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

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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).

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Gorgeous photographs! 😀 I will make sure to check out this souk when I visit Dubai 😀

  • Vedithaa Venkat

    Wow I really love reading your blogs
    youve got amazing pix