SHOPPING

SHOPPING IN ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi is home to ultra-modern shopping malls, traditional souks and a host of retailers in between. It’s a haven for shoppers of all stripes, with everything from upmarket designer boutiques to markets where bargaining is practically a competitive sport. Spanning these two extremes is an eclectic assortment of handcrafts, artisanal goods and local sweets and treats. Let our concierge know if you’re looking for a particular product, and we’ll point you in the right direction.

SHOPPING MALLS

Abu Dhabi’s forward brigade has gifted the emirate with a prized collection of sophisticated shopping malls. These include Marina Mall, with its famous Sky Tower, and the long-established Abu Dhabi Mall. Next-door to Ferrari World, Yas Mall is a popular pit stop after a day at the parks.

For more upmarket offerings, consider Avenue at Etihad Towers, Nation Galleria or Paris Avenue. Meanwhile, Galleria at Maryah Island is in a class of its own, with vaulted ceilings and a stunning roofline housing a collection of boutiques by the world’s best-known fashion designers.

TRADITIONAL SOUKS

Haggling their way through Abu Dhabi’s colourful souks is something of a guilty pleasure for many visitors. A particularly popular place to do this is the Carpet Souk (sometimes called the Afghan Souk) near Dhow Harbour. Al Meena hosts souks where you can shop for fresh produce and seafood, while the Iranian Souk features everything from pots and pans to pillows and potted plants. Other famous markets include the World Trade Centre Souk, Gold Souk, Khalifa Centre and Souk Qaryat Al Beri.

HANDICRAFTS

Abu Dhabi's vibrant culture and traditions are on full display at the emirate’s many artisan workshops and craft boutiques. At the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village you can shop for traditional handicrafts made by local craftspeople. There’s also the Women’s Handicraft Centre – a government-run operation – and a delightful assortment of ceramics, textiles and other arts and crafts at Eclectic in the Amanah Tower. For a more souk-like environment, head to the Yas Island on Saturdays for the weekly crafts market.