Attar is the term used for essential oils derived from plant sources. These alcohol-free perfumes are widely used by both men and women in Dubai. There are various kinds of attars sold in the city. The vendors at the Perfume Souk can recommend scents for you if you have a hard time choosing. Want to make your own perfume? Just experiment with different mixtures and ask the seller to prepare it for you. You can also opt for the branded versions in popular perfume shops like Anfasic Dokhoon and Amouage. Attars can start at AED 90.
Traditional Arabic slippers are very colourful and detailed, they each have a unique design. The upper part of the slipper is made of one piece of leather or textile embroidered and embellished with brass nails, cowry shells, mirrors, bells and ceramic beads. The bonding from the upper part to the sole is done by cotton thread that is not only eco-friendly but also enmeshes the leather fibers with great strength. You can find these traditional slippers in different souks around Dubai. It's the perfect souvenir! Prices can start at AED 50.
During your trip you will be able to try on Traditional Arabic Clothing. Much of the Emarati national identity comes from their national dresses. These clothes have been worn for hundreds of years, from the times when the UAE was populated by Bedouins. The majority of locals continue to wear their national dress regularly, as garments are especially suitable for the region’s high temperatures. A Kandoora, which is a white dress, is worn by the men and the Kaftan is a traditional colourful dress worn by women. Prices start from AED 100.
Spices and Dry Fruits
If you want to bring home the flavors of Dubai with you, then you might be interested in buying some spices, dried fruits, delicious sweet dates and camel milk chocolates from the famous Spice Souk. The Spice Souk is a treasure trove of popular spices and various products as well as rare products that cannot be bought in supermarkets or anywhere else in the UAE. Just be careful to pack them carefully to bring them back home.
Another great item to look for in the souks of Dubai are pashmina shawls. These colorful shawls are made of cashmere that is produced from the hair of goats in Southern Asia. The cashmere is often blended with 30% silk to produce a soft and smooth fabric. This makes pashmina shawls a special gift for women who are dearest to you. Just make sure you pay the right price for the right product. Prices start from AED 250 for a real pashmina shawl.
A sand bottle consisting of many different layers of colors with Dubai images or your name written in any language, is a stunning personalised gift that will become one of your most cherished items, as well as being a fantastic souvenir of your trip. Another nice souvenir are post cards of Dubai’s famous buildings sold at the many souks for great prices. You can also take back home a miniature size of iconic landmarks suh as the The Burj Khalifa or The Burj Arab.
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