In the late afternoon
and in the evening, the streets around the Gold Souk fill
themselves with people coming from all over the world. A colourful
variety of Indians, Arabs, Africans, Europeans, Americans
and other nationalities visit the "City of Gold".
More than 300 jewelleries situated one after the other are
waiting for their visitors. Brilliants, emeralds, sapphires,
bracelets, watches, rings and necklaces - everything the heart
of a jewellery lover desires - glitter in the nicely illuminated
show-cases. The assortment seems to be endless. Jewels in
18 carat or 21 carat gold and treated in the most precious
way are acquired by their new owners. There is no doubt that
prices are cheaper than in most places all over the world.
20 - 60 % savings compared to the purchase of gold in Germany
are nothing extraordinary.
Haggling about the price is like a tradition.
Take your time and plan 2 to 3 hours for your visit. The best
time is the late afternoon. Usually, the shops are open until
10:00 p.m. The initial unsureness in bargaining gets lost
pretty quickly, and you will really enjoy "haggling"
about your favourite piece.
The wider the choice, the greater the trouble. Mostly, one
does not know which shop to enter first. We have had a deeper
look into the "Gold Souk" and are happy to present
you our picture
The payment can be done with usual credit cards. However,
we would recommend you to take cash with you (best in Dirhams).
This will help you to "get hold" of a good many
jewellery pieces at a still slightly lower price.
Almost all of the beach hotels offer a shuttle bus free of
charge for your drive to the Gold Souk in the afternoon. Of
course, the bus driver will bring you back to the beach hotel
where you are staying at a fix time.
Profit of the possibility to get in e-mail contact with the
different shops - even before your departure for Dubai. Maybe
you would like to get a custom made "gold piece"
especially made for you with the help of a picture or a detailed
description. Even those desires are going to be fulfilled
at any time in the "City of Gold".