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Traditional Markets & Souks in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is a beautiful place, one that combines the exotic beauty of the Middle East with the exquisite luxury and modern technology. Abu Dhabi 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 buying and selling that takes place, from haggling in traditional souks to oil billionaires wheeling and dealing.
Abu Dhabi shopping is an adventure in itself and considered one of the top things to do there. Souk 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 take pictures. It's colorful 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 done for centuries. The Carpet Souk sells both machine-made carpets and traditionally woven rugs.

Souk Al Zafarana is one of the best places to go in Abu Dhabi to see the modern and traditional 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 focuses on service rather than souvenirs; it has over forty service outlets for banks, travel agents, and money exchanges. Souk Al Bawadi has over fifty shops, which sell traditional artwork, crafts, and souvenirs.

Abu Dhabi activities include admiring the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, camel racing, eating madfoon and aseeda, but your trip will be incomplete if you don't go to the souks for the best of Abu Dhabi shopping.

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