I love jewelry so if I see anything gold it catches my eye. While waiting for our coach from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, I wandered off and bumped into The Gold ATM. Oh yeah, you read it right. I was immediately intimidated by how much the prices were so I didn't even look and just took a picture. Then I turned to walk back to my friends and saw a gold car in the same lobby. I immediately thought to myself "I don't think I brought enough spending money." To my surprise, I was ok! The conversion at the time I went was 3.67 Dirham to 1 USD. Phew!
I was a little nervous because on my "must see" list was the Gold Souk in Deira which is known for beautiful gold jewelry. Prior to visiting the souk. I asked some of the locals what they thought of it and where I should go to buy certain pieces and I was told ANYWHERE! I didn't understand until they explained that you can haggle at the gold shops and it's cheaper than the US. It was like music to my ears. I was able to score three pairs of 18K gold earrings and a custom made bracelet with "Mel" in Arabic for an equivalent of $390. Not bad!
For those who would like to visit:
Gold Souk in Deira (Dubai)
Gold Souk (Abu Dhabi)