If you’re on the lookout for hidden gems, traditional gifts, spices, souvenirs or the freshest produce at discounted prices then you have to visit the various souks of Abu Dhabi. I managed to visit quite a few including:
On the site of the original souk that was destroyed by a fire and now extending up across three levels the WTC souk is a new facility that blends the traditional market with modern amenities.
It has 250 outlets and the Al Khalifa Street Bridge on the first floor connects it to the WTC Mall (which is part of the World Trade Center).
Fruit and Vegetable market
Whether you’re looking to buy fresh produce or not it’s a great experience to visit the stalls at this market which is a short detour on the way from the Abu Dhabi Corniche to Sadiyah and Yas Island.
Located on the same site as the Fruit and Vegetable market but on a row of its own you’ll have a huge selection of fresh dates to choose from.
Mina Fish Market
Head there after sunrise and you”ll see the fishermen returning on the dhows with their catch of the day.
They’ll clean the fish for you on site as per your request.
You also won’t find fresher and cheaper fish elsewhere in the city.
For household items check out the Mina Market.
They also have pot plants and various bouquets of flowers to choose from.
For rugs, bedding items and a massive selection of traditional textiles check out the Iranian Souk (also referred to as the Carpet Souk) which is not too far from the Fruit and Vegetable market.
To learn more about Abu Dhabi check out these articles:
A Guide to the Masajid of Abu Dhabi
Arabian Nights Village – Desert Adventure in Abu Dhabi