Retail therapy is a popular pastime in the UAE and a great visitor experience. From modern malls to traditional souks – we’ve got retail covered. Top visitor picks are date produce, perfumes, jewellery and handicrafts. Here are some of the top places to go:
Abu Dhabi Mall
Large and impressive. Top brands mix with local brands with a great array of cafes and meeting stops.
Al Wahda Mall
Top international brands, lively interiors and a unique sunroof
The retail heart of this fashionable area it lives up to its setting
Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Small shops with traditional goods, perfumeries, chocolates, jewellery, clothing and restaurants galore in a waterside setting
Built on the site of Abu Dhabi’s original souk which burnt down – this recreates souk shopping in a bang up-to-date atmosphere.
Close to the port this sells goods arriving by dhow from nearby countries. Expect the unusual, particularly the ornately decorated .
A feast for the eyes and the camera. Visit early in the morning when the boats arrive with their fresh catch.
The biggest gathering is in Madinat Zayed Gold Market. Designs cater to a range of tastes and the prices are incomparable.
Again near the port – an Aladdin’s cave of carpets from Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran.
The city’s retail flagship. Modern, bright and a vast array of shops from perfumeries to haute couture.