February 11, 2019: Souk Madinat Jumeirah

 

There are many great markets in Dubai, with no lack of opportunity for shopping.  Some markets, like the Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Mall, are modern and could be found in almost any city in the world.  Others are uniquely Arab, including the original and traditional outdoor markets, like the spice and textile souks.

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The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is sort of a hybrid of these concepts, a re-creation of an Arab market but with modern amenities, set by the sea, adjoining the lovely Burj Al Arab hotel.  The place is quite lovely, with traditional wind-towers and sand colored construction.  Shops and restaurants of a great variety are available, as are entertainment venues. 

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A network of canal passes through the market, hence its nickname, "Dubai's Little  Venice".  Boat (abra) rides  of the waterways are available and would be fun to do with children.

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It's pleasant (and free!) to wander through the market.  Get lost in the maze of walkways and enjoy the atmosphere, as I did!

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Nice enough - but, in my opinion, a bazaar or souk needs the ramshackle element to be exciting. These places are far too tidy for my liking. They simply cannot match the atmosphere of the old markets in, say, Istanbul, Marrakesh, or Fez. Below is a shot of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, a huge labyrinth of narrow lanes and passages.

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Nice enough - but, in my opinion, a bazaar or souk needs the ramshackle element to be exciting. These places are far too tidy for my liking. They simply cannot match the atmosphere of the old markets in, say, Istanbul, Marrakesh, or Fez. Below is a shot of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, a huge labyrinth of narrow lanes and passages.

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Generally agreed, especially if you're really wanting to buy something.  But when the temperatures is over 40C outside, and you're looking for a cool place to escape to, then this is a reasonable option.  The canal system did make it more interesting than most malls.

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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