Going downtown Dubai

The Mr. and I decided to forego the luxurious clubs and brunch spots to venture into the Dubai Gold Souk market.it’s a tough life, I know.

The Dubai Gold Souks is a traditional market (or souk) located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira, in the locality of Al Dhagaya. The Souk consists of over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewellery. By some estimates, approximately 10 tons of gold is present at any given time in the Souk.

Call me Beyonce, not Kelly.

The most entertaining part of our time here was being called ‘Beyonce’ and ‘Obama’ as the shop owners tried to barter for our attention as we walked down the market streets. This is apparently the easiest and inoffensive reference to Black people. In fact, I got so used to being called Beyonce, I took offence when one shop owner called me Kelly. Crazy.

A step away from the fake

My partner and I have frequently talked about the prospect of working and living in Dubai. My initial reaction is often negative because I feel Dubai is too flashy, fake and lacks the texture and flavoursome culture I need and have experienced in other countries.

With that said, the Souk was certainly one of the more flavour filled places we visited in Dubai, and where we actually got to speak with residents and not just other expats. So if you’re planning a trip to Dubai and in search of some kind of culture, this is a good place to start.