Dubai could very well be the upscale shopping mall capital of the world but its consumer roots are souks, the Arabic word for market. You can find some of the more traditional covered souks near the creek.
Lined with hundreds of vendors you’ll find plenty of bling in the Gold Souk on the Deira side of the creek.
Not far from the Gold Souk is the Spice Souk. Used for millennium you will find an abundance of Frankincense and saffron here.
The Bur Dubai Souk on the other side of the creek has many textiles and every day items. The glittery Arabian slippers caught my eye on more than one occasion. In fact a pair is housed in a closet not far from where I sit.