Southwest of the Gold Souk stretches the extensive covered souk formerly known as Al Souk al Kabeer (“The Big Souk”), once the largest and most important market in Deira. It’s now been extensively renovated and rechristened the Grand Souk Deira, with the shops given uniform facades in traditional-looking stone, similar to those in Bur Dubai’s Textile Souk. It’s all pleasant enough, although the merchandise on offer (mainly household goods and cheap toys) is humdrum and the main drag here is popular with touts attempting to lasso passing tourists with the usual offers of copy bags, nice pashminas and genuine fake watches.

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