At Grand Souq Bur Dubai.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – Traders at Grand Souq Bur Dubai are putting out Dh5 to Dh10 deals to reel in local shoppers while waiting for an influx of tourists to return to the traditional shopping district.
Flowing kaftans were on sale for Dh10 right at the entrance. There are also colourful, hand-made purses for Dh5. “There are very few tourists this time. The people who are here are mostly residents,” Hakim Khan, a spice trader, explained to Expatmedia.net. Watch how the adventure unfolded:
The Grand Souq Bur Dubai is a traditional market right next to the abra station in Bur Dubai, one of Dubai’s oldest business hubs.
The crowd was thinner this time compared to last year, but the place is still teeming with all the amazing handicrafts from the UAE and neighbouring countries.
Pashmina shawls start from Dh190, but wander further into the souq and you can buy one for Dh80 with a bit of haggling. There are also beautiful Turkish lanterns, and colourful Iranian pottery, apart from the various brass decorative items crafted in the UAE. My travel buddy wanted to buy a pair of “Aladdin shoes” as a souvenir, those beautiful traditional khussa with a curved tip. Prices start at Dh90.
A new addition that we saw on sale were the handmade throw pillow covers with bold colours and more modern design of cats or faces. Those start at Dh35.
But it was rediscovering the place all over again that was priceless! It was such a great experience wandering through the narrow alleys at the souq and finding shops with unique items. I will definitely be back. MFD/Expat Media
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