Dubai // Bur Dubai //

The Textile Souk and around

At the heart of Bur Dubai, the Textile Souk (also sometimes referred to as the “Old Souk”) is easily the prettiest in the city, occupying an immaculately restored traditional bazaar, its long line of sand-coloured buildings shaded by a fine arched wooden roof, blissfully cool even in the heat of the day and illuminated by traditional Moorish hanging lights after dark. This was once the most important bazaar in the city although its commercial importance has long since faded – almost all the shops have now been taken over by Indian traders flogging reams of sari cloth and fluorescent blankets alongside assorted tourist tat (if you’re hankering for an I ♥ DUBAI T-shirt, Burj Khalifa paperweight or spangly camel, now’s your chance).

It’s also worth exploring the lanes off the souk’s main drag, dotted with further examples of traditional (albeit heavily restored) local architecture, including long wooden balconies, latticed windows and the occasional wind tower.