The Karama Souk or Market is located at 18B Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is not a real souk, like an old-fashioned Arabian marketplace. Lining 18B Street is more a collection of typical shops the only real similarity between this shopping area and the markets you’re picturing is that haggling is absolutely essential.
Karama Souk is well-known among Dubai’s residents as a go-to for the swathes of tourists who arrive looking for familiar, luxury leather handbags, watches and other goods at much lower prices. Most stores have salesmen standing outside, hollering at you to come and check out their stock. It’s not unusual to be followed or joined on your stroll by men insisting that you come and have a look at their goods, The incessant and insistent sales patter can tempt you towards violence, but a firm, loud “NO THANK YOU”.
Perhaps what visitors do like a bout this market is the presence of some shops that offer a range of distinctive souvenirs ranging from Dhs10 to upwards of Dhs500, based on their quality. You’ll find 100 percent pashmina wraps here for a fraction of the cost you’ll get them for in the malls, and if you buy a few, you can typically negotiate yourself a much bigger discount.
After you complete your tour and if you feel tired or hungry, you can go to one of Indian or Pakistani restaurants. There are some fantastic places, most of which are extremely budget-friendly. Try Calicut Paragon on 20B Street, which commands a huge following for its crab curries, all restaurants offer tasty dishes at affordable prices too.
You can conclude your tour to go to 45B Street for fresh bargain buys at this smaller, indoor version of Shindagha’s long-standing fish souk. Prices are keen and skilled negotiators can easily nab themselves a bargain by buying in bulk. A great spot for picking up some unusual barbecue produce, now that the weather’s cooling.
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