Longing to shop in a luxurious and opulent place? Then plan a trip to Abu Dhabi – truly a shoppers’ dreamland. But when you travel to Abu Dhabi, you cannot avoid splurging because it has so much to offer! Starting from exclusive boutiques, huge malls, unique shops with curated and handmade things to bustling marketplaces; this has something for each visitor. What’s more? Most of the malls are attached to high-end hotels and that makes it so easy to step out and shop. Though these massive malls in the Emirates house everything that you might need to the latest global trends, the Abu Dhabi souks mirror its beautiful traditions and culture. Wondering what are ‘souks’? These are traditional Arabic markets that sell traditional and authentic Arabic products.
To make it easier for you, here is an extensive shopping guide for Abu Dhabi, in a nutshell, you get to know what to expect in different places and the best recommendations. So let’s get started!
Where to look for luxury brands?
Situated on the Al Marayah Island in Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District, this extravagant and dazzling waterfront complex houses over 130 top brands like Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Pucci, and Balenciaga. The impressive structure made with sculptured high ceilings, plush interiors, and two amazing food courts, definitely make this a pleasurable place to visit and shop. So head to the Galleria, if you’re looking for couture and luxury brands.
Avenue at Etihad Towers
Popular as “a boutique lifestyle destination”, this plush mall features 34 prominent luxury brands and is situated in one of Abu Dhabi’s most sophisticated and iconic landmarks.
This dramatically lavish mall is home to some of the most affluent and exclusive collections, boutiques, and brands such as Cartier, Rolex, Givenchy, Tom Ford, Versace, Lanvin, Hermès and Chloé. The cherry on the cake is that most of the stores in this mall also have luxurious private rooms making it’s a luxury shoppers’ paradise.
Looking for an upmarket mall to add some ensembles from high-end brands? Head to Nation Galleria located at the foot of the twin Nation towers. This luxurious mall houses an exquisite selection of elegant and posh boutiques with lavish cafés and restaurants. The mishmash of its classy ambience and spectacular terrace views have helped it in becoming one of Abu Dhabi’s prime social venues. It is home to shop brands like Lamborghini, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Porsche Design, and Villeroy and Boch in Nation Galleria.
Keen for Bargain Hunting? Hamdan Center is your go-to place
Have you heard of bartering? The best bet for a bargain in Abu Dhabi is to try bartering at the Hamdan Center. It’s a hub of amazing picks like leather goods, stylish shoes, and decorative items and souvenirs at reasonable prices. The shopkeepers here are open to bargain so you can try your negotiation skills here. If at any point you wish to keep a tab on the budget, then prefer to lock in the current exchange rate, this aide you to stay on top of your spending.
Want to club Shopping and Eating out? Head to the Yas Mall
Imagine a shopping trip ending with a scrumptious lunch. Yas Mall is situated along the breakwater on the famous Corniche Road. Get on here to shop from global brands like Zara, Michael Kors, Guess, etc., and experience fine-dining in a host of restaurants. There are a variety of dining options like fast-food, global cuisines such as Cheesecake Factory, Carluccio’s, Chili’s, and many more.
Souks – An authentic market experience
To have a shopping experience other than the Abu Dhabi malls, plan a visit to the souks. The vibrant Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk and adjoining Fish Souk offer an amazing view of their life, culture, and traditions. Many other souks offer numerous options for gift and souvenir shopping and plus point; you can also try your bargaining skills here. The Al Ain Souk also called the Central or Old Souk has traders selling everything in the middle of town. Want to add some colourful rugs in your living room? The Carpet Souk is the best place to negotiate and buy carpets and cushion covers, while Souk Al Bawadi is the place to go if you’re buying traditional gifts. The Souk Al Zafarana has everything from fragrances, incense to clothing. However, if you need a contemporary look on the Abu Dhabi market, then visit the World Trade Centre Souk, where you could shop for traditional wares and things presented in a classy modern setting. For buying gold, precious stones and metals, visit the Madinat Zayed Shopping and Gold Centre.
Abu Dhabi gives you a once-in-a-lifetime shopping experience as it is a hub to the renowned global brands. Get set to own some invaluable possessions and few memorable shopping experiences.