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10 Abu Dhabi shopping malls you have to visit

Mall hopping and shopping is a big part of the social culture in Abu Dhabi and UAE. From family outings and hangouts with friends to browsing luxury brands and catching the latest flicks at world-class cinemas on a regular basis, there’s no shortage of what you can do at these shopping malls. You could spend a whole day moving from one activity to another, fueling yourself with a range of food and drinks on offer, without realising the time gone by.

Here is a list of the best shopping places in Abu Dhabi. The most important question is - which one will you visit first?

To shop

1. Khalidiyah Mall

A unique design from the outside, the Khalidiyah Mall gives off the ambience of a souk, yet from the inside it is kitted out with all the modern-day entertainment, retail and dining options you could think of. Being in the up-scale Al Khalidiyah District, there’s a variety of popular brands like Bath & Body Works, Reebok, Sun & Sand Sports, Early Learning Centre and more.

2. My City Centre Masdar Mall

Located within the sustainable community of Masdar City, grab your groceries and essentials at My City Centre Masdar Mall. Designed to reflect the environmental ethos of its surroundings, the mall follows the highest sustainability standards that include no plastic bags at check out, the usage of sustainably-sourced wood and selling a range of locally-grown produce.

3. Al Jimi Mall

Previously a meat and vegetable market, Al Ain’s Al Jimi Mall is a fresh, sunlight-soaked centre that welcomes visitors, travellers and everyone looking to have a great time. About an hour and a half away from Abu Dhabi, you can check out the home and furniture stores, bakeries and more by putting your shoes on jet-set mode to see it all. 

4. The Mall at World Trade Centre

Paying homage to old-world architecture, The Mall at World Trade Centre was originally a business and trading hub. Now you can expect a full-fledged mall, souk, offices and residences all in one location. Featuring the region’s first House of Fraser, amongst other brands, you can stroll all day here updating your wardrobe and buying local souvenirs.

To explore

5. Al Wahda Mall

A regularly frequented destination amongst Abu Dhabi residents is the Al Wahda Mall, situated in the Hazza bin Zayed Street area. You could come here looking to hit the gym (Gold’s Gym), grab a coffee at Starbucks or spend hours just browsing through an array of retail outlets stocked with the latest collections. With 3.3 million square feet of pure entertainment and enjoyment for you to explore, you probably better get started right away!

6. Marina Mall

A mall with a Mercedes-Benz car showroom? That’s Abu Dhabi keeping it really classy with the beautiful Marina Mall. With five floors of entertainment and enjoyment, it is a great place for families to spend quality time. Get this: There’s a cool bowling alley, nine-screen cinema and even Bounce - a massive trampoline park where you can jump in the air and let loose. The mall constantly hosts activities for adults and kids to participate in, so when visiting keep an eye out for it!

7. The Galleria Al Maryah Island

If you love playing dress-up and have a penchant for brands, The Galleria Al Maryah Island serves up the best of the fashion world like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior and more. Whether you are catching up with friends, shopping for an occasion or simply window shopping, the mall has a whopping 400 stores and plenty of dining choices to fill up your time.

To play

8. Abu Dhabi Mall

Situated in downtown Abu Dhabi and with over 200 retail stores, Abu Dhabi Mall gives you a good workout as you navigate the massive area. You can try on clothes at popular brand names like Zara, buy fragrant perfumes, get in an actual workout at Fitness First or check out the different dining options available - a Tim Hortons French Vanilla never fails on shopping days. The mall is also equipped with fun adventurous play areas like Prison Island and Xtreme Zone for tweens to teens, and if they prefer something more laidback, head to Vox Cinemas and to watch the latest movies.

9. Yas Mall

The phrase ‘shop till you drop’ aptly fits the expansive space that is Yas Mall, the biggest and one of the best shopping mall in Abu Dhabi. With a prominent location on Yas Island, the skylight-trimmed ceilings and spacious interiors has a welcoming ambience, that truly makes you want to hang out just a little bit longer. Get the latest gadgets at the reimagined Apple Store; keep your children occupied with amazing entertainment options like Kidzania; and enjoy seamless access to the adrenaline-packed Ferrari World and CLYMB directly from the mall. Plus, there are 56 dining options to choose from so you can easily satisfy any craving or tantrum.

10. Dalma Mall

Home to the fun-filled Adventure HQ, Dalma Mall is a prime location for kids of all ages and adults. Test your abilities at this indoor adventure park which includes a skate park, pump track, trampoline park, boulder wall and cable climb. Once you’re done strengthening (and tiring) your muscles, take your pick from a variety of cuisines at the food court or stand-alone restaurants sprinkled across the mall.


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Frequently asked questions about malls in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to a range of shopping centres with the biggest being Yas Mall followed by The Galleria Al Maryah Island. The malls are spread across 2.5 million and 2.4 million square feet respectively.

Yas Mall is a 25 minute taxi or car ride from Abu Dhabi Mall.