Souk is for the Arabic “market”. Historically, the dams of the Far East and India were loading their cargoes and storing goods in nearby containers. Over the years the commodities on the market have varied dramatically.
Traditional and souvenir markets
Today you will find electronics, souvenirs, clothing and household goods along with spices, silk and perfumes. Abu Dhabi’s aisles are worth a visit because of their crowded atmosphere, eclectic variety of goods, and the traditional way of doing business.
Every morning the hunters hike up to the dock and prepare for a day of conflict.
Take a trip to Siberian Fish in Mina Zayed, near the main port area of Abu Dhabi and experience the fascinating insights of traditional business.
Along the road from Souk Fish, the Souk Al Mina fruit and vegetable market is bursting as each salesperson arranges his goods outside the shops. The choice is amazing, and you can buy with a pound or box. Even if you’re not shopping, this area offers great photo opportunities.
Yemeni mattresses and carpets made of machinery dominate Abu Dhabi carpets, but if you know what you’re looking for, you can find deals.
Some sellers make very light Arabic cushions at a very reasonable price. It is located on Mina Road, near the main port area of Abu Dhabi.
Al Ain Souk Also known as Central or Old Souk, it is a great place to discover, taste the local atmosphere and practice your bargaining skills. It is quite exciting, but it certainly differs from many of the modern, air-conditioned markets found elsewhere.
Two outdoor markets – Suk al-Bawadi and Suk al-Qus, are connected to a huge bivalve mall in Al Ain.
Souk Al Qaws has shops of a practical nature that are unique in architecture and have more than 40 service stores including banks, currency exchange offices and travel agencies, while Souk al-Bawadi is more of a heritage, With over 50 shops selling traditional goods and souvenirs.
Souq al-Zafrana (+971 3 762 1868) is a jewel of a discovery that reflects the true culture and tradition of the UAE in modern times. Whether you are looking for traditional clothing, incense or spices, henna or flame, or dalah (Arabic coffee pots), this is the market for you.
The old al-Ayn bag and has a happy village, a section dedicated to women employing female shopkeepers.
At the Al Jimi Mall in Al Ain, souvenirs are open from 10am to 1pm and 8pm to midnight.
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