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When offered a price – especially if the price is not listed – make sure you ask, sometimes several times, for the ‘best price’. Bargaining is expected and accepted both in souks (markets) as well as in high-end shops. However, while you might get a 50 per cent discount in a souk-based gold shop, don’t expect to get the same type of deals in Tiffany & Co. or Paspaley. That being said, never be embarrassed to ask for a better price – it’s totally acceptable, and often expected. 

Looking for souvenirs as gifts? Go traditional. Ornate wooden carvings, local artgold 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.

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