Dubai Gold Souk

From the distance, it is easy to mistake the large building shimmering with gold colour as the Dubai Gold Souk. After all, the city is known for its glitz and outstanding building designs.

New Dubai Gold Souk

The taxi veers past the New Gold Souk building and continues towards the district of Deira. There, in front of a large shopping complex, he deposits us near the entrance. This isn’t the famed souk either, but we take a curious look inside the air-conditioned mall full of modern shops with gold jewellery adorning their windows.

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The Gold Souk of Dubai is located in more humble surrounds. The entrance is marked by a wooden awning that extends the length of the shops.

Dubai Gold Souk

Beneath the awning, the air is still and redolent of spices and sweat. Workers carting boxes in the heat seem to glide past effortlessly.

Dubai Gold Souk

A man sells bottled water to tourists as they shuffle past, their eyes drawn to the myriad of gold in the shop windows.

Dubai Gold Souk

Another man approaches us with offers of gold bargains, then mentions fake designer accessories. He walks beside us but addresses Mr G the whole time, his eyes not even glancing once in my direction. Mr G politely declines. We are more interested in taking photographs of the souk than buying jewellery.

Dubai Gold Souk

Rows of adjacent shops line up the souk with a dazzling gold display. The last time I had seen so much gold concentrated in one location was at the Aleppo Covered Souk in Syria.

Dubai Gold Souk

There are intricate pieces of jewellery alongside designs that may seem a little garish to western tastes.

Dubai Gold Souk

Amongst this wealth of gold, safety prevails and there are no security guards around to protect the merchandise.

Dubai Gold Souk

The gold here is of a different shade, a brighter yellow much like Indian gold jewellery.

Dubai Gold Souk

The souk also opens at night, which is a more pleasant time to visit than during the day when the temperatures soar and the heat slows you down.

If you decide to buy gold jewellery in Dubai, remember to bargain as this is the way business transactions are made.
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The Dubai Gold Souk is located in the Deira district within walking distance to the Dubai Fish Markets and Dubai Food Markets.

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Dubai Gold Souk was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


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  5. Some of those pieces look gorgeous! Did you buy anything?

    It reminds me somewhat of a Bazaar in Istanbul… I combed those stores looking for the perfect piece, and I found it- a tiny gold pendant ladybug, far from the garish designs on display.

    Thanks for this post. If I visit Dubai, I will look this up.

    • No, we didn’t. Not much into this kind of jewellery. I haven’t been to Istanbul (yet) and I’d love to see the bazaars you mention!

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