Shopping can always be fun, but when it come to shopping in Abu Dhabi it is more than fun – it is super fun with very low import duties, great prices, excellent choice, and comfortable air-conditioned shopping malls. But what makes the experience of shopping in Abu Dhabi better than the best is that you can bargain to your heart’s content. And bargaining is a great ritual that takes place between the buyer and the seller.
The United Arab Emirates is famous as one of the best places to buy gold, and therefore, you will find Gold Souks all over the UAE. The price does fluctuate as it is dependent on the daily international gold rate. You can find extremely good jewelry in the Madinat Zayed Gold Center. It ranges from yellow gold to white gold and from pearls to semi-precious stones. But, you should be a good bargainer to call for a good price when shopping in Abu Dhabi.
The best part of the year for shopping in Abu Dhabi is during the month of March when the famous Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival is held every year. It is also the time when all the shopping malls conduct lotteries, lucky dips, and prizes. People all over the world come to Abu Dhabi for buying gold, electronic goods, clothes and perfumes. All the prestigious and international brands are available here.
The best place for shopping in Abu Dhabi is the famous Old Souk. The Old souk and other shops are contained in big modern air-conditioned malls or plazas. You can practically find everything here under one roof – from a hair pin to a car. You can have an absolutely wonderful experience shopping here. No shopping in Abu Dhabi is complete without experiencing the sheer delight of shopping at the Duty Free Shop in Abu Dhabi’s International Airport.
There are over 18 shopping malls and shopping plazas in the city of Abu Dhabi. Two of the biggest shopping malls in the city are Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall. The Marina Mall is located on the Corniche near the Emirates palace and it has more than 160 shops. The Abu Dhabi Mall has more than 220 shops, more than 40 food outlets, a six screen cinema and a supermarket. You can let your wife do the shopping while you take in a movie.
Al Ain also has a number of shopping malls, but the best mall is the Al Ain Mall. All international brands are sold here. The Mall boasts of 25 food outlets. But, the most popular places in the mall are the Ice Skating Rink, the Bowling Alley, and a four screen cinema.
For shopping in Abu Dhabi, most of the shopping malls are open from 10.00 am. to 10.00 pm. from Saturday to Wednesday. On Thursdays, it is open from 10.00 am. to 11.00 pm. On Fridays the shops are open from 2.00 pm. to 11.00 pm. Most of the food outlets and eateries are open till 1.00 am. All the standalone shops are closed for lunch from 2.00 pm. to 4.00 pm. and they remain open in the evenings till 10.00 or11.00 pm.
Now that you know all the ins and outs of shopping in Abu Dhabi, get set for an exciting round of shopping. Happy shopping!