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In Abu Dhabi, gold jewellery is in abundant supply, whatever your taste. Gold is priced according to the international daily gold rate and is available in 18, 21, 22 or 24 karats.

Shopping for gold is an exciting and fascinating experience, thanks to the wide range of styles available, from clean and classic Western designs to more opulent and ornate Arabian wedding jewellery, and even Indian-inspired pieces.

You can also buy gold ingots in varying sizes, either for investment or to transform into your own design. In addition to the weight price, a small charge is added for craftsmanship, which varies according to the intricacy of the piece.

The Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre and Gold Centre is home to many jewellers, including some of the Gulf's largest stores. It’s a great place to find fine gold, diamond and pearl jewellery; the perfect keepsake, memento or gift from the UAE capital. You’ll find some big-name jewellers in the city’s other shopping malls as well, such as Cartier, Chopard and Tiffany & Co. Large regional jewellery brands to look out for include Damas, Pure Gold and Rivoli. 

If you’re interested in tasting a sprinkle of edible gold (yes, you read that right), head to the five-star Emirates Palace hotel for a 24-karat gold-flecked cappuccino with a date and camel milk chocolate, or a sumptuous camel burger sprinkled with 24-karat gold. The luxury hotel also offers gold-infused treatments at its plush spa. If a high-end afternoon tea complete with gold is what you’re after, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi serves a moreish option with gold cappuccinos, truffled egg mayonnaise sandwiches and Arabian sweets, plus other treats including tarts, cheesecakes and mini macarons.