Gifts & Souvenirs from Abu Dhabi
Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, probably because there are so many fabulous malls and souks (markets) around town. Discover your new favourite place to shop, from ultra-modern malls housing the latest brands to smaller souk-like outlets where you can purchase UAE souvenirs, gifts, traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets.
Thinking about what to buy in Abu Dhabi? Or maybe you're looking to purchase Abu Dhabi souvenirs as a gift, why not get into a traditional frame of mind? Ornate wooden carvings, local art, gold jewellery and carpets reflect the beauty and enchantment of Abu Dhabi's Arabian heritage. From the smallest silver pillbox to a large hand-knotted carpet, souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes and can often be bought in Abu Dhabi for more reasonable prices than in other emirates.
You can spoil yourself in the city too, with a bejewelled designer watch from an upmarket international brand store, or a more affordable, simple timepiece from a supermarket.
Splash out on a haute-couture suit or gown, or buy fabric and have a local tailor design something unique for a bargain price. Buy a treasured Arabian antique, or find the latest state-of-the-art home entertainment system. Abu Dhabi prices are competitive compared to some international destinations, especially when it comes to carpets, textiles, and gold. In the souks, bartering is acceptable and even expected.
Most shops open from around 10am to 10pm and may stay open later on the weekends. Although most malls work straight through the day, some independent shops close for an extended lunch break, usually from 1pm to 4pm. Hours may change during Ramadan, with many shops closing for the afternoon and reopening from 7pm until midnight, or even later.
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Frequently asked questions about what to buy and souvenirs in Abu Dhabi.
What can I bring home from Abu Dhabi?
Popular items to buy from Abu Dhabi’s shopping malls and souks are:
- Persian rugs or carpets
- Camel milk products like soaps and chocolates
- Traditional Arabian coffee, perfumes and incense
What products are renowned in the UAE?
Make sure to buy these keepsakes from the UAE before you head home:
- Genuine Gold and Diamond Jewellery
- Traditional Arabian coffee
- Arabian perfumes
- Arabian incense (oud)
Are things cheaper to buy in Abu Dhabi?
When shopping in Abu Dhabi, you can easily buy clothes, jewellery, perfumes, electronics, carpets and more, that are of good quality and reasonably priced from the malls and markets. In smaller stores, you can even bargain your way to a more suitable price point.