We crossed the (not-so) busy Baniyas Road and headed to the Grand Souq Deira area. We walked north east along the Old Baladiya Street past the Belhul Mosque before turning right and into the Gold Souk.
|about to cross Baniyas Rd
|glancing back at the abra station
|we walked past the Belhul Mosque
|and headed to the Gold Souk
|the ultimate shopping destination for gold hunters
|gold bars and gold jewelry here to be found here
|strict government control; all purchases are genuine
|over 300 retailers with 10 tons of gold at any given time
|a stroll around the market is a must...
|to marvel at the intricacy of the gold pieces on display
|we've emerged at the end of the alleyway
|till we meet again
|headed north east along 32A St
|this would be the Perfume Souk area
|but plenty of textiles here as well
|a 'musky' area of the Deira
|at the intersection of 32A & Al Soor
|plenty of things to see
|along 28C St
|a large perfumery
|something's caught her fancy
|New Shaker Cafeteria along 28C St
|not the one on Deira St a few blocks south
|so it can be quite confusing locating it on Google Map
|the usual diminutive cafeteria
|serving our ultimate favourite: the karak chai
|worth another shot
|a simple breakfast spread
|shared by both of us
|one parting shot
|not bad for under 10 dirhams
|9.59am: we caught him by surprise!
|our ultimate bounty!
|headed back to the abra station (Deira side)
|the intersection at Al Soor?
|drinking water: a precious commodity in the UAE
|we're reached the Baniyas Rd
|one last look at the Deira Old Souk
We reached the Deira Old Souk Abra Station at about 10.45am and cast a final glance at the old souk, vowing that we would return one day soon.
It was then onwards across the Dubai Creek back to Bur Dubai.