6 Best Souks in Dubai

Spice Souk Dubai

The malls of Dubai have a reputation of being huge, classy and glamorous. Right from retail stores to aquariums, there is nothing that these malls do not have. One can easily spend an entire day in a mall at Dubai without getting bored. However, shopping in Dubai should not be restricted to the glitzy malls. Another world of shopping lies in the traditional souks of the city. Vibrant, colourful and charming, these souks are a part of the history and culture of the city. Here are six of the best souks in Dubai that you should visit during your holiday in this Emirate city.

Gold Souk
Gold Souk Dubai
Located in Deira, Dubai Gold Souk is surely the most popular souk in the city. Home to around 300 stores that sell only gold and other precious metal and stones, the gold souk is heaven for people who love gold jewellery. Right from traditional Arabic designs to more modern and bolder designs, there is nothing you would not get here. You can buy 24K (coins and biscuits), 22K (chains, bangles and rings), and 18K (for jewellery with diamond and precious stones). You would also get to see the world’s biggest gold ring (as announced by the Guinness Book of World Records) here.

The best part about shopping in the gold souk is bargaining. Yes, you are allowed to bargain (in fact, it is expected) while shopping for gold jewellery. Once you decide what you want, feel free to haggle with the salesperson until you agree with the final amount. While the price of the gold is fixed, the rate of the making charges can be haggled with. As there is no tax levied on gold in the UAE, this is one of the places where you can buy gold jewellery at a cheaper rate.

Perfume Souk
Perfume Souk Dubai
Even before you enter the Perfume Souk, you would be welcomed by the combination of some strong and sweet fragrances. Whatever might be your favourite fragrance, you would be able to find it here. Right from the traditional Arabic attar to the latest branded perfumes, every kind of scent is available here. You can pick either large bottles for yourself or beautifully-crafted, tiny bottles as the perfect gifts or souvenirs for friends and family. With more than 100 shops, choosing amongst all the fragrances can be a difficult task.
Apart from housing a large variety of fragrances, the Perfume Souk in Dubai is also a place where you can make your own perfume. With the help of the storekeeper, you would be able to combine your favourite fragrances and get your own customized perfume. Some other unique things that you can buy here include incense (in the form of powder, wood, rock, sticks, crystals, etc.) as well as essential oils. A visit to the Perfume Souk is surely a delight for the senses.

Spice Souk
Spice Souk Dubai
Whether you are a chef at a hotel or a person who loves cooking, the Spice Souk would not fail to entice you. Perched between the Dubai Gold Souk and the Perfume Souk, the Spice Souk is a place where you would find all kinds of spices. While some are the produce of Middle East, many of the spices have been procured from around the world. Enjoy the smells and colours of a variety of spices including cinnamon, saffron, turmeric, nutmeg, etc. Apart from the spices, it is also a great place to shop for different types of rice, teas, dried fruits and dates. The Spice Souk also gives you the chance to buy some memorable souvenirs and gifts to take back home. Even if you do not want to buy the spices or anything else, do visit the souk to simply stroll along the stalls and enjoy the vibe of the place. Photographers would find lot of colourful photo-ops to capture on their cameras.

Textile Souk
Textile Souk Dubai
You would find stores of almost all international and local brands in the various malls of Dubai. However, if you want to get a bespoke outfit for yourself, head straight to the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai. This souk is lined with stores where you can buy all kinds of textiles or fabrics. Be it silk, cotton, cashmere or wool you are looking for, you would find it at the Textile Souk. Buy your favourite fabric and hop into to one of the tailoring shops to get a dress or suit as per your measurements. If you do not have time to get an outfit stitched, there are several stores where you can pick readymade garments. Textile Souk also offers you the chance to buy accessories like scarves, laces, fancy buttons, sequins, stones, etc.

Souk Al Bahar
Souk Al Bahar Dubai
In the recent years, Dubai has seen the emergence of several places that are a perfect mix of modern malls and traditional souks. Souk Al Bahar is one of the prominent ones. Located next to the Dubai Mall (connected with a footbridge), the Souk Al Bahar is the ideal place to shop for Arabic souvenirs and gifts in a comfortable way. Some of the things that you can buy here include jewellery, brass lamps, carpets, incense cones, Bateel dates, etc. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the Arabic pastries that are laden with nuts and honey. If you have time, you must dine at one of the several waterfront restaurants, not just for the food but also for the amazing views of the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Lake. In the evening, it would be a great place to enjoy the iconic fountain show on the lake.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
While shopping at the traditional souks of Dubai is exhilarating and at the same time cheap, it can be exhausting, what with all the haggling and trying to avoid the constant calls of the sellers. If you want to have a quieter and relaxing souk experience, it would be best to head to Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Another traditional meets modern souk, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is located on Jumeirah Road, next to Hotel Madinat Jumeirah. Here, you would get to buy all the typical Arabic souvenirs including carpets, shishas, funky jewellery and furniture, sculptures, art, rugs, ceramics, household items, etc. There are also several luxury brand shops, art galleries, cafes and fine dining restaurants at Souk Madinat Jumeriah.

Visiting the souks of Dubai is surely a unique experience, one that you should not miss if you want to learn about the authentic culture of the place. Even if shopping is not on your mind, visiting these souks would show you a different side of the city of Dubai.

Ramadan Dubai 2019: Best Things to do in Dubai during Ramadan

Jumeirah Mosque

Ramadan is the holy month of the Muslims as per the Islamic calendar. It is believed that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during this month. Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk for one month. With Dubai being a part of the Islamic country of UAE, the city along with the neighbouring Emirates also celebrates Ramadan.
Lot of changes happen during this time of the year. Duration of schools and offices are shortened, tourist attractions are either closed or open late, and it is forbidden to eat or drink in public (even for non-Muslims). In fact, the whole city has a subdued air, and not many tourists venture into Dubai or anywhere else in the UAE during this time. However, Dubai during Ramadan has a different magic, one you must not miss if you want to know the real Dubai, underneath all the glitz and glamour you see. If you are interested in visiting Dubai during Ramadan, here are the best things to do in Dubai during Ramadan.

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8 Beautiful Mosques in Dubai

Blue Mosque

Want to bow down at the greatest mosques in Dubai, this Eid? We have taken a tour of the impressive 8 mosques in the city and found reasons on what makes them so majestic.

Islam is the official religion of the UAE and is deeply rooted in the fabric of Dubai culture. Have set a benchmark as a liberal Islamic country, UAE has been known to attract an army of tourists to see its unbelievable architecture, cultural landmarks and fancy souvenirs. And in the list is the absolute marvellous Dubai mosques. Almost 400 mosques were built in the years 2008-2012, creating a religious accomplishment.

Today, 1,418 mosques are present on Dubai’s land with detailed designs and inscriptions by experts. They’re grand, stunning, and remarkable in their own ways. They might not be tall to give strain to your neck as Burj Khalifa does, but the beauty and rich history of these sacred places continue to inspire visitors.

From humble to elegant, here are 8 breathtaking mosques in Dubai-

Grand Mosque
Location: Opposite Dubai Museum, Near Rulers Court Office – Ali Bin Abi Taleb St – Dubai.
Grand Bur Dubai

Placed in the old Dubai, between the textile souk and Dubai Museum, Grand Mosque was originally built in 1990. It holds a fascinating story behind its construction- it has got twice revision of construction, once it was demolished and built in 1960 and again redone in 1998. The design of sandy-grey walls is inspired by traditional Islamic patterns that feature blue mosaic work, five large Quranic inscriptions at the entrance, and 9 large and 45 smaller domes. It has the minaret of 70-metre, making it the tallest in the city, where non-muslims are allowed to enter and take pictures. It can hold up to 1,200 worshippers.

Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque
Location: 119 6d Street – Dubai
Blue Mosque
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Named after the companion of the Prophet Muhammad (sal), Umar Bin Khattab (who later changed to Al Farooq) and created to share the values of Islam, this is a popular mosque opened to non-muslims. Established in 1986, the mosque has taken inspiration from Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, this architecture shows a blend of Ottoman and Andalusian design in its 4 minarets, 21 domes, 124 stained glass windows, colourful tiles in the front entrance and traditional-style fountain. It is also constructed twice, once in 2003 and later in 2011 making it one of the largest mosques in Dubai that takes over 2,000 people.

Jumeirah Mosque
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Jumeirah Mosque
Here is one of the attractive and amazing mosques in Dubai which is a must-visit place. Adopting the ‘Open Doors. Open Minds’ policy, it opens doors to locals and tourists from all religions and faiths. Built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, at night, its intimate design and architecture glorify in the illumination. Large enough to fit 1,200 visitors, this space welcomes you to learn Emirati culture. You can ask questions and take pictures.

Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque
Location: Bur Saeed Street, Deira, Dubai
khalifa al tajer mosque dubai
Acclaimed as the “Green Mosque”, this is the first ever eco-friendly mosque in the world and allows only Muslims to enter its dome. Stretched in the area of 105,000 square feet, this mosque was opened for tourists in 2014 with a capacity for around 3,500 devotees. It is constructed keeping the safety of the environment in mind and is therefore made of environmentally friendly materials and energy efficiency techniques. It skilfully employs green building materials, solar energy to power the lights, thermal insulation systems for lowering energy consumption and air conditioners that emit reduced greenhouse gases. Saving up to 20 to 25 per cent on energy and water resources, this is a well-maintained, fully-equipped and spacious mosque.

Iranian Mosque
Location: 226 – 226 Al Wasel Rd – Dubai
Iranian Mosque Dubai
At a short distance from the Jumeirah Mosque, sprawling over an area of 2,500 square meters, Iranian Mosque Dubai is situated- originally referred to as Imam Hussein Mosque. Unlike other plains and simple mosques, this has striking and colourful designs reflecting Persian architectural style. You will be mesmerised in the first look itself as the facade and dome is covered in blue tiles, motifs of floral themes and curvilinear twirls in splashes of colours like red, green, yellow, and white. It homes several interior halls and rooms and has a library with over 14,000 books on diverse topics and languages.

Al-Salam Mosque
Location: Al Barsha 2 – Dubai
Al Salam Mosque dubai
Opened in July 2014 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Al-Salam Mosque is picturesque. Set in red tone with a golden dome, its interior designs and Islamic collections depicts the principle of Emirati architecture along with the influence of Andalusian and Ottoman architectures. It has a strategic location behind the Mall of Emirates and has an overwhelming capacity of 1,500 worshippers.

Masjid Al Rahim
Location: Al Seba Street – Dubai
Masjid Al Rahim
As you stroll along the Dubai Marina’s river to the south point, you will witness the white-stoned mosque. It is gorgeous and can accommodate up to 2,000 people. Since October 2013, it has stood with grace and is crowned by a single dome. The facade that is towards Marina boasts a waterfall and in the evening the camber lights up with white and blue colours making it a treat to watch. There are separate prayer rooms for men and women, a Koranic school and a library devoted to Islamic studies.

Bastakia Mosque
Location: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai
Bastakia Mosque
It might not attract with its size but is definitely a photogenic mosque. At each corner, you can discover the little but masterful embellishment. It hosts Iftaar in Ramadan period. Among many restored buildings is the Dubai city walls built in the 19th century, situated near to this mosque.

There are few tips that can help you have a great time in these mosques. Wear a culturally sensible and respectable dress when you have to explore any of these mosques. You must follow the rules and regulations of the mosque in terms of use of mobiles, camera, shoes and more.

So, the next time you plan for Dubai, make sure to revise your itineraries with these beautiful Dubai mosques.

Why Dubai Shopping Festival 2019 Edition is Bigger than other DSF

What a perfect way to start the New Year with such a lively festival around. Dubai is packed with tourists from all over the world to welcome New Year as well as be a part of the world’s famous Dubai Shopping festival. Dubai shopping festival offers you a variety of products from all over the world as well as the local products that are ready to sell with amazing discounts.

Dubai Shopping Festival 2019
Dubai Shopping Festival 2019

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A Dubai Winter Vacation – How to plan for a trip to Dubai in December month

A month before the New Year arrives; the world sets the stage for its biggest celebrations. Combined with the holiday spirit, the ambiance has a vibrant verve and the brisk, wintry climate adds a charming touch to the whole scenario. However, Dubai isn’t the usual place that resembles a winter vacation destination, yet millions of visitors flock to the emirate during winters. What makes this desert emirate so popular during December? How can you plan a trip to Dubai in December?  Scroll down to know more.

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Is Dubai Shopping Festival really worth going to?

Nesting over 5 million people, covering thousands of  swanky malls and shops, and shouting zillions of offers, sales and activities, Dubai shopping festival is the undisputed solution to your shopping spree. Get your holiday and shopping spirits high as you are going to read the best deals and details on Dubai Shopping Festival 2019, and how it is worth every penny.

Dubai Shopping Festival Packages For 2019
Dubai Shopping Festival Packages For 2019 (Source)

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Everything You Need to Know about Dubai Shopping Festival 2019

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The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) needs no introduction to most people around the world. Touted as the biggest shopping festival in the world, the DSF is a haven for the senses and of course, the pocket too. Started in 1996, this shopping festival has become bigger and grander with every passing year. It has also become one of the major reasons for visiting Dubai. While great deals and discounts on various merchandise is the main reason that people from all over the world visit the DSF, it is not the only thing. The Dubai Shopping Festival celebrates life itself and there is something for everybody to look forward to. If you are planning to visit Dubai during the shopping festival, here are all the details that you should know about the DSF.

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Reasons to Visit Dubai in December 2019

National Day celebration in Dubai

December is the best time to visit Dubai due to various reasons. One of the main reasons to visit Dubai is the pleasant climate, which other times of the year is scorching hot. The cooler and pleasant climate makes it the best time of year to visit Dubai. The pleasant beaches, roaming outdoors, New Year eve, Dubai shopping festival 2019, and visiting most of the incredible structures is main tourist attraction during this month.

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Exploring the best of Dubai as a tourist

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Dubai is a global tourist hub of the western world. Close to 10+ million tourists and visitors come to the shores of Dubai to have fun and enjoy their holidays. Being an Islamic state, Dubai follows some stringent rules and regulations against certain traditions and customs that you should be well aware of before entering the shores of Dubai.

Laws to be aware for a tourist in Dubai
Laws to be aware for a tourist in Dubai
  • Consuming alcohol in the public

Being a Muslim state, Dubai has strict rules and regulations against drinking alcohol in public spaces. Although alcohol is served in several clubs and bars, consuming alcohol in public is considered to be a severe offense. Go to designated places where alcohol is served and avoid public spaces while drinking alcohol.

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Tourist destination landmarks found only in Dubai

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Dubai is a modern tourist destination in the world, and there are many reasons why it is so. The beaches, the marvellous Emirati culture, incredible variety of shopping, and a host of dining options are just a few things that define the Emirate of Dubai. Dubai offers some unique experience to both first-time travelers and experienced tourists. We bring to you some of the fantastic sites you should witness when you in the Dubai Emirate.

Watching the mesmerizing sunset from the mighty Burj Khalif

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There are plenty of advantages of witnessing the magical evening from the tallest building in the world. The 124th-floor observation deck gives you access to the 360-degree view of the city, and the golden sunset is something you should not miss out on when you here. Be ready with your camera as these precious moments need to be captured during your holiday in Dubai. The winter months provide you more unobstructed views of the city skyline. Also, you can get half-priced tickets if you book your spots in advance during these months.

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