Lonely Planet review
All that glitters is gold (and occasionally silver) at this colourful market located on and around Sikkat al-Khail St. At any given time over 25 tonnes of gold is on display in jewellery-shop windows in Dubai. Even if you’re not in the market for bling, a stroll through the covered arcades of the enormous Gold Souq is a must. Hundreds of stores overflow with every kind of jewellery imaginable, from tasteful diamond earrings to over-the-top golden Indian wedding necklaces. It’s the largest gold market in the region, and one of the largest in the world.
Settle down on a wooden bench beneath the wooden-latticed arcades of the main thoroughfare (Sikkat al-Khail St) and enjoy the colourful street theatre of touts hawking knock-off watches, hard-working Afghan men dragging heavy carts of goods, African women in colourful kaftans and animated abaya -clad women out on a shopping spree.