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Shopping and Souks
There are two kinds of shopping stores in Abu Dhabi
– the souk or the traditional markets and the modern
shopping malls and stores. The indigenous souqs in Abu
Dhabi make for an authentic shopping experience. An
array of goods are on offer at Abu Dhabi’s souks such as
traditional silver, brass coffee pots, carpets exported from
different countries, incense; and ‘oudh’, the local perfume
essence. You can buy anything at a souk from spices to
jewellery and they are a great place to barter and pick up
a bargain. If you’re shopping for jewellery, it’s well worth
a visit to the Central Market or Grand Souk, on Sheikh
Hamdan Street.
Located in the Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi Mall is a
shopper’s paradise. With three stories to explore, it’s not
just shops at the Marina Mall that attract people – check
out the impressive musical fountains! These are just a
couple of the incredible malls waiting to attract you with
their beautiful window supplies, so you won’t be short
or places to treat yourself to a new outfit or to purchase
lovely gifts for loved ones back home.
Beaches and beautiful coast
Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city
centre you can escape to the beachfront where popular
pastimes include jogging, cycling and rollerblading.
Considered one of the most picture perfect sights in Abu
Dhabi, the Corniche is a park-lined coastal boulevard that
skirts the city. With a splendid background of buildings
facing the sea it offers shops, restaurants and a fun fair for
visitors’ convenience and amusement.
Hotels and hospitality
Business travellers and holiday makers alike are suitably
catered for in Abu Dhabi, so whether you’re looking to be
pampered in the lap of luxury or simply need a convenient
place to stay on business, Abu Dhabi has it covered. Abu
Dhabi prides itself on providing guests with an unrivalled
accommodation experience wherever they choose to stay,
from deluxe seven-star hotels and breathtaking beach
and desert resorts to more affordable international hotel
chains. Catering to some of the most elite clientele in the
world, Abu Dhabi has a number of luxury hotels. A truly
palatial landmark, the Emirates Palace hotel offers the
ultimate in luxury to the modern discerning traveller with
an incredible choice of top class eateries and world class
To relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life, soothe
tired muscles and emerge refreshed and rejuvenated take
the time to visit one of the many incredible Spas in Abu
Dhabi. Visitors are truly spoilt for choice when it comes
to luxury body massages and therapies. With its elaborate
and exclusive Moroccan-style Hammam, the Anantara
Spa at the Emirates Palace provides the perfect haven for
some much needed ‘me time’. With a tempting menu of
facials, massages and body therapies for men and women
you can lose yourself in a few hours of pure indulgence
and emerge feeling totally re-energised.
Designed exclusively for women, the Abu Dhabi Ladies
Club provides a unique environment with world class
cultural, sporting and social facilities for women only.
Ladies can enjoy total pampering, relax or get fit in a club
surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens towards the
end of the Abu Dhabi Corniche close to the Emirates
Palace. The Club attracts ladies of various nationalities,
both members and non-members, from across the UAE
society and regularly caters for visiting dignitaries, state
delegations and popular female celebrities.
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Museums and Monuments
Abu Dhabi is a country with a rich and fascinating history
and as such is blessed with many incredible landmarks
and monuments. Built in the late 1700s the Qasr al-Hosn
was initially used as a watchtower to guard the only fresh
water supply in Abu Dhabi. With spectacular views
across the city the 200 year Hatta Watchtower is another
popular landmark amongst visitors to the region.
With a capacity for an incredible 40,000 worshippers,
it is well worth a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand
Mosque – named after Sheikh Zayed who is buried at the
site. Open daily to Muslims and non-Muslims (except
Friday morning when it is open to worshippers only)
complimentary tours led by Emirati guides are the ideal
way to explore this architectural work of art with its 80
domes, 24-carat gold-plated chandeliers and the world’s
largest hand woven carpet. Discover more about the site
and the Islamic culture.
Al Maqtaa Fort is another place worth visiting during
your stay in Abu Dhabi. The 200 year old fort was built
to fend off bandits. Situated on the edge of the island, it
provides a great contrast to the modern bridge next to it.
Discover more about the history of the fort in the ADTA
visitor centre. Visitors are warned to be careful if wishing
to take photographs as it is a sensitive military zone.
Plans for the new Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi are also
promoting huge interest in the country. Designed by
internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, the
largest Guggeinheim in the world – 450,00 square feet-
will house its own major modern and contemporary
art collection with specific focus on Middle Eastern
contemporary art.