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For travelers seeking summertime refuge from hot temperatures, the souks and shopping centers in Abu Dhabi are built for entertainment. A national pastime of Emiratis and expatriates, malls provide shops, cafés, and theaters as an escape from the heat and a way to indulge spending on the latest fashions and technology.
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Khalifa Street, Al Markaziyah - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
On the site of a historic market place, the New Souk is a modern architectural take on traditional small-stall shopping. Intersecting corridors of airy, elaborate wooden panels guide you through the maze-like structure as you shop a range of...
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Al Meena St, Al Diar Mina Hotel, Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The term 'souq' probably conjures up visions of an elaborate system of alleys packed full of brass wares, camel traders, and hookah bars but this is not the case in the Emirates. While the fruit-and-vegetable market in Abu Dhabi may have lost some...
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Al Meena - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Off the tourist path you'll find the Mina Fish Market bustling with locals haggling for the freshest catch. For insights into local business and seafood this is the place to stop. My first wet market experience in the Middle East was a good one...
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Abu Dhabi Theatre Rd, Corniche Brake water - Near Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This reconstructed village is a glimpse into old oasis living. Heritage Village is a great place to see how the Emerati lived before skyscrapers. Scenes depict desert life in great detail and highlight their historic, nomadic lifestyle. Make sure...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Looking to bring home a sweet souvenir? Something different from a huge bar of duty-free Toblerone? Al Nassma chocolate is made with camel milk, said to be the next "superfood," with lower fat and more vitamins than cow milk. Then again, it is...
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With a bit more Arabian flare than a typical shopping mall—and a design that comes from the regional souk architecture, the WTC Souk (or Central Market) is a replacement to an outdoor souk that stood in the same place until a fire destroyed it in...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Visiting a shopping mall isn't always on my travel list, however the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi is a uniquely entertaining experience. Opened in 2001 near the Corniche Road, they have nearly everything. In addition to luxury labels you can find some...
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UNIT 124, 1st Floor - Al Wahda Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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The diversity of Abu Dhabi’s style can definitely be seen in its variety of shopping and entertainment experiences they offer. Al Wahda Mall is the only stop you’ll need to make for big-brand shopping. The large center has a range of clothing...
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19th Street, Musaffah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Curves, lines, and a blend of Arabian art and modern design come together in the architecture and interiors of Dalma Mall. Grand entrances give way to shops and stores that can help you indulge in the UAE’s national pasttime: shopping. The movie...
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Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Clean, refreshing, full of light, and a shopper's dream, Yas Mall is the newest of Abu Dhabi’s malls, set on Yas Island—where fast cars, a fast roller coaster, and mega-yachts arrive and depart regularly while shoppers enjoy fashion, food, and...
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Airport Road, Al Mushrif - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Centrally located on the Island of Abu Dhabi, Mushrif Mall is tried and true shopping mall where locals and expats spend lazy summer days. An impressive indoor market environment makes up part of this shopping center where fruits and vegetables...