Dubai Textile Souk

The traditional souks of Dubai are a fascinating experience for any traveler. A call to come and indulge yourself in the traditions of the Arab world. ‘Souk’ means ‘market’ in Arabic, and they were started when the traders on the ships that docked at the harbor used to display the treasures that they had gleaned from around the world. Today, the souks are a national treasure of Dubai and you can find anything and everything in these narrow streets and cobbled lanes of the traditional souks in the city. From the world famous gold and spice souks to the smaller souks that have specialized goods for sale, spending some time in the souks will be a highlight of your vacation in Dubai.

The Dubai Textile souk is located close to the gold souk in the heart of Dubai and it is here that you can indulge your love of fashion and traditional textiles and fabrics, in the many shops within the souk. Visiting souks are one of the most popular things to do in Dubai. The textile souk is the best place to find the most exquisite silks fabrics that the Middle East is famous for. Just stepping into the souk is like stepping into a rainbow of color and texture. Hundreds of bolts of pure silk fabric on display outside every shop. You will be spoiled for choice when you visit the souk. From the largest international wholesaler, to the smallest family owned fabric shop, you’ll be able to find exactly what you are looking for in the textile souk.

The Dubai Textile souk is a snapshot of old Dubai and is one of the souks that have retained its traditional influences. You must make sure that when you are buying fabric or even clothing in the souk that you haggle your way into a bargain. This is a time-honored tradition of Dubai and indeed the rest of the Middle East. It is considered a part of the art of selling and buying, so never pay the first price that you have been offered, if you get this technique right, then you’ll be able to pick up some real treasures for a fraction of the cost that you’d pay for the same fabric at home.

If you are looking for fashionable clothes, then the textile souk is also a fine place to pick up the ornate fashions and accessories that are steeped in Arab culture and tradition. They even sell shoes that are covered in fabric and heavily encrusted with semi precious stones. If you find something that you simply adore, but it is not in the right size or color, then you will be able to find a wide array of small tailoring shops in the souk that will make any alterations for you, and you will be able to get it back in 48 hours.

The Dubai textile souk is open from 9am until 6pm every day of the week except Fridays. With so much choice, you’ll want to spend the day here, learning how to bargain, and choosing some of the finest fabrics and clothes that the souk has to offer. The souk is easily reached by taxi from your hotel, or you can catch a water taxi up the Creek for a small sum.

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