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Did you ever wonder what made the Arabian lands so exotic? Well, here is the answer – perfumes. With this you’d probably conjure up a slightly floral or fruity based fragrance. But this is not the case with the Middle East. The perfumes in this region are spicy and strong. It is a part of their lifestyle and culture. You will find a sharp fragrance in every room or tent in the Middle East. This touch of piquant aromas makes their perfumes seductive and alluring. The best place to buy Arab perfumes is at the Dubai perfume souk. You can walk from shop to shop savoring the stimulating scents and at the same watch people bargain over their purchases.
The Dubai perfume souk is located on Sikka Al Khail Street on the Deira side of Dubai. Most people perceive that perfumes are light and flowery. Such perfumes are Western creations and they leave subtle overtones about a person. Since Arab perfumes are strong, the scent still lingers for a long time even after a person is not sitting or standing next to you. This lingering trail leaves a mark in your life and remains fresh in your memory. Such is the specialty of the fragrances at the Dubai perfume souk. At the souk, you will not just find traditional Arabian ittar, but also branded and designer perfumes from around the world. The perfume jars filled with a multitude of fragrances look extremely attractive and inviting.
At the perfume souk, you will find thousands of scents. You can take your pick depending on your taste or well, on your “olfactory senses”. If you think that none of the fragrances suit you, then you can ask the shop owner to create an all-new scent that will suit you beautifully. The custom-made aromas are mixed taking into account your skin as well as personality type. This was once considered a luxury and now you can proudly walk out of the store with a signature scent. This is an entirely new experience by far; not the same as buying perfumes in shopping malls.
Unlike regular perfume stores in malls, shopkeepers give you a whiff of the fragrances you want to look at through incense. You will not see any local sampling fragrances in a ‘spray by’ manner. In addition to perfumes, you can also buy incense at the Dubai perfume souk. They are sold in the form of sticks, powder, crystal, rock, and wood. Arabian perfumes are oil based and they tend to leave a stain when sprayed on clothes. So be careful and make sure you don’t do so. The perfumes are well priced and you can buy several bottles if you know how to haggle.
Frankincense is the most popular incense and is available in every store at the Dubai perfume souk. Breathe in the aromatic creations and imbibe within you their cultural significance. It’s not just a perfume; it’s your personality that is wafting like an aura.