Dec 15, 2008

Dubai’s Spice Souk

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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11 comments:

Lakshmi said...

spice markets have a certain flavour of their own..I like the ones in india too..

kristine said...

in general, i am curiously uncurious abotu Dubai, I must admit. But spice market....now there's a thing I like the sound of...

jen laceda said...

i was chopping massive amounts of garlic last night and had forgotten that the scent is still on my fingertips until i saw your post. all of a sudden, i not only smelled garlic, but also turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, myrrh...and just outside our office is an Indian & Pakistani restuarant. guess what i'll be having for lunch??

koala said...

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Lynne said...

breathe in all those scents for me!

Wendy said...

Lakshmi,
I love all the markets of India.

Kristine, There is an old side to Dubai as well which I think a lot of people skip when they go.

Jen, Sounds much better than what I ate for lunch!

Koala, Wow. I'm flattered and heading over to take a look.

Lynne, taking a deep breath now...

Fly Girl said...

Is it any wonder that the walls of my home are painted in spice colors? I totally love spices, every single one that you mentioned is a favorite. This makes me want to get them all out and cook a spicy dinner!

Debo Hobo said...

I so enjoy the aromas of fresh spices and herbs especailly when they are roasted in a dry pan to release their oils.

Wendy said...

Fly Girl and Debo Hobo,
Can I come over for dinner please? I'll bring the spices... :^)

Nomadic Matt said...

I love the smell and colors of spice markets....

Aparna said...

I never go any spice market, but I love the smell and color of these spice.