Shisha, sometimes referred to as hubbly bubbly, is a water pipe used for smoking flavoured tobacco and can be found at cafes and bars across the city. This is an authentic and traditional souvenir that can be easily bought in Dubai. Tobacco and coals are also readily available.
The khanjar is the traditional dagger of Oman, carried by men in a sheath, decorated with silver and worn on a belt similarly decorated. Ornamental and sometimes very elaborate daggers can be found in Dubai’s souks; a great souvenir reflecting the region’s customs.
Traditional Arab dress is also a popular souvenir for those wanting to take a piece of the Middle East home. Abayas, jalabiyas and kandouras are available to buy at souks and shopping malls alike.
Gold is very popular with tourists visiting Dubai. The Gold Souk is a must for those looking to buy jewellery at affordable prices.
Dubai’s souks have a huge variety of original and authentic souvenirs such as carpets, calligraphy art, scarves, Arabic oudh (perfume), wooden camels, jewellery boxes and glass perfume bottles.
Vials containing desert scenes made from coloured sand are also a good souvenir to take home.