Meena Bazaar: A slice of India in Dubai

Meena, or Mina Bazaar is home to some of the oldest and biggest gold and textile stores selling and displaying predominantly South Asian wares. Photos by Dhes Handumon



Thousands of shoppers and traders who crowd the narrow, crooked streets of Meena Bazaar will narrate the same tale.  Photo by Dhes Handumon
Thousands of shoppers and traders who crowd the narrow, crooked streets of Meena Bazaar will narrate the same tale. Photo by Dhes Handumon
The shopping district is located between Al Fahidi, Al Musalla and Al Ghubaiba streets.  Photo by Dhes Handumon
The shopping district is located between Al Fahidi, Al Musalla and Al Ghubaiba streets. Photo by Dhes Handumon
Shops are lined with exotic jewellery and textile stores that showcase embroideries with zari and brocades.Photo by Dhes Handumon
Shops are lined with exotic jewellery and textile stores that showcase embroideries with zari and brocades.Photo by Dhes Handumon
Nestled in between these elaborately designed gold and textile stores, there is a massive line of shops selling faux leather bags, perfumes and designer shoes.  Photo by Dhes Handumon
Nestled in between these elaborately designed gold and textile stores, there is a massive line of shops selling faux leather bags, perfumes and designer shoes. Photo by Dhes Handumon
Given its narrow lanes, the streets are also home to traffic snarls, empty hole in the wall stores, and the sight of men pushing handcarts to deliver goods are also ubiquitous.  Photo by Dhes Handumon
Given its narrow lanes, the streets are also home to traffic snarls, empty hole in the wall stores, and the sight of men pushing handcarts to deliver goods are also ubiquitous. Photo by Dhes Handumon
Named after the Mughal-era shopping district near Delhi’s Red Fort, Dubai’s ‘little India’ was also intended to be a spot for the entertainment of women, according to some of the oldest residents in the area.   Photo by Dhes Handumon
Named after the Mughal-era shopping district near Delhi’s Red Fort, Dubai’s ‘little India’ was also intended to be a spot for the entertainment of women, according to some of the oldest residents in the area. Photo by Dhes Handumon
Right from the time you take a left-turn from Al Fahidi street to enter Meena Bazaar, it feels like you have been transported into a shopping district in India.  Photo by Dhes Handumon
Right from the time you take a left-turn from Al Fahidi street to enter Meena Bazaar, it feels like you have been transported into a shopping district in India. Photo by Dhes Handumon
Aside from the massive gold and textile stores, it is the nondescript little hole in the wall shops selling jasmine flowers, incense sticks and trinkets that genuinely add a South Asian flair to Meena Bazaar.  Photo by Dhes Handumon
Aside from the massive gold and textile stores, it is the nondescript little hole in the wall shops selling jasmine flowers, incense sticks and trinkets that genuinely add a South Asian flair to Meena Bazaar. Photo by Dhes Handumon

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