Souk Madinat Jumeirah: Shopping in Dubai

Dubai is renowned for its gigantic shopping malls but if you’re looking for a more intimate shopping experience, take a taxi ride to Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Inside Souk Madinat Jumeirah

The shopping mall is a replica of a traditional souk with all the modern comforts of air conditioning, western cafés, bars, restaurants and shops. You’ll find anything from homewares, to souvenir shops to gourmet foods such as fine chocolate and caviar. You can even have your photo taken with a falcon. Venture outside and open plazas offer a view of Burj Al Arab hotel where you can enjoy food and drink and smoke a shisha if you wish.

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Burj Al Arab Hotel from Souk Madinat Jumeirah

The souk is built within Madinat Jumeirah’s buildings which have an Arabian sandstone colour with imposing domes, a replica of fortresses and palaces. Madinat Jumeirah Hotel is part of the complex and boasts approximately 4 kms of canals with waterways where modern abras transport people around.

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Madinat Jumeirah as seen from Burj Al Arab Hotel

You won’t find many locals shopping there; it is mainly a beautiful mall for tourists and visitors, albeit on the expensive side.

In the evening, Souk Madinat Jumeirah comes alive and you’ll find it buzzing with nightlife from the cafés, restaurants and shisha bars. Shoo Fee Ma Fee Moroccan restaurant is located within the complex and offers an unforgettable dining experience under colourful tents with Burj al Arab hotel light show within easy view.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is best reached by taxi, which is relatively inexpensive in Dubai.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Souk Madinat Jumeirah
PO Box 75157, Dubai, UAE

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.


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  2. I find everything about Dubai so bizarre. I saw your lead photo and thought you’d found a traditional area – but even that’s a modern replica. :) I’m intrigued by Dubai but not sure I want to go there.

    • That’s the beauty of it. It leaves you in awe and surprise at times. I love the city and can’t wait to go back and see more of it :)

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