Dubai, City Of Gold: Visiting The Gold Souk

Although I visited the Gold Souk almost daily with my mother, I didn’t actually realise that I should blog such an interesting place until the last day we went there. So criminal! A market is called a “Souk” in Dubai. So a gold souk is a market that sells gold! The Gold Souk in Dubai is a long street consisting of hundreds of shops left and right which sell gold, diamonds and other precious stones and metals. Even if you plan to not buy gold when you go to Dubai, you should definitely visit the Gold Souk.

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Outside is usually hot in Dubai but there is an ample amount of shade on the streets to prevent sunburns and excess heat. The inside of the shops are just absolutely breathtaking. There are different varieties of gold that come in shapes, sizes and thickness. Gold is sold by weight and although Gold is relatively cheap in Dubai, you will have to haggle to get the desired price you want. In true African mother fashion, my mother haggled gold prices that were originally advertised as $45 per gram and got them down to $38 per gram! I don’t know how to haggle for the life of me so I just watched in awe. The craziest haggling I experienced was when they told my mother that they would clean all her gold for $600. By the time the conversation was done, my mother was paying $200. I don’t know how it happened. She is superhuman.

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Gold is a pretty hefty investment, so when I saw some elaborate gold on display in the shops like the one above I just wondered to myself who is the person that will buy this massive, intricately designed, heavy gold? Can they adopt me? Are they taking job applications? Just kidding. Not really.

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In addition, we also got invited upstairs to the room where they clean and design the gold! It was behind a hidden door in the store that acted like a shelf for the jewellery. We climbed up the stairs and entered a room where there was a line of people hard at work cleaning, designing and repairing the jewellery. It was a stark contrast from downstairs which is kept at an impeccable standard. This room was gritty and showed signs of wear and tear. It’s interesting how beautiful things are made in very unlikely places.

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That is my experience at the Gold Souk! It’s a really awesome place and I bought my first gold item! It’s a really cute bracelet and I am very happy with my purchase. Every time I wash my hands and I am wearing this bracelet, I always giggle to myself because I know it can never fade once it touches water. The concept blows my mind. Lol don’t judge me.

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Dubai: At The Top, Burj Khalifa

I have a love for visiting the worlds largest things so it was impossible for me to visit Dubai without seeing the worlds tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Standing tall at a whopping 828m with over 160 floors, it is a truly unique building. When you drive around Dubai, Burj Khalifa is one of the first buildings you recognise because it is so tall and it towers over everything. No matter where I was, I could always spot this building, be it at the hotel, the market or the mall.

I read that it is better to book viewing tickets online than buy upfront because it is cheaper and quicker to move through the line. I ordered my tickets from atthetop.ae for the 5:30 viewing. However, the best time to visit Burj Khalifa is around 6:30 pm because that is when the sun is setting and the view is amazing then. Because of this, 6:30pm slots where fully booked for 2 days! so try to think about that before you book in advance.

Getting up to the top was surprisingly very quick, Burj Khalifa has the third fastest elevator in the world. The floors where moving like seconds and you couldn’t notice that you were so high up in air. We quickly got up to the observation deck and the view was amazing! There was also a little area after where I got to see the history of Burj Khalifa’s making and the people behind it. It was awesome.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of the building from the outside because you go through Dubai Mall to enter the building but here are some of the pictures I took!

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