This isn’t a mall. Make no mistake. This isn’t a polished tourist’s version of a souq built a couple of years ago. This is a rundown, very old, legit souq. So prepare to haggle. The more you look like a tourist, the more you must haggle. Bring out any Arabic or Indian languages you may know. If you don’t know any, break your English down. No one has the time for full sentences.
Do you know why malls do so well? They organize and categorize. They sprinkle a few coffee shops between stores for munchies and strategically place restrooms at the right intervals. It’s never too warm or too cold. Changing rooms don’t feel creepy. This place has none of that.
Souqs have their perks. They are cheap! And though you have to wade through a sea of nothing, when you find something, it isn’t something every store in the mall is selling. You will first be hit with a lot of tackiness. Rows of watches, perfumes, deodorants, textiles which are no good.