Souq Al Kabeer is one of Dubai's heritage places and one of the oldest markets along Dubai Creek. Located between Deira and Bur Dubai, it is a prominent tourist and historical site, with its narrow streets and alleys and its authentic and traditional architectural landmarks. The Souq Al Kabeer’s location facing Dubai Creek gave it strategic and economic value, which has turned it into a trading hub for the exchange of products and goods between the Arab Gulf region and East Asia.
The almost-150-year-old Souq Al Kabeer offers its visitors an opportunity to enjoy the mysteries of the past and relive the old Emirati lifestyle, through a unique experience that brings together historical landmarks and commercial activities of traditional Dubai markets that have undergone many expansions and restorations to provide major commercial transactions and add to Dubai's reputation.
The traditional markets represent Dubai's identity through intermingling of residential and commercial buildings, Al Barajil (air towers), stucco decoration and various configurations of architectural spaces in interactive planning relationships between the market area, the Creek and the ancient walls of Dubai.
titleMarkets:Souq Al Kabeer in Deira:
The history of Souq Al Kabeer in Deira dates back to 1850, and it is one of the most important heritage commercial markets that have been restored and rehabilitated, and one of the oldest markets in Dubai thanks to its centuries old commercial past. This market is located along the creek, where wooden ships laden with goods to and from Africa and the Indian subcontinent dock, which made it a shopping centre that meets the needs of merchant ships and buying and selling activities, and thus a model for Arab markets.
Souq Al Kabeer in Deira consists of 7 gates that open in the morning and close at night. It includes a group of markets, shops and stores, among them:
- Souq Al Zalam - Bur Deira, a mixed market for the sale of various goods
- Souq Al Arsa, which was devoted to commercial bartering before the market boom, it was a hub for receiving commercial caravans
- Souq Al Manazer, for the sale of women's accessories and old mirrors decorated with ornaments and drawing of trees and birds
- Souq Bilshalat, for the sale of men's fabrics
- Fabrics and wares market
- Perfume market
- Souq Al Matereh, dedicated to selling cushions and pillows
- Metal Market, for the sale of kitchen utensils, pots, and trays
- Souq Al Saffarin, previously known for polishing copper
- Marine tools market
- Souq Al Dawiat for selling spices
- Food and vegetable market.
The spice markets and traditional drug stores (Al Dawiat) markets are spread out next to the old Dubai Municipality Museum and near the narrow markets alleyways , bringing back the fragrant past to Al Ras region. Spices are an essential element in any Emirati kitchen, and these markets provide visitors with more than 80 types of spices, transforming Dubai into a hub for all kinds of spices and herbs from all over the world.
Souq Al Kabeer in Bur Dubai:
Souq Al Kabeer in Bur Dubai is one of the oldest and most important traditional markets in Dubai. It was built in the early nineteenth century. From then it has undergone several expansions to keep up with the times and accumulated ancestral heritage and authenticity. The importance of its strategic location is due to its close proximity to Dubai Creek and its charming view over it. It consists of 12 gates that open in the morning and close in the evening, and includes:
Souq Al Kabeer Facilities in Deira and Bur Dubai:
- Sardana Market
- Tawashen Market or Council for the sale of pearls
- Gold market for the sale of gold and jewellery
- Clothing Market
- Fish Market
- Barajil Market (air towers) that provide a pleasant atmosphere for shoppers.
- Money exchange
- Food and beverage outlets
- Public facilities (restrooms).
- Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn for roaming the traditional markets.
- Public parking is available in Souq Al Kabeer in both Deira and Bur Dubai.
For more information, you can contact Dubai Municipality/Architectural Heritage and Antiquities Department:
About the Traditional Market:
The traditional market is considered one of the oldest flea markets in Dubai. It combines between markets and stores with various goods and the history of Dubai. It is a display platform with 90 shops for crafts, heritage products and other consumer and food products at the cheapest prices, whether for retail or wholesale. Among them shops are:
- Islamic lamps shops
- Quran and prayer beads shops
- Small boats shops
- Precious stones shops
- Gold and jewellery shops
- Old coins shops
- Al-Mandoos heritage chests shops
- Heritage paintings shops
- Traditional handicrafts shops
- Pottery shops
- Folkloric clothes shops
- Traditional clothes, fabrics, textiles and leather goods
- Tailor shops for clothing and designing Abayas and Jalabiyas
- Children's clothing shops
- Home-made perfumes, incense and incense burners shops
- Antiques and souvenirs shops
- Henna shops
- Household utensils shops
- Electronics shops
- Sweets and aromatic spices shops
- Herbs and spices shops
- Dates shops
- Public parking is available next to the market.
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