Noisy, chaotic and colourful, Dubai’s souqs are an enticing reminder that you are, indeed, in a foreign country – something you might forget when you’re poolside at your five-star hotel. In contrast to the sleek, shiny, squeaky-clean shopping malls, the cacophony, colour and chaos of the souqs is what makes them so appealing. Neither the breezy wooden arcade of the Bur Dubai Souq nor the ramshackle market shops in Deira resemble the palm-roofed bazaars of the 1830s, but today’s souqs remain full of character and are among the best in the region. Be sure to bargain in the souqs as it's expected. Start by halving the price quoted and expect to pay around 75% of what was originally offered. Carry cash as cards are often not accepted. The faux-Arabian souqs, such as Souq Al-Bahar, are generally more expensive and are less likely to drop prices as much, due to expensive overheads.