The Dubai Dairies: Shopping For Gold!
It used to be that going to foreign countries would mean you could find items that here in the U.S. would cost considerably more or could not be found at all.
The boundaries are gone and yet, there must be something that makes you glad you bought what you did when you did.
I had heard that olives in Turkey are worthy of bringing back. . .but hey, what if they break open. . . yuck! And you gotta be careful about customs, no? And so, when we visited Istanbul, I chose to forego the olives and focused on boxes of yummy Turkish Delight instead.
Same with Dubai. I had heard from friends that gold is early cheap in Dubai. It is. . .but, you have to haggle for it.
Whether or not you're ready to buy, a stroll through the meandering lanes of the Gold Souk (meaning "bazaar") is a must. . .just to soak in the atmosphere of shop windows glutting with 18, 21, 22 and 24 carat gold showing off the abundant riches of this part of the world.
The government keeps tight control over the quality of all the merchandise, so rest assured that your purchases will be genuine. If something in the window catches your fancy be sure to try your bargaining skills—let the vendor offer you the best discount to get the ball rolling. Gold is sold by weight according to the daily international price and so will be much the same as in the shops in malls—the price of the workmanship is where you will have more bargaining power.
Happy haggling. . . cha, cha, cha.