Perfume Souq

Market in Deira

Several blocks with a preponderance of perfume shops hardly warrants the title ‘souq’, yet these stores sell a staggering range of Middle Eastern attars: oil-based perfumes that are usually kept in large bulbous bottles and siphoned off into elegant flacons upon purchase. The most precious scents contain oud, from a resinous hardwood called agarwood, formed by the southeast Asian aquilaria tree.