The souks are the traditional trading areas, the closest you’ll get to an authentic, old world Arabian experience. In keeping with tradition, bargaining is expected and cash gives the best leverage.
The Gold, Spice and Textile Souks line either side of the creek, but parking is limited, so if possible it is better to go to these areas by taxi or, if you are visiting all three, park on one side of the creek and take an abra to the other side.

The modern souks, such as Souk Al Bahar and Souk Madinat, tend to be more like malls with high-end shops and a nod to traditional architecture.


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