Do you want a crash course in foreign languages? Go for shopping at Dubai's Deira Souq. Salesmen at the Souq are capable of conversing with foreigners in multiple languages.
Deira souq, Dubai
09 November 2020, 12:00 AM
30 November 2020, 12:00 AM
If you are planning to have a slice of authentic Arab open-air shopping experience, visiting the quaint old Deira Spice Souq across the Dubai Creek in Al Ras District is a must.
Walking through the narrow by-lanes of the souq feast on the rainbow sights of traditional spices — indigo, sulphur, saffron — dried flower petals and intricately embroidered shawls and satin fabrics on display. More importantly, tune into the sounds of the souq and it will surprise you to hear a multilingual cacophony.
The young Asian traders from the spice souq, though mostly educated up to high school have been resourceful enough to pick up the languages of the world. The salesmen have perfected the art of wooing their customers through the lingua route and are winning hearts.
It is interesting to watch this live multilingual experiment as young salesmen have fine-tuned an important sales pitch of being one with the client, giving him a totally relaxed shopping experience, speaking in his native language.
The souq at peak time is buzzing with a cosmopolitan ethos where traders easily slip from Mandarin and Tagalog to German, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
What’s more, the young boys have honed the art of translation to perfection as they have picked up different dialects of Spanish spoken in Latin American countries and Spain, or German spoken in Austria and Switzerland as opposed to pure German accent.