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
Stradivarius: Chique Shoes
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.
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.
Abu Dhabi Mall: Abu Dhabi Mall
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.
ABu Dhabi Shopping mall: Abu Dhabi Mall
Abu Dhabi Mall, which officially opened 15 April 2001 is the best in shopping with over 220 stores comprising of children's, women's and men's fashion stores, make-up and perfume, music, soft-furnishings, household furniture, electrical goods, gifts, health-food, pharmacies, confectionery, dates, sportswear, books and stationery including the city's preferred grocer Abu Dhabi Co-op.
Entertainment for the whole family with a Cineplex plus two action-packed kid's entertainment centers and visiting artists regularly entertaining the crowds.
Open 10-22(to 23 on Thursdays) except Fridays 1530-2200. Hypermarket midnight, some restaurants open till 23 or 02.
What to buy: It houses everything from The Body Shop, Benetton,Mango, Mothercare..etc in addition to all the major High St brands eg. Oasis, Next, as well as international haute couture are well represented.
Some of the best buys include gold, chocolates and antiques.
In Abu Dhabi Mall you can find everything from affordable fashion, exclusive designer labels and accessories to gifts, jewellery, music, and electronics.
What to pay: depends on what you buy. However, the prices are almost the same as USA and Europe with littel difference plus or minus 5 to 10 us dollars.
Marina Mall: is more than a shopping destination
Situated on the Abu Dhabi Breakwater and surrounded by the azure water of the Arabian Gulf, it is a wonderful location for the entire family to visit and enjoy. The opening of the Mall in March 2001 its landmark four levels, a musical fountain and white-tented rooftops, the Marina Mall is a shopper’s paradise. Overlooking the skyline of Abu Dhabi, it is home to IKEA, Carrefour, a very large selection retail outlets, coffee shops, restaurants, as well as leisure and entertainment facilities.
With parking bays, and underground basement, there is more than sufficient parking space for all visitors.
What to buy: There are almost 300 stores with four supermarkets and two hypermarkets. Some popular stores are:
There is also a Cinestar Cinema located in the mall as well as a food court. Also, a revolving tower restaurant is currently being developed. An indoors ski slope is also under construction.
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Hamed Centre: Cheap items
Hamed Centre - Open 0900-1300, 1630-2230 daily
Sheikh Zayed 2nd Street, near East Road. A wide range of outlets, from an Arabic music shop, to jewellery and well-priced casual wear. Coffee shop with good Arabic coffee.
In addition to Al Massa Cinema
What to pay: Cap, T-shirts,accessories,..etc
AL Wehdah: New peacefull atmospher
The mall opend on Y2007and consist of four levels.
Like any mall You will find varaiaty of products i.e fashion,cloth,brands, bags,shoes,opticals, Electronix
You also can have a meal or drink a coffee in one of its food resturants or cafe.
There is a wonderfull Salon called Nails Art located at al wahda mall I like to do padicare and municare there a very charmy peacfull place with a very cheap price only 20$
What to buy: For those who like Books or send greeting Cards you can go to shops like Grafika, Gulf greetings Hallmark, Magrudy's , Posters at alwahda mall.
for Technology lovers they can head to ElectronicsShop like Axiom , Eon, Jumbo, Nokia,Techlink at alwahda mall.
And for ladies who like Fashion AccessoriesShop you can find gatha ,Aldo Accessories, Bijoux Terner, Claire's .
For thoes who like Home ware & FurnitureShop you will find Dwell , ID Design, Textura.
if you would like to buy Jewellery/Watches go to Al Futtaim Jewellery, Damas Les Exclusive,
Dancing Bird, One Minute , Pure Gold , Rivoli Arcade , The Watch House.
LingerieShop like La Perla, La Vie en Rose, Lasenza, Nayomi and Spoylt
OpticalShop like Occhiali, Opti Fashion, Pearle Opticians ,Sun Spot , Sunglass Hut , Yateem
After all you will feel hungry and would like to eat in one of the popular resturant in the same shopping mall Food CourtShop like Baskin Robbins, Beirut Restaurant, Burger King, Chicking, China Wall, City Deli , Dunkin Donuts , Hardee's , Herfy , IL Forno, KFC, McDonald's , Pizza Hut, Express , Shamiana, Sugoi, Thai Express, Barista, Cafe, Cafe de la Paix, Cosi , Costa, Dome Cafe, Fuddruckers, Starbucks, The noodle House, Tonic Juice Bar
Or you would like to have some snacks, sweet or ice cream go to Baskin Robbins, Galler Chocolate , Morelli's Gelato.
All the above mentioned shops or resturants are located at al wahdah mall
go and check the mall web site
What to pay: it differ from item to another starting from 3 us dollar to ..........?! dollars, you can use cash or any criedt card.
In the Mall you can find different banks ATM's and bank branches like Baroda, Standard Chartered Bank
AD Souq: Traditional Market
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.
Hamdan Centre: Reasonable price
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
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AL Falah Plaza: the cheapest shopping centres in town
Open 0900-1400, 1630-2330
Regarded as one of the cheapest shopping centres in town, but lacking most things designer.
. It houses 3 Floors of supermarket, clothings, furniture and electronics on the basement level. Value for money store.
What to buy: A cafe, music shop and all the usual outlets are present, with a ground floor supermarket.
Lulu Hypermarket: The cheapest grocery
Quality products, and lots of them, at some of the best prices in town. Electrical goods, cosmetics, stationery, men's suits, casual clothes, toys and much much more.
Under one roof, play area for children, food court, money exchange centers and bank counters besides a panoply of international and regional brands.
What to buy: Mostly for Indian pavilion
Almuhairy centre: Delicious Chocolate Factory
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)
Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre and Gold Centre: You can pargen
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.
Fotouh Al Khair Centre: Marks & Spencer has an impressive outlet
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.