Many gold shops are located in the city’s glossy malls, such as Dubai Mall, and some jewelry chains even have branches in supermarkets. Another option is the Dubai Gold and Diamond Park, an indoor mall exclusively filled with gold, diamond, and gem boutiques.
However, the Gold Souk is the big attraction when it comes to buying gold. It’s a permanent fixture on most Dubai city tours and the first stop for visiting and local gold buyers.
“The best place to buy is Dubai Gold Souk and its new Gold Souk Extension, which are side-by-side,” explains Mamtha Maria. “You’ll find over 400 gold and jewelry outlets, which give you numerous choices, variety, and the best-quality jewelry.”
The original Gold Souk tends to sell classic, heritage-based Arabian and Indian jewelry, while the new extension leans toward contemporary styles. You could easily spend a day at either market browsing for extravagant, old-school bridal and vintage necklaces and bracelets, modern, trending rings and earrings, and lighter, thinner pieces for everyday wear.
Don’t be tempted to settle on the first shops you see, either. The smaller outlets, hidden deeper in each souk, see less foot traffic and may be more flexible on price.