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Corniche Breakwater
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 681 4455

A re-creation of a pre-modernization souk, mosque and encampment. Shop, explore artifacts and watch artisans make pottery, blow glass and weave fabric on a loom.

Photo by Tony Johansson/Dreamstime



Etihad Towers
Ras Al Akhdar
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
(800) 384-4238

If you’re in need of a new handbag or gown, head to The Avenue. It is more intimate than some of the mega-shopping complexes and it carries top luxury brands like Givenchy, Lanvin and Tom Ford.

Photo courtesy of Avenue At Etihad Towers



Khalifa bin Zayed Street
Opposite Mashreqbank
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 629 9455

Cairo Fabrics is Abu Dhabi’s equivalent of Mood in New York — three floors of fabric offer options for every need and personal style. The local tradition de rigueur is to have your clothing custom-made by a tailor. (Try Orchid Tailors & Textiles across the street and ask for ‘Mr. Santa.’)

Photo courtesy of Tinou Bao



Al Jimi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 3 762 1868

You’ll find authentic perfume, incense and crafts in this open-air market, as well as calligraphy, drawing and henna painting. Look out for Mubdia’h Village, a section established to support women-owned businesses.

Photo by Klights/Dreamstime



Al Markaziyah
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 810 7810

One of the oldest sites in Abu Dhabi. Some parts of the souk are touristy, but there are great spices at Wadi A’z Zafran and hand-woven goods at Sougha Initiative, which supports entrepreneurial female Emirati artisans.

Photo courtesy of Visit Abu Dhabi