Souk Mad­i­nat

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This or­nate, wood-roofed, air con­di­tioned, faux-souk mall has a fair few treats in store, so don’t miss it. Have your driver drop you off and en­ter through the main doors. The souk is maze-like, so keep your wits about you, lest you waste valu­able shop­ping time get­ting lost. Head straight up the main al­ley to find on your left the elab­o­rate gates to the lovely Ma­rina / 368 6050 / (see Stand­out Home) for choice In­dian home­wares, an­tiques, crewel-work and oc­ca­sion­ally bling furny. Exit out of the side en­trance, turn left and at the end of the al­ley, be­hind Ma­rina, you’ll see Na­tional Ira­nian Car­pets (N.I.C) (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping). You’ll have to hock your house to buy some of th­ese spec­tac­u­lar wo­ven ba­bies. Next door on the left is Miri / 368 6609 / for ex­cel­lent jewel-coloured crewel-work tex­tiles, throws and bed­spreads. Exit Miri, head left past N.I.C and fol­low your nose to the rav­ish­ing and ex­otic fra­grances of Ab­dul Sa­mad Al Qurashi / 368 6050 / asq­grp.com / Saudi Ara­bian mas­ter of mys­te­ri­ous aoud, am­ber and heady Ara­bian per­fumes. Freshly scented? Exit, turn right and head past Panacea Phar­macy, and im­me­di­ately left through the lit­tle con­nect­ing cor­ri­dor with court­yards ei­ther side, and take the left turn. This brings you out in the back sec­tion of the Souk. Fol­low the main al­ley round to the right, half­way down, keep a look­out for the mini Orig­i­nal Elite Trad­ing mar­ket cart / 261 7973 / for hand­made, hand-cut olive oil soap from Le­banon. Riv­ing­ton Grill (see Rest./Smart) and The Agency (see Bars) are fur­ther down on your left, opp. Ital­ian fur em­po­rium Braschi / 454 8778 / braschidubai.com. Keep round the al­ley, past Sun and Sand Sports to the theatre on your left, turn left here down the main aisle, and at the bot­tom on the left you’ll find smart lo­cal prints and pho­tos at Gallery One / 368 6055 / g-1.com. Bear left to find speedy Noo­dle House / 366 6730 / (see Rest./Re­laxed), or right to find your­self back at Ma­rina, clever kit­ten. Pecky? Cir­cle back to your right for sin­ful Vivel Patis­serie / 368 6006, mm­m­mac­arons and all kinds of Ara­bic sweet­meats, sug­ar­buns...

Mad­i­nat Jumeirah / Jumeirah Beach Rd / opens 11am on Fri

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