Quick guide to Deira Gold Souk

Time Out Dubai profiles Deira Gold Souk in Dubai, a top thing for tourists to do in Dubai, as well as one of the best places to buy jewellery in Dubai

Loved the fruit and veg market last week, Time Out, but we were hoping for something a little more flash this time. What have you got for us?
Karats.

No way. We’re already eating salad for a fortnight because of you.
Not carrots, silly. Karats. As in, gold.

Ah, clever. You’re really glowing this week. What’s with all the bling?
Oh, these old things! We picked up a few little treasures from the Deira Gold Souk.

A few treasures? You look like a hip-hop video. You have cash to splash, obviously.
Ha ha ha ha ha. You’re too funny. No. Prices are budget-friendly, but the gold is the real deal yo!

What?
Sorry, we’re not used to having all this jewellery on. It makes us a bit gangster sometimes. What we’re trying to say is that you will pay less money for more ounces of gold at the souk.

Is it honestly worth going to? We’ve been unlucky at souks in the past and only experienced hideous T-shirts and beach towel quality pashminas…
The Gold Souk is different. The prices, as long as you negotiate hard, can be fantastic, and every conceivable design is available. It’s especially good for chains, necklaces, bracelets and wedding rings, and other types of jewellery, too.

Negotiating has never been our strong point, though. Are we in trouble?
Find a price you’re willing to pay for gold in a mall boutique and just try and better that at the Souk. Prices are regulated, but you could end up getting yourself a fabulous bargain.

What does it look like?
The open-air market is a pedestrianised street with store-after-store selling nothing but gold. It is quite the sight. Bring a camera.

What can we snap?
Haven’t you been listening? They’re souks and there’s gold in them. So much of it, in fact, that this is one of the city’s most popular postcard locales. You won’t need the best photography skills to get impressive shots.
Sikkat Al Khail Street, Deira.

Only at Deira Gold Souk


You’re already saving money on buying yourself a hot new ring and we suggest the money-saving continues with discount Punjabi food at Sarovar. Spicy vegetarian masalas and low-cost dosas can be snapped up for a few small notes and give you enough fuel for more jewel-hunting.
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