Discovering More .... Dubai
The Fabric Souk on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek can easily be reached after a visit to the Dubai Museum (Walk 1, Hindu Lane leads to the Fabric souk) or from the Al Ghubaiba metro station.
The shops are often wholesaler only or will wish to sell the whole roll, but the range available is impressive. The fabrics are very colourful and often covered with heavy embroidery and jewels. The souk is busiest in the early evenings and many stores will be closed on Fridays as well as for a few hours in the afternoon
Within the Fabric Souk you will have to run the gauntlet of the pashmina and T-Shirt salesmen – if you want a shawl, or cheap T-shirts, then you will have lots to choose from – but do haggle
You can also buy some souvenirs and Arab clothing, Pakistani and Indian saris and salwar kameez, the traditional baggy shirt and trouser outfits worn in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
In amongst these shops is the entrance to the Bayt Al Wakeel Grill. You can just stop for a freshly made fruit juice or have a full meal. Though, if a tour party has just arrived you might find it difficult to get a seat. There is a balcony that is built over the creek and it is an excellent place to watch all the activity on the water. This house was built in 1934 as the first commercial office building on the Creek and was used as an office by Grey Mackenzie.
Bayt Al Wakeel Grill – by the Creek
At the other end of the Fabric Souk you will find the Abra Station. If you are interested, around the back of the Fabric Souk you can find the Iranian Mosque - very different in design to those usually seen in Dubai.