Souk Al Bahar is a modern Arabian souk on the Old Town Island at Emaar’s massive Downtown Dubai development. It offers a small number of stores selling mainly handicrafts, carpets, antiques, and souvenirs. The main attraction though is its strong collection of restaurants and cafes, many of which have great views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Al Jaber Gallery sells postcards, books (including guides to Dubai), artworks and souvenirs, while the Camel Company offers a massive range of stuffed toy camels plus lots of other gifts such as camel t-shirts, camel drink stirrers, keychains, notepads, fridge magnets, calendars, and more.
Bateel is one of the best places in the city to buy gourmet dates and over 20 different varieties are available. The shop also sells quality chocolates, chocolate dates, date biscuits and cookies, Turkish delights, dried figs and apricots, nuts, nougat, jams and honey, mustard, and olive oil.
Other shops at Souk Al Bahar include Emad Carpet (carpets and rugs from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc.), Gallery One (photographic prints), and Pride of Kashmir (Kashmiri shawls, carpets, furnishings etc.). There’s also a small Spinneys supermarket here.
The Souk al Bahar offers a great selection of restaurants and cafes. Unlike the restaurants at the nearby Dubai Mall, many of them are licensed to serve alcohol. Options include Abd el Wahab (Lebanese), Al Malouf, Bice Mare (Italian – licensed), Karma Kafe (International – licensed), Left Bank (lounge bar – licensed), Mango Tree (Thai – licensed), Margaux (European – licensed), Rivington Grill (British – licensed), The Meat Co. (Steakhouse – licensed), Urbano (Italian), Zahr el Laymoun (Lebanese), Baker & Spice, Dean & Deluca, La Fragola, and Shakespeare & Co.
Many of the restaurants also boast outdoor dining areas with great views of the Dubai Fountain. Good places to watch the show include the Mango Tree, Rivington Grill, Bice Mare, Abd el Wahab, Baker & Spice, and Dean & Deluca.
The walkways around Souk Al Bahar also offer good views of the Dubai Fountain and are far less crowded than those around the Dubai Mall.
Facilities include a customer service desk, toilets, baby changing areas, and ATMs.
Souk al Bahar is situated on the Old Town Island at Downtown Dubai. It is just a short walk from the Dubai Mall (across the Burj Khalifa Lake via the Souk al Bahar Bridge).
Shoppers travelling by car arriving by car should leave Sheikh Zayed Road at Interchange 1 and take Financial Centre Road (previously Doha Street), following the signs for the Palace Hotel. The car park is right next to the hotel entrance. Visitors can also park at the Dubai Mall.
The closest Metro station is the Burj Khalifa Metro Station on the Red Line. Feeder buses F13 and F16 depart from the station and go to Downtown Dubai
It’s also possible to walk to Souk al Bahar from the Metro station in about 10 minutes. Just follow the crowds going to the Dubai Mall or look for the Burj Khalifa.
Bus service 27 leaves from the Gold Souk Bus Station in Deira and goes to Downtown Dubai.
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