Your complete guide to Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Dubai
Words by Ankita Bhowmick in Neighbourhoods · Sep 16th, 2019
Located in one of Dubai's most vibrant communities of Downtown Dubai, Souk Al Bahar, which means sailor's market is known for blending the classic with the contemporary. The development features an Arabesque architecture and hosts a range of shopping, entertainment and dining options. Souk Al Bahar is situated across The Dubai Mall and is connected to it by a bridge that covers the breadth of the Burj Lake. The interiors of Souk Al Bahar include natural stone corridors, tall archways and mood-enhancing lighting. Its shop-lined alleyways are graced by Arabian-themed decor.
The retail destination features over 100 shops, 22 restaurants, cafes and lounges, most of which are situated on the waterfront promenade of the Burj Lake and offer breathtaking views of the iconic Burj Khalifa and the mesmerising Dubai Fountain.
Souk Al Bahar is one of the best places in Dubai where you will be able to find beautiful traditional gifts and souvenirs for your near and dear ones. The shops offer expensive items like pricey gold jewellery and hand-woven fabrics. The outlets also host rich tapestries and carpets, intricate handicrafts, eclectic jewellery, culturally-inspired fashion and heady perfumes. One will also be able to spot furnishings, books, art, among many other things.
Souq Al Bahar will also leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to traditional Arabic ouds and perfumes as well as a wide range of international perfumes.
When it comes to gifts and souvenirs, the popular shops in Souk Al Bahar are Camel Company and Al Jaber Gallery. If oriental carpets are what you are looking for, you should head straight to Emad Carpets. If you are a lover of artwork, Gallery One should be a must-visit for you. For accessories including shawls and scarves, Cashmir is an ideal outlet and when it comes to a wide range of gourmet dates, chocolates and truffles, Bateel is a go-to.
Souq Al Bahar also hosts shops that include Al Rifai, Arabian Oud, Bait Al Kandora, Intermix Gems, Mehreen Carpets, Mozaiic Art Gallery, Pride of kashmir, among many more.
Restaurants And Cafes
Souq Al Bahar is also home to some of the best restaurants and cafes in Dubai, which can be your ideal dining venue after a visit to the Dubai Mall or Burj Khalifa.
The popular eateries include Claw Souq Al Bahar serving barbecue, burgers, ribs, and crab dishes; Patiala featuring authentic Indian cuisine; The Meat Company offering steaks; Günaydın offering Turkish delicacies and Siraj featuring lip-smacking Emirati cuisine.
Many of the restaurants in Souq Al Bahar are licensed, including the Karma Cafe and The Lounge.
Code Of Conduct
1. Guests visiting Souq Al Bahar are expected to dress modestly, as a respect to the culture and religion of the UAE. Knees should remain covered and transparent clothes should be avoided.
2. Smoking inside Souq Al Bahr is strictly prohibited.
3. Rollerblading and skateboarding are not allowed inside Souq Al Bahar.
4. Guests are advised of refraining from public display of affection like kissing or holding hands.