody prefers something a little bit different but here’s our picks of our top three modernised Arabian souks in Dubai.
So, if you’re the kind of person who wants a touch of culture along with their visit to one of the many golf courses in Dubai, you should certainly make a point of visiting some of these amazing souks.
Dubai Mall Souk
We should start this last at one of the best souks in Dubai purely because of the location. You can enjoy the traditional Arabian style of marketplaces while enjoying the world’s largest mall with the world’s largest OLED screen situated next to the 2nd largest choreographed water fountain show in the world and also right next to the world’s tallest building. Knock of all of these off your to-do list while you walk through Dubai Mall’s, ‘The Souk.’ It’s clearly marked and has some fantastic places to shop at and the famous Majlis Camel milk café, if you’re in to trying something a little different.
Souk Al Bahar
Souk Al Bahar is another fantastic location in Dubai, right in Downtown Dubai, Souk Al Bahar is a 30 second walk over a small bridge to Dubai Mall. So, really, you can do Souk Al Bahar and the Dubai Mall Souk together, all the while taking in some amazing views of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. There are lots of restaurants in Souk Al Bahar, some of them licensed to serve alcohol, so you can have an amazing view not only of the Burj Khalifa but the very famous Dubai Fountain show, too. There are plenty of places inside Souk Al Bahar where you can buy some traditional Arabian abayas, kaftans, oud and more.
Finally, we have Souk Madinat. Situated in Jumeirah, this very cool and up-market souk feels a lot more traditional than the Dubai Mall Souk or Souk Al Bahar. There are loads of restaurants, shops, narrow walk ways and boat tours around the most luxurious hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab. This very traditional feeling Souk gives you a taste of what it would be like in the other older souks in Dubai but you can still find a nice comfortable place to relax in the AC and have a nice bite to eat. Souk Madinat’s proximity to the beach and sea is one of the major draws of the place.