Designer labels, spices, carpets, perfumes, you name it and Abu Dhabi is bound to have it! When you visit here, some retail therapy is an absolute must! Here’s a brief guide to help you plan out your shopping spree.

patano, Marina Mall – panoramio, CC BY-SA 3.0

Key areas

The malls in Abu Dhabi are towards the centre of the city. Some of the most popular places to check out would be Bawabat Al Sharq Mall and Dalma Mall. Al Mafraq area and Mussafah Industrial Area are also great places to checkout.


Since the old Souq was destroyed in a fire, the Central Market now replaces this. Nonetheless, the architecture design was planned to resemble the Souq in its labyrinth style alleyways and more. Mina Street also boast a colourful carpet Souq.

Shopping centres

Marina Mall located on the Corniche is close to many luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi and just a short drive away. The mall is home to many big brands like Armani. Al Wahda Mall is also a popular family hang out spot.


If you are staying at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort and would like a solid souvenir, gold is the best answer. Headcover to the gold souq for jewellery of all designs in Abu Dhabi.