For our final day in Dubai, we decided to spend the day wandering around some of the city’s best attractions, starting with Dubai Creek and the Gold and Spice Souks.
We hopped onto the metro and soon enough arrived at Dubai Creek, which is a beautiful saltwater Creek that divides Deira and Bur Dubai. The fourteen kilometres of water is filled with dhows, and is lined with markets, shops and restaurants. We only walked part of it due to limited time, but if you have even half a day spare it would be a nice idea to hop on one of their water taxis and see as much of it as possible.
From the Creek, we walked into the bustling markets which are home to the famous Gold and Spice Souks. We lost a bit of time trying to find them, but once we were there they pretty much led onto one another. Fortunately, the majority of both Souks are sheltered – so whilst it’s hot, you don’t have the sun glaring down on you. It’d be unbearable otherwise! We walked from street to street for a good hour or so, admiring the jewellery and inhaling the gorgeous spice scents. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s amazing to experience this area of Dubai as it really has an authentic feel to it. That said, those who live and work in Dubai are lovely people and one simple purchase will make their day – so if you can spare a few Dirhams and would like to purchase a part of Dubai’s culture, you should totally go for it.
Whilst this area of Dubai isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the Creek and Gold and Spice Souks really are worth seeing. Just be sure to wear comfortable footwear, take plenty of water, and wear an outfit that covers your shoulders and knees to respect Dubai’s culture!
Next up, Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa…