Arabian Perfume Shop ~ UAE

An Arabian perfume shop in a local souk in Dubai, UAE.


The strong and spicy fragrances of Arabic perfumes come from a combination of incense and oils but without the alcohol base that is normally used in Western perfumes.

The word perfume derives from the Latin “per fume” meaning ‘through smoke’. Perfume in ancient times was used in the form of incense or burning oil made from natural products like rose, jasmine, lilies, sandal wood, musk and citrus fruits. The oil from the flowers were extracted by distillation, evaporation and filtration, a traditional process still used today in the Arab world.

These strong oily perfumes are usually burned and the smell from the smoke that emanates linger around the house, on the clothes and on the skin for many hours.

This shot was taken in a ‘local traditional souk‘ (more of a modernized indoor souk) in Dubai, UAE.


  • Michael Hodson

    must have been a tough exposure on this one. High ISO?

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Yes it was a dark place. I used 640 ISO which is still ok (low noise).

  • Sophie

    Cool photo! It’s not the souk in Wafi, is it?

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Sophie!
      No it’s the souk near the Burj Al Arab. Madinat Jumeirah Souk.

  • Erica

    Oh WOW! I love the details in this. The shop is definitely a place that I should not be allowed in due to my klutzy nature.

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Haha! Thanks Erica.

  • Brian Furbush

    Lot going on in this photo to say the least! Love the comp though and the varied colors – great shot Dan.

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you Brian. Yeah busy detailed shot but I like the mood.

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  • http://none Danielle

    I know nothing about photography but this is a very lovely photograph, and a beautiful choice in subject matter. You are very talented. I have shared it on my facebook.