Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Jessica Peterson

The newly built, old-style Souk Madinat Jumeirah was one of my favorite spots in Dubai, even if it screamed “Epcot.” Lusting over turquoise from Afghanistan (expensive), admiring the Burj Al Arab in the distance, and gazing at gondolas gliding up the canal was a perfect way to spend a hot and lazy afternoon. This attraction is just one more example of how Dubai tempers materialistic extravagance with retro-leaning regional motifs. Color me impressed.

courtyard tables H hi

jess fountain V 2 hi

hallway V hi

henna process V hi

lanterns H hi

door V hi dresses H hi

hookahs V hi

jess pants lattice V hi

furs window V hi

hotel H hi

hall elephant V hi

afgani jewelry 1 H hi

castle H hi

jess cat V hi

burj al arab V hi

thatch roof V hi

gondolas H hi

canal gondola H hi

jess bench V 1

Shirt: J. Crew.  Pants: Loft (similar).  Sandals: Macy’s (similar for $4!).  Earrings: Forever 21 (similar).  Cuff: Forever 21 (similar).


  1. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    February 17, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Gorgeous photographs! 😀 I will make sure to check out this souk when I visit Dubai 😀

  2. Vedithaa Venkat
    Vedithaa VenkatReply
    June 20, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Wow I really love reading your blogs
    youve got amazing pix

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