Souk is the Arabic word of market or place where any kind of goods are bought or exchanged.
There are different souks:
Before we had a very nice traditional Old Central Souk: Sheikh Hamdan Street.where you can find souviners and other very cheap stuf. The goverment decided to renew the Souq and to build it as the attached design.
Acutly the AD Souk is not yet finished but it will be acomplished within few years Y 2011. However, you can go to the rest of souk like al meana, fish Market, Iranian Market..etc.
What to buy: Fish Market: at Al Meena area you can buy fresh fish, lobaster, shrims...etc there also you can ask the seller to grill what you choose.
Iranian Souk: at Al Meena area you will have a wide range of goods of very cheap rate pargain as much as you can.
Meena Souk: at Al Meena Road you can buy carpets, rugs,cookware,..etc
Fish, Meat & produce Souk: Between Al Istiglal and Al Nasr street.
Mwaifa Souk: Sheikh Khlifa Bin Zayed Souk.
What to pay: You have to use either US dollar or UAE dirhams mostly people use the UAE Dirhams currency.
The Al Raha Shopping Mall located adjacent to the beautifully landscaped Al Raha Hotel and Resort and the Al Raha Beach Villa Complex.Al Raha area is the gateway to the city of Abu Dhabi.
Al Raha Mall situated in the idyllic Al Raha beach enchanting beach front for fun and frolic.The Mall has three levels and house more than 100 outlets with brands of international repute and also feature a Lulu hypermarket. Morover, an extensive food court with more than 25 multicuisine outlets fo fine dining with a choice of restaurants.
What to buy: Cloths, Accessorise, Electronics, Grocery..etc
Jewellery, clothes, top of the range make-up and perfumes and a well-stocked book shop. Food court on the second level, plus coffee shop open until midnight.
Now the mall converted to a furniture, household and accesories shop called HomeCenter
What to buy: Furniture and accessoris
Two shopping center beside each other one has various ttype of shops and the second one is mainly for gold and furniture. The building is an Arabic Islamic style.The Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre and Gold Centre is a vast retail complex. It offer shoppers an opportunity to shop in major international and local outlets for fashion, perfumes, cosmetics, shoes, watches, electronics, cafes , etc.
What to buy: You can find anything from gold to textiles, electrical goods, gifts, jewellery, perfume and food items.
What to pay: You must use cash few shops has the credit card facility while in Gold center most of the shops has it.
Al Muhairy Centre consists of 4 components; Residential Flats, offices, shopping mall and two levels of car parking.The retail complex four levels and overlooking Al Hosn Fort Cultural Foundation.
For the family entertainment FunWorld occupies the whole of the first floor of the shopping mall and introduces various entertainment games as well as educational entertainment for children. It also provides a Birthday Party Room and it has a coffee shop for
families. Dooby (the bear) is the official character of FunWorld.
What to buy: (Chocolate Factory, designer boutiques, travel agency, Fun World)
The development comprises a 30-storey hotel tower, three blocks of residential towers, a office tower on a 9-storey podium for retail and 3 levels of basement for carpark.
What to buy: The project still under construction
A two level shopping center, three residential towers and a hotel in the same building.
There are many shops ex. for childrens Adams, for ladies Marks & Spencer, My fair lady, Ocasions, Mansons, etc.
What to buy: Marks & Spencer has an impressive outlet in Fotouh Al Khair Centre also there are many shops like Pixi, Bendon ..etc .
There is also a wonderfull shoes shop called via spega I like to buy from there they have a very special uniqe designs.
Hamdan Centre - Open 1000-1330, 1700-2230 daily
Very busy most of the time. Sports stores, cheap shoes, boutiques, t-shirts and the multiplex Al Massa cinema (showing films in English & India) suitable for indian people.
What to buy: Sport cloths and shoes, sport equipments
Tel. 02 667 4675
This large supermarket has a very good supply of international groceries (including pork products in a separated area). Great place to shop for Asian cuisine, good French cheeses, Mediterranean dishes, large fresh produce selection, bakery, butcher, flower shop, cleaners, and card shop.
Tel. 02 681 2897
This is another favorite grocery for the serious chefs! It also has a good selection and caters to the expat community. Plenty pet food, imported goods and fresh produce.
Tel. 02 666 0610
Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society
Great for Indian and sub-continent cuisine. There are a number of them around town including:
- Al Noor Hospital, Khalifa St. Tel 02 626 4900
Open 24 hrs - in Abu Dhabi Mall
- In Electra Street (next to ADCB Bank) open 24 hrs Carrefour Hypermarket
- Marina Mall – Breakwater
Tel. 02 681 7100
- Airport Rd
Tel. 02 449 4300
Carrefour at Marina Mall has a great variety and selection of local, regional and international products including frozen foods. Convenient parking, AC, and flower shop.
What to buy: Grocery
Baby Shop (0-9 months) - 634-7012
Located on Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum St.t (Old Airport Road) in the block between Zayed the 2nd St. (Electra) and Al Falah St. Toys and clothing for infants and children.
Dana Plaza - 665-1333
Located on Zayed the 1st St. (Khalidiyah) in the block between 26th St. (Abdel Aziz) and Al Khaleej Al Arabi St. Children's shoes and Buster Brown brand clothing.
Mothercare - 681-2966
Located on 32nd St. in the blick between Corniche Road and Zayed the 1st St. (Khalidiyah). This is the larger of the two outlets. They carry clothing for children (0 to 8 years), toys, furniture, and strollers, including items from Mothercare, OshKosh, and Baby B'Bosh.
Mothercare - 621-9700
Located in the Next Building on Najda St. (6th) in the block between Hamdan bin Mohammed St. and Zayed the 2nd St. (Electra). Clothing for children (0-8 years), toys, furniture, and strollers.
Next - 621-9700
Located on Najda St. (6th) in the block between Hamdan bin Mohammed St. and Zayed the 2nd St. (Electra). Contemporary British fashions (clothes shoes, accessories) for men, women and children. Styles similar to J. Crew (USA)
Toys-R-Us - 673-2332
Located off Al Meena St. (Port Road) past the open vegetable market, past the Iranian Souk. Open 10.00 to 22.00, Friday 16.00 to 22.00
All Prints - 633-5853
Located at the corner of 5th St. (Al Nasr) and 6th St. green sign (Taarig bin Ziyad) across from the Arab Monetary Fund Headquarters. Variety of office and school supplies (American Community School source of supplies, for one), English Language publications and children's books.
K-Corner Shoes - 621-0930
Locataed behind Hamdan Center. Hamdan Center is located off Hamdan bin Mohammed St. on the block between 4th St. (Lulu) and Liwa St. Shoes for men, women and children. Moderately priced.
Shoe Mart - 634-6461
Located behind Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre off of 4th St. (Lulu) Shoes for women and children. Tends to be low budget
Quite hard to shop for souvenirs in Abu Dhabi - not much variety compared to other places. But you can get some nice souvenirs - T-shirts, coffee pot, genie bottle, carpets etc. from Hamdan Center along Sheikh Hamdan Road. You can also get some cheap memorabilia like bottles of sand collected from different emirates and other replicas from a shop called Gift Tower (behind Hamdan Center). There is also another shop called Wonder Gift located at the corner of Hamdan St & Salam St. So happy souvenir-shopping!
What to buy: T-shirts, camel statues, replica of Burj al-Arab, postcards, genie lamp, sand from different emirates (different colors) etc.
What to pay: Few dirhams to couple of tens of dirhams... depending on what you want to buy.
Marina Mall is now considered as the biggest Mall in Abu Dhabi, second to Abu Dhabi Mall. It houses lots of designer shops which caters to label conscious fashionistas
They have Bulgari, Gucci, Coah, Fendi etc.
Although the the whole place is not yet fully finish lots of locals and tourists visit the place.
The mall is designed to have a ski slope, snow dome, ice skating rink and bowling alleys.
They also have restaurants and cafes. Adjacent to it is IKEA and Carrefour.
Stradivarius is a Spanish Label which caters to young professionals and the teen agers. They have wide selection of clothes, shoes and accessories.
Leading fashion label in the Gulf State together with Mango and Zara.
Just like any other mall, Abu Dhabi Mall houses signature brands of clothes, shoes etc.
Restaurants and coffee shops can also be found here.
A nice place to pass time esp during weekend.
Gold Souks - UAE is known to be one of the best places to buy Gold and so, gold souks can be found all over UAE. The price flactuates coz it is based on the daily international gold rate.
Fine pieces of jewelry can be found in Madinat Zayed Gold Center. from Yellow to White Gold, from pealrs to semi precious stones. Name it and they have it.
It needs a bargaining power to get a good price.
What to buy: Jewelry