A Garden Of Golden Delights

JAMES DAVIS/EYE UBIQUITOUS

Plenty of places lay claim to the name City of Gold, but Dubai is clearly qualified for the title. This desert emirate is home to the densest concentration of gold dealers in the world — 250 of them are crammed into a half-sq-km area of fairy-tale opulence known as the Gold Souq. Reached through a wooden lattice gateway off Al-Ahmadiya Street in the old quarter of Deira, the shops of the souq jangle with glittering wares, ranging from discreet chains and dainty earrings to clunky bangles, collars and belts. The selection is broad enough to suit all tastes, from pure gold...

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