Gold Souq

Top choice market

in Deira
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All that glitters is gold (and occasionally silver) along this covered arcade where dozens of shops overflow with every kind of jewellery imaginable, from delicate pearl earrings to lavish golden wedding necklaces. Simply watching the goings-on is a treat. Settle down on a bench and take in the lively street theatre of hard-working Afghan men dragging heavy carts of goods, African women in colourful kaftans and local women out on a shopping spree. It's liveliest in the evening.

In 2018 the souq was scheduled for a refurbishment, including the smartening up of facades and signage and the introduction of a random sampling and weighing system to thwart any possible fraud and ensure the highest quality according to government standards.