Gold is serious business in this part of the world, so it’s not surprising that the Gold Souk near the Hyatt Regency is a vibrant centre for gold-loving buyers and sellers. There are plenty of designs to choose from, but if you don’t like the modern and traditional ones on display, it’s not uncommon to ask a vendor to design jewellery for you.

The gold on offer is crafted in India and comes in several shades; the most popular jewellery is 24-carat and orangey in colour, but you can also get 18, 21 and 22 carat. There are very strict laws involving authenticity of gold, so if a shop attendant tells you a piece of jewellery is 24-carat, then it probably is. As well as rings and bracelets, you can get money clips, touristy knick-knacks and even gold tiaras.