Al_Souk_Al_Kabir Latitude and Longitude:

25°15′44″N 55°17′40″E / 25.26216°N 55.29436°E / 25.26216; 55.29436
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Al Souk Al Kabir
السوق الكبير
A busy street in Al Souk Al Kabir
A busy street in Al Souk Al Kabir
Coordinates: 25°15′44″N 55°17′40″E / 25.26216°N 55.29436°E / 25.26216; 55.29436
Country United Arab Emirates
Emirate Dubai
City Dubai
 • Total0.855 km2 (0.330 sq mi)
 (2000) [1]
 • Total26,405
 • Density31,000/km2 (80,000/sq mi)
Community number312

Al Souk Al Kabir ( Arabic: السوق الكبير), also referred to as Souk Al Kabir or Meena Bazaar, is a community in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Al Souk Al Kabir is located in the area of Bur Dubai and is one of the oldest residential areas in the city with a predominantly South Asian population, restaurants and shops. The locality, referred to as Meena Bazaar by the local Pakistani and Indian community, also encompasses the historic Al Bastakiya district of Dubai.

Al Souk Al Kabir, literally meaning The Big Market, saw an influx of traders from India in the early 20th century who eventually settled in the area.

Important landmarks in Al Souk Al Kabir include the Al Bastakiya district, Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum, Bank of Baroda and the Hindu temple of Dubai.


Bur Dubai (in Arabic: بر دبي) translates to 'Mainland Dubai' and is the oldest historical neighborhood of Dubai. Al Souq Al Khabir (Meena Bazaar) is located in the north of the area, close to Dubai Creek. The Bani Yas tribe settled here in the 19th century, whom were of Najdi origin in modern-day Saudi Arabia. Dubai creek served as a minor port for dhows, a traditional wooden boat, coming from India and East Africa. This area also played an important part in Dubai's pearl and fishing industry. [2]

Modern times

The area is well known for its many textile shops and markets, predominantly selling South Asian fashion and accessories. [3] Amongst the majority of textile shops are tailors, gold shops, electronics and other small businesses. There are also various food outlets, restaurants and cafes.

Two key roads called Cosmos Lane, its original name since the early 1970s, before becoming more popularly named 'Meena Bazaar' and Al Fahidi Street attract shoppers.



  1. ^ Existing Population and Future Holding Capacities in Dubai Urban Area (2000) Archived 2008-09-11 at the Wayback Machine. Dubai Healthcare City. 2000
  2. ^ Terterov, Marat (2006). Doing Business with the United Arab Emirates. GMB Publishing Ltd. ISBN  978-1-905050-72-7.
  3. ^ B, Danni (2022-01-06). "Guide to shopping in 'Little India' Meena Bazaar Dubai". Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  4. ^ T, Efficient (2024-05-28). "Introduction and History of Meena Bazaar". Retrieved 2024-05-28.