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  • Ensure you are aware of the custom allowance at your destination back, before you make any purchases
  • Keep a check on your baggage weight allowance on your departing flight
  • Never buy goods from individuals on the roads/by lanes offering discounted rates
  • Always ask for an original bill and warranty card (if applicable)
  • Exchange the currency to the local currency as you won’t get the best exchange rate at retail shops in purchases made in foreign currency such as USD, Pounds, Euros, etc…
  • Make sure you take a break or energise yourself before any shopping as malls, souqs, and markets are quit large and a lot of walking is needed
  • Dubai Shopping Festival (15th Jan - !5th Feb) is the best time for deals and discount offers.
  • Outlet Mall is a factory outlet mall with many international and local brand having their factory outlet stores, with discount going upto 70 %. The best day to go is a Monday, as they is additional offers on Monday
  • Factory outlets for brands such as Giordano, Adidas, other brands are available in the city (Search for Factory outlets in the shopping section)
  • If required for self-use, branded perfume is sold in Gold Souk, and Meena bazaar – Bur Dubai as ‘testers’, for almost 40 – 50 % lesser price
  • Best deals on branded luggage bags are available at Carrefour Supermarkets
  • GITEX is the best time for electronic shopping
  • A lot of Beauty and Bath, Fashion products are sold at discount prices at the Ramadan Night Market every year during Ramadan

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After a mind-numbing dose of mega malls, mega hotels and mega marinas in Dubai, it will indeed be a refreshing change to experience the ambience of an ancient bazaar, not much different than the way it used to be in the stories of 1001 Arabian nights. The Dubai Spice Souk, also known as the Deidra Souk, is a place that brims with spices, herbs, perfumes, tea and more; everything is laid out in old and authentic settings on the myriad streets and lanes. What began as a trading settlement in the riverside hub of Deidra centuries ago has today become an international attraction nestled in an ultra-modern city. Its appeal lies in the fact that the Souk continues to preserve its traditional personality and the hustle bustle, replete with the sights, smells and the Arabian chatter.

A feast for the eyes as well as the nose, the Deidra Souk is the place where you will find every imaginable spice in the world showcased in traditional wooden vats with metal rings around them.  The lanes and by lanes have small, roofless stalls competing with big, air-conditioned stores on either side.  The list of spices you can buy here is almost endless, but a few selected, must-buy ones include cardamom, cinnamon, clove, saffron, nutmeg, rosemary, vanilla, black pepper, paprika, cilantro, curry powder, dried lemons and of course, dry date fruits; it is also a great place to pick up traditional Arabian perfumes and incenses like the Attar and Bakhoor. The Deidra Souk is not only about spices -  curios, local handmade rugs, artefacts, souvenirs, home decor items, shawls, perfumes, incense, shoes, clothes and even accessories can be found in plenty.  Like any old-world market, an essential part of buying at the Souk is the haggling on the price. Hold out sufficiently long in the exchange of offers and counter-offers and you are sure to end up with a very good bargain.  

The Deidra Souk is located on the Sikkat Al Khail Road in the locality of Al Ras and the most interesting way to reach the Deidra Souk is to take a dhow boat across the creek; if you are hard-pressed for time, you can take a taxi to the Deira suburb, approximately 12 kms north from Downtown Dubai. Alternately, you can take the Metro, get down at the Ras station and walk a few meters to reach the Spice Souk.