Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is a shopper’s paradise, with swanky marble-floored malls crammed with exclusive designer stores, global fashion brands, and regional specialties including gold, perfume, and Persian carpets. And it’s tax-free! The atmospheric old souq (bazaar), closed after a fire, is expected to open as a contemporary market sometime this year.

Shopping in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Mall

Adjoining the Beach Rotana hotel, this glam mall sells global fashions, perfume, cosmetics, and jewelry. There are also carts selling Arabian crafts and souvenirs and a special arcade dedicated to traditional Emirati dress, including leather sandals.

, +971 2 645 4858, www.abudhabi-mall.com/
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Bateel

The delicious and beautifully packaged date products (everything from handmade chocolate-dipped dates to scrumptious date preserves) at this elegant store hail from the lush date palm oases of the Abu Dhabi emirate city of Al Ain.

Marina Mall, 011-971-4-355-2853
Tags: family | shopping | moderate

Khalifa Centre

This simple shopping arcade may not be as glam as the rest but it’s the place to head for souvenirs: Persian carpets and Arabian handicrafts, from brass “Aladdin’s” lamps to finely engraved coffee pots.

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Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre & Gold 'Souq'

Emirati women browse for bargains in this shopping center and haggle for gold and jewelry in the adjoining Gold "Souq" (really a mall crammed with jewelry stores).

5 minutes from city center,
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Marina Mall

Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping centre, elegant Marina Mall is as much about entertainment as shopping with a kid’s amusement arcade, cafés, cinemas, and indoor snow park along with hip fashion boutiques and an enormous Carrefour supermarket.

, 011-971-2-681-8300
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Sauce

Owned by three chic local Arab women, Sauce stocks whimsical women's fashion and accessories from around the globe. Girls, this is the place to get your glittery chiffon caftan for the resort pool!

Marina Mall, 011-971-4-355-2853
Tags: shopping | smart splurge | trendy

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