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Shopping

Sadly, many of Abu Dhabi's traditional souqs have gone the way of the dodo. On the other hand, you'll still find plenty of small boutiques selling old-world goods such as spices, perfumes, carpets, and ceramics. In similar, family-owned workshops, tailors can create suits for you for great prices. The city also boasts a handful of fine, high-tech shopping centers such as Marina Mall. Shopping tourists come from all over the world, partially because of the airport's duty-free complex, one of the best on earth.

Emiratis shop day and night Abu Dhabi, meaning that most establishments remain open from 10am–10pm Only in smaller markets and stores will you have to bargain; everywhere else ought to have fixed prices. The clerk who will follow you around the store has two purposes: he's trying to provide what's thought of as good service here, and two, he's trying to prevent shoplifting, which is a bit of a local problem.


Major Shopping Districts

Hamdan Street

Abu Dhabi's social elite heads here to browse luxurious jewelry showrooms for gold, pearls, and diamond products; Western fashion outlets; and expensive perfumeries. Hotels such as the Sands incorporate mini-malls.

Ras al-Akhdar

Against a backdrop of cruising dhows and crystal-blue Gulf waves, the southwest promontory offers all manner of tribal and old-world shopping options. The Iranian Souk near the Dhow Harbor sells authentic Persian rugs, incense, and souvenirs. At the Emirates Heritage Village you can admire the craftspeople hard at work carving, weaving, and stitching before you purchase their products. The Marina Mall contains traditional perfumeries such as Grand Stores and a great food court where you can take a lunch break from your frenzy of consumerism.

The Corniche

This awe-inspiring beach walkway also houses some of Abu Dhabi's finest traditional rug emporia. Craftsmen here create rugs in Arabian, Persian, and North African styles using techniques that have barely changed in centuries. As a result, this shopping district tends to be popular with tourists keen to snatch up a bargain.


Retail Outlets

Fashion and Design

King Star Textiles

Traditional women's clothing
Madinat Zayed Shopping Center, first floor
Abu DhabiTel: [971] (2) 634 9122

OK Furniture

Sheikh Zayed First Street
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 678 4553
Web: okfurniture.com/index.php

Rakbak

Perfumes
Heirs of Hussain Ali al-Omairah Building
King Khalid bin Abdel Aziz Street, 
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 213 0000

AD Performance

Jewelry
Musssafah Industrial Street, Store #56, 94955
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 555 1489
Web: www.ad-performance.com   

Jumbo

Souvenirs and gifts
Hamdan Street
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 632 7001
Web: www.jumbocorp.com

Emirates Divers Center

Diving equipment and accessories
31 Meena Street
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 643 2444
Web: www.emiratesdiving.com

Itqan

Antiques
Near Tourist Club Area
Arab Monetary Fund Building, fifth floor
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 634 9999

Noukies

Children's toys and gifts
Marina Shopping Mall
Corniche Street
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 681 0844
Web: www.noukies.com

Etoiles

Heritage arts and crafts
Emirates Palace Hotel
Corniche West
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 690 9000
Web: www.emiratespalace.com

The Souk at Qaryat Al Beri

Traditional market
Between Maqtaa and Musaffah Bridges, next to Shangri-La Hotel
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 558 1670
Web: www.soukqaryatalberi.com

Al Jamal Curtains

Curtains
Airport Road, Near SKMC Hospital
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 828 2523

Emirates Home

Housewares
Hamdan Road, behind Rainbow Streak
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 632 2253

Food and Beverages

Jones the Grocer

Local sweets and delicacies
Al-Mamoura Building B, Ground Floor 06/07
Muroor Road at 15th Street
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 44 38 762
Web: www.jonesthegrocer.com

United

Exotic spices
Shahama Old Quarter
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 503 9999

Bookstores

Jashanmal

Independent English-language bookstore
Abu Dhabi Mall
Tenth Street
Abu Dhabi
Tel: [971] (2) 644 3869
Web: www.jashanmalbooks.com