Deira’s sprawling Covered Souk (a misnomer, since it isn’t) comprises a rather indeterminate area of small shops arranged around the maze of narrow, pedestrianized alleyways which run south from Sikkat al Khail Road down towards the Creek. Most of the shops here are Indian-run, selling colourful, low-grade cloth for women’s clothes, along with large quantities of mass-produced plastic toys and cheap household goods. It’s all rather down-at-heel, but makes for an interesting stroll, especially in the area at the back of the Al Sabkha bus station, the densest and busiest part of the bazaar.

The souk continues on the far side of Al Sabkha Road under the name of Al Wasl Souk, before reaching Al Musallah Street. On the north side of Al Wasl it’s also worth ducking into the Naif Souq, a large two-storey orange-coloured building with discreet Arabian touches stuffed full of a colourful medley of shops selling fabrics, abbeya and perfumes.

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