The fragrances and spices at the Spice Souk in Dubai include the biblical variety. Crystal-like chunks of frankincense and myrrh fill large overflowing stacks, which compete for room in a long narrow covered alley.
One of the star attractions is saffron. Expensive and coveted around the world it’s priced well here. If you manage to bring it home and through customs without incident it makes a nice gift for the chef in the family.
Shopkeepers are happy to chat and explain what’s on display. You’ll see plenty of turmeric, cinnamon bark, cardamom, pepper, chillies, cloves and nuts in addition to dried rosebuds and fruit.
The Spice Souk is strategically located along Dubai Creek in Deira next to the Old Souk Abra Station. It’s a small non-touristy market, which remains true to its Arabian heritage.
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