Many souvenirs bought by tourists are not produced in the country they’re meant to represent, but Dubai is taking steps to reclaim the economic boost and control the quality of products misleadingly passed off as traditional Emerati goods.
Come October, and tourists and residents in Dubai will not have to settle for Emirati souvenirs made in China that are at present available at the airport and in shopping malls.
A new traditional souq set to open in Deira will offer all that belongs to traditional Emirati life and they will be locally made.
Traditional food, clothes and perfumes, souvenirs of handicrafts, ornaments, carpets and photographs that depict pure Emirati culture will be available at the nearly Dh5.7million Al Fahidi Souk built in 4,600 sqm.
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Photo credit: Painted plates in a Dubai souq. Flickr