5 Souks in Abu Dhabi For a Great Shopping Experience!
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Must Visit Attractions In Abu Dhabi
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Souks in Abu Dhabi

1.Souk Central Market
2.Iranian Souk
3.Souk Al Zafarana
4.Carpet Souk
5.Al Mina Souk 

If you are looking for an authentic Arabic cultural experience while going on a shopping aficionado trip then you can find a plethora of souks in Abu Dhabi. There are numerous stalls here that sell luxury goods as well as day-to-day goods in the souks here. Their USP is that they still retain the authenticity of a typical Emirati marketplace that offers a novelty shopping experience to tourists.

The souks in Abu Dhabi record over a couple of thousand visitors on a daily basis. You can find different souks that specialize in selling different products such as Iranian souk that offers Persian products or Spices souk in Dubai where you will find the original spices of the Middle East. Visiting souks must be on your itinerary while traveling to Abu Dhabi. Here is a list of our favorite top 4 souks of Abu Dhabi. 

Here is the list of some best souks in Abu Dhabi:

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Souk Central Market

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The Souk Central market is one of the most signficant souks in Abu Dhabi. It is located in the heart of the old city and is filled with a variety of barasti stalls. The shops here are a mixture of high-end boutiques, cafes and souvenir shops. It is also connected to the World Trade centre mall so your entire shopping list can be crossed off here

You can buy from a variety of local spices, vintage lamps, home decor and many more on your visit here. The souk central is also one of the oldest markets in the city so you can also learn a lot about traditional architecture of the Gulf here.

Timing
- Everyday, 9 AM to 2 AM

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02

Iranian Souk

Situated next to the Dhow Harbour, the Iranian souk in Abu Dhabi will take you back in time to Arab history. It has a plethora of stalls huddled with traditional wooden products. These authentic products are shipped from Iran and other neighbouring countries at economical prices

You can also find Persian carpets, trinkets, rugs in this open air market. Since it is located near the Dhow Harbour and Mina Fish market you can also purchase an array of seafood from here.

Timing - Everyday, 10 AM to 10 PM

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03

Al Mina Souk

Located in Mina Zayed Port, the Al Mina souk in Abu Dhabi is famous for fresh fruits and vegetables shipped from different parts of the globe. You can find coconuts shipped from Sri Lanka, tomatoes shipped from Jordan, bananas shipped from India and many other items at great deals here.

Recently they added a new section to the souk to endorse Emirati produce to support local farmers. You can also find different types of Middle East dates such as barhi, fard, khalass, and many more sold exclusively in Abu Dhabi. You must definitely step in your bargaining shoes here since negotiation is very important for shopping in this souk.

Timing - Everyday, 8 AM to 10 PM

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04

Carpet Souk

The carpet souk in Abu Dhabi is the must visit souk of UAE. The place is flooded with more than 100 stores selling different types of carpets such as Persian rugs, silk rugs, afghani carpets, Yemeni mattresses and many more. You can also find upholstery goods here at affordable rates

If you are looking for something tailor-made for you then there are various shops that make handmade customised carpets according to the desires of the customers. Although they are a little more expensive than the machine ones, you will find real craftsmanship woven on them.

Timing - Everyday, 9 AM to 11 PM

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05

Souk Al Zafarana

The Souk Al Zafarana is a place which truly exhibits the traditional and authentic Emirati culture. It is an ideal place to shop for beautifully embroidered Arabic outfits, spices, perfumes, lamps, dry fruits and many other Arabic products. The unique feature about the souk is that it included Mubdia Village which is a section staffed with women and only women shoppers can exclusively shop there

Bargaining is a must here as they usually charge way more to the rousist so you must definitely try to haggle before making a purchase.

Timing - Everyday, 10 AM to 10 PM

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People Also Ask About Abu Dhabi

  1. What are the best places to shop in souks in Abu Dhabi?

    1. Iranian Souk - Situated next to the Dhow Harbour, the Iranian souk will take you back in time to Arab history. It has a plethora of stalls huddled with traditional wooden products. These authentic products are shipped from Iran and other neighbouring countries at economical prices. 

    2. Carpet souk - The carpet souk in Abu Dhabi is the must visit souk of UAE. The place is flooded with more than 100 stores selling different types of carpets such as Persian rugs, silk rugs, afghani carpets, Yemeni mattresses and many more. You can also find upholstery goods here at affordable rates. 

    3. Souk Al Zafarana - The Souk Al Zafarana is a place which truly exhibits the traditional and authentic Emirati culture. It is an ideal place to shop for beautifully embroidered Arabic outfits, spices, perfumes, lamps, dry fruits and many other Arabic products. The unique feature about the souk is that it included Mubdia Village which is a section staffed with women and only women shoppers can exclusively shop there.

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  2. What are the best restaurants in Souks in Abu Dhabi?

    1. Crave Shack - Crave Shack is one of the most popular restaurants in Springs souk in Abu Dhabi. They serve dishes made from homegrown vegetables and fruits. Their signature dishes include seafood and Arabic delicacies prepared by chef Hala Ayush. Their dynamite shrimp and crab salad are a must try. 

    2. Asia Tang - Asia Tang is a popular restaurant that specialise in Chinese, Malaysian and Thai cuisines. You can find everything from ramen to dim sums in this bistro style setting. Their pad Thai and honey chilli chicken get rave reviews from all the visitors who have tried it. 

    3. Han Cuisine Restaurant - Known for its Cantonese flavours, Han Cuisine restaurant is a popular restaurant in the Springs souk. If you are planning to visit this restaurant then you must definitely try their fried rice and noodles, claypot dishes and soups. They use fresh ingredients and avoid MSG to keep it healthy for their customers.

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