Rare and expensive foodstuffs have been traded in Dubai for well over a century. Today, the Spice Souk is still the most important of its type in the Gulf region, though much of the trade is done on a retail scale and deals are made in air-conditioned offices. The Spice Souk also caters to local domestic use and tourists searching for expensive and exotic ingredients to use in their kitchens back home. It's a small market but a stroll along the narrow alleyways takes you on an olfactory journey through the East, as aromas of pungent chili, cinnamon, and ginger mingle in the air. Saffron is the most prized culinary ingredient in the Spice Souk, but fragrant frankincense is the biggest seller.
Off Baniyas Rd., Deira, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates