Discovering the sights and scents of the old Dubai

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by Maisaa Meqdadi

One of my favourite places in Dubai is the spice market inDeira (old Dubai). The first time I visited the market was 8 years ago, upon the recommendation of one of my Emirati friends. I was immediately overwhelmed with the infinite varieties of spices from India, Asia, Africa andall corners of theglobe. Their pungent aromas and textures hinted that everything was fresh and of the highest quality.

One of the spice market specialtiesare the vanilla sticks imported from Kenya, which comes at a very cheap price compared to the supermarkets.Another fine merchandisewhich I discovered in the spice market is the dried rose. They are imported from Iran and the Middle East. I use lot of it to garnish my sweet recipes. Now I can't imagine living without them, as they add a charming and whimsical touch to all my desserts.

When my family and friends come to visit me in Dubai, the Deira market tops the list of must-see destinations.

We start by discovering the Gold Souq, followed by the textile market. We always end it with a shopping spree at the spice market with the last stop being a drink of refreshing fresh coconut water as we leave the market to take the abraacross to BurDubai.

I now recommend this expedition to everyone and I am sure you’d enjoy it as much as I do.

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