Dubai’s souks and markets offer a cornucopia of diamonds and other precious gemstones sourced from the sun-drenched interiors of India and Africa, but it’s gold that the Emirate is most famous for, earning itself the moniker ‘City of Gold’, owing both to its great prosperity and the amount of gold available, sold not only as jewellery, but also in ingots, bars and kilos.
From sleek international brands in elegant malls to hole-in-the-wall traders there are so many different ways to buy jewellery in Dubai.
The Deira Gold Souk is the central artery leading to the heart of Dubai’s gold trade. This traditional market in Old Dubai holds crowded showcases in which refined designs are arrayed in white, rose, yellow or green gold, from bangles to necklaces. With over 400 shops offering endless arrangements of Arabic and Indian styled pieces you might be a little overwhelmed. One of the more popular is Joyalukkas, a company of Indian origin hailed as the ‘world’s favourite jeweller’ and filled with a dragon’s horde of jewellery whose high-quality designs range from chic contemporary to old school classical. The stores and traders within the gold souk are regulated by the government so you can be sure that you’re buying a genuine article. That being said, it is still good practice to always check the shop is registered and to track the price of gold on the day of purchase. Haggling is also very common, so be prepared to wrestle with the quoted price after your selection has been weighed.
If the garrulous atmosphere in the Gold Souk is not to your taste, the Gold and Diamond Park is a more modernised speciality mall with 90 retailers and an elegant courtyard of cafés and restaurants. There you’ll find a glittering abundance of gold, silver and precious stone jewellery, including a plethora of Arab, Indian and custom-made designs. If you want to have something specially made speak to one of the salesmen and you’ll be whisked to the artisan workshops behind the park where the real magic happens. Gold is priced at the market rate and there is a fixed hourly rate for the making, but of course the more intricate, the more work and the more expensive.
Then there are the more international brands that have a strong presence in Dubai. Tucked away in The Dubai Mall you’ll find everyone from Italian luxury boutique, Damiani to Cartier, Chopard and Van Cleef & Arpels. If you’re looking for something a little more personal, La Marquise has several stores in the city, including one in the mall. They offer bespoke services and help to edify the whole process of jewellery making, starting with technical sketches and guiding you through the journey, from melting and casting to setting and final polishing.
In Dubai the often-daunting task of finding the perfect jewellery item is made easy. There are always experts on-hand to assist you whether you’re after an engagement or looking for something a little more bespoke.
Stay at the Jumeirah properties in Dubai to easily reach the souks, markets and malls on your jewellery buying trip.