Shopping in Abu Dhabi is unlike anywhere else and an experience in and of itself. Luxury boutiques offer world-class shopping, but be sure not to overlook the malls. These decadent hubs offer some great shopping opportunities. Rustic town markets offer a unique shopping experience for the more adventurous traveler. Here are the best Abu Dhabi shopping locales for your next vacation in the Middle East.
For a premier mall shopping experience, visit the Marina Mall. This stunning shopping site is in one of the most photo-worthy areas of the city. The mall hugs the water on Corniche road and offers spectacular views of the area. The Marina Mall houses over 400 stores. International fashion, fine dining, entertainment stores, and leisure activities can all be found here.
When you wish to take a break from shopping in Abu Dhabi, you can indulge in ice-skating, roller coaster riding, or just catching the latest blockbuster movie at the in-mall theater. There’s even a bowling alley! You can spend an entire holiday at the mall eating, shopping, and playing. The killer views of the sea and city from the sky tower are not to be missed, either.
If you prefer luxury boutiques or are on the hunt for the latest collection from your favorite fashion house, head to the Avenue at Etihad Towers. Personalized service and bespoke tailoring are the norms at this opulent Abu Dhabi shopping center. The shops are spread out over two floors in the tower. Discerning men and women will find the latest fashion trends here. The luxury retail portfolio at Avenue includes the first and only Stephane Rolland store. The Avenue is the only shopping center in Abu Dhabi where one can find A. Lange &Söhne, Hermès, and Chloé, plus several other notable brands.
The Galleria is one of the newest luxury shopping experiences to open in Abu Dhabi. The stunning curved roof is made entirely of glass and gives the place a very open feel. Find your favorite luxury brands here, such as Tiffany & Co. and Tag Heuer. Fendi, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and so much more await shoppers at this modern and ultra stylish shopping oasis. Between stores take a break at one of the fine dining establishments available for discerning patrons to enjoy. A huge variety of local and international cuisine prepared by world-class chefs awaits you.
Souk Central Market
For those seeking locally made goods or who want to experience what shopping is like for the locals, visit Souk Central Market. This shopping center has been built on the same spot as Abu Dhabi’s first souk. (A souk is a traditional Arabic open-air shopping market.) This bustling shopping area is a great way to interact with locals and find unique, locally made items. Charming antiques, a variety of handicrafts, perfume, and much more are available for purchase. While the souk is a very traditional market, this Central Market has a modern feel to it. You can still haggle and barter but will do so in a setting that features stained glass windows, lattice furnishings, and nicely furnished interiors. Personal services, such as manicures and pedicures, as well as dining, are also available at Souk Central Market.
While you might be thousands of miles away from the top fashion houses of Europe, luxury opportunities when shopping in Abu Dhabi abound. So, what are your favorite locales for Abu Dhabi shopping? The next time you are in the region be sure to visit one of the most exciting car attractions with a trip to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi