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Traditional Markets & Souks in Abu Dhabi

Fruit Market
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Abu Dhabi is a beautiful place that combines the exotic beauty of the Middle East with exquisite luxury and modern technology. It is one of the richest cities in the world, as well as the capital of the United Arab Emirates. One of the reasons it's so rich is because of all the mercantile activities here, right from haggling in traditional souks to oil billionaires wheeling and dealing.
Shopping here is an adventure in itself and considered as one of the top things to do there. Souk (souq) is the Arabic word for market, and no trip to Abu Dhabi is complete without visiting the traditional markets.

Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk is a wonderful place to buy a snack or click pictures. It's colourful and pleasantly fragrant. The Fish Souk near the main port may not be as sweet-scented as the Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk, but it can be fascinating to see the fishermen haggle with the fishmongers, just as they have been doing for centuries. The Carpet Souk sells both machine-made carpets and traditionally handwoven ones.

Souk Al Zafarana is one of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi to see modern and traditional things combined. Incense, spices, henna, coffeepots, clothing - it's one of the best places to find the perfect souvenir of your trip to the UAE. Souk Al Qaws has over forty service outlets of banks, travel agents, and money exchanges. Souk Al Bawadi has over fifty shops, which sell traditional artwork, crafts, and souvenirs.

Most favoured Abu Dhabi activities include a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, camel racing, eating aseeda. Still, your trip will be incomplete if you don't go to the souks for the best of Abu Dhabi shopping.

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