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Monday 27 January 2020

UAE2020 Day 07: Deira Old Souk (Again)

We took an abra at the Bur Dubai station and within 5 minutes reached the other side of the Creek where we hopped off the water-taxi at the Deira Old Souk Station.

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 Gold Souk was deserted as well, being that time of day and again we got to enjoy an unimpeded  spot of sight-seeing without much distraction, and minus the crowds.

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

bye Kareena

till we meet again

We emerged at the other end of the Gold Souk and headed north-east along 32A Street right to the very end. Here a slight crook in the road of about 50 meters north-west along Al Soor Street took us to 28C Street where we continued in  the same direction north-east.

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

Since it was only 9.30am and we had half an hour before Asim opened for business we decided to have breakfast at a quaint little cafeteria that served our favourite 1 dirham beverage.

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

New Shaker Cafeteria is a few doors away from Laura Mars Perfume so by the time we finished Asim had just arrived at his shop. He was sweeping the floor as he immediately recognised us from the day before (minus our green-haired son) and gave us a bright smile.

9.59am: we caught him by surprise!

our ultimate bounty!

Half an hour later we were done and armed with the new batch of freshly concocted perfumes we made our way back to the Deira Old Souk Abra Station, this time avoiding the Gold Souk.

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.

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