Best Shopping in Abu-Dhabi, UAE

Shopping is much diversified here in Abu Dhabi (UAE), you can go for ultra-contemporary and modern malls alongside the upcoming quality, brands and variety to tiny, souk-like avenue where one can purchase accustomed aroma and fragrance, carpets, admirable jewelry, handicrafts, savor, throw rug, Bateel Dates, souvenirs and many more. You get a haute-couture designer wardrobe or purchase a cherished Arabian antique at various malls in Abu Dhabi at the wages that are often desirable in contrast to those overseas, exclusively for the textiles, handicrafts and gold.

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1. The Abu-Dhabi mall

This is the most happening and galvanized shopping mall in Abu Dhabi stationed in the Tourist Club region, neighboring the hotel Beach Rotana. Diffused up to 200,000 sq meters zone, it includes 220 outlets boosting the foremost international quality and 40 universal cuisine outlets, cafeteria and a neighboring goodies court. It attributes shops of make-up and aroma, hard rock, cozy furnishings, ordinary furniture, electrical asset, legacy, confectionery, stationary and fashion stores. Equipped with two action-toned kid’s fun loving centers and a Cineplex to captivate the entire family as well as a whole lot of restaurants, Abu Dhabi is a must visit for all shopaholics.

2. Marine Mall

The gigantic and glitziest mall in the city, situated on Breakwater is surrounded by Persian Gulf. It is carved like an enormous-top circus and is located in reclaimed in land regions admitting its inspiration is the Bedouin tent. It has various hundred outlets, snow square, a viewing tower, cinemas and is a great hub for shopping of gold jewelry, ornaments and handicrafts. You will also find huge supermarkets as well as hypermarkets which has supplies of all types of goodies.

3. Khalifa Centre

This shopping area is situated opposite to Abu Dhabi mall, and is a fantastic place for souvenirs (camel-bone boxes, sheesha pipes, stuffed leather camels, cushion covers and many more) and Persian rugs. You’ll also find large stores selling handicrafts, carpets, handlooms and textiles.

4. Abu Dhabi Duty Free complex

This market place provides duty free products. It encloses an area of 5000 square meters and is situated at Abu Dhabi International Airport. There are innumerable shops with universal quality and brands and has a collection for chocolates, liquor, goodies, cigars, watches, gold ornaments, medicines and leather goods.

Various other market places are:

Mwaifa Souk (Souk is market in Arabic) – Al Ain: where you get a traditional atmosphere, and which is located in Zayed Bin Sultan Lane.

Carpet Souk: this market place is located on the Al Meena way, which offers awesome bargains on arabic rugsan cushions.

Al Zaaafaranah Souk: this is a very large market area situated in Al Ain that includes vegetable and fruit stores, aroma, seafood restaurants.

Alternative market areas are Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society Complex, Al Jimi Mall Al Ain, Foutouh Al Khair Centre, Hamdan Centre, Liwa Centre, Lulu Centre, MultiBrand, Rotana Mall. So, do shop in Abu Dhabi to relish the beauty of the blistering place and get the best deals.

The many  foreign visitors to the country, including Canadians,  need travel visas that can be obtained at VisaCenter in USA, UK and Canada.

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Dubai in a Day

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Dubai is a relatively new tourist destination and it has gained immense popularity in the past few years. It is a great place for shopping, partying, sunbathing and fine dining. It also has the largest immigration population in the world. Citizens of most countries will receive a 30 day visa on arrival which is totally free of charge. This can be extended for up to 90 days on payment of Dhs 500. Canadian nationals, however, need to apply for Visa in advance and they can do so at the VisaCenter in their country. If UK & US national are looking for a 90 day visa then they can apply in advance at the VisaCenter.

If you are visiting Dubai just for a 1 day stopover then you need to utilize that day fully. There are lots of things you can do in a span of 12 – 14 hrs and this is not restricted to only shopping. You can visit a number of attractions or take a tour to have a glimpse of the city.

3o Min Helicopter Ride

This is perhaps the best option to see Dubai in such a short span of time. You will get to see all the important landmarks in the city from bird’s eye view. You can get this tour from Lama Tours in Dubai. However, in order to get the trip started there must be a minimum of 4 persons.

The Amazing Dubai City

A whirlwind tour of the city will take around 5 hours and you must cover places like the magnificent beaches at the Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab Hotel which is a 7 star luxurious property. You must also visit the Camel Race Track, Dubai Race & Golf Club and Sheikh’s Palace. If you still have time left (from the 4 hrs schedule) you can make a quick trip to the Creek to witness the mesmerizing architecture of Deira Towers and the underground Dubai Museum.

Shopping Tour

The city is a paradise for shoppers and if your stopover is mainly intended for this purpose then you must devote at least 4 – 5 hours for this purpose. The main shopping centers are City Center, Burjuman and Lamcy Plaza. You can get almost anything under the roof and all of them sell branded items. If you want to buy electronics then Bur Dubai is the place for you. Do not forget to bargain here, though. Lastly you can end the tour with a delicious buffet dinner at the Dubai floating restaurant. Enjoy the sumptuous food while cruising along the Dubai creek.

There are many tourists who would appreciate the services of a Bus Tour that will cover the major parts of the city in around 5 hrs approximately. So that will leave you with another 5 hours minimum for your shopping. Viator, the leading tour company, has one such tour which starts at $37 and will cover Dubai in 4 hrs 30mins. The pick is between 1:00 to 2:00 pm from centrally located hotels in Dubai. It also has an English speaking guide on board. The tour will cover the gold souk, the Al Bastakiya quarter and the Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque and the photo shop at the Burj Al Arab hotel. You will also have an opportunity to board the water taxi across the creek to the spice market.

You can cover a lot of places in Dubai even if you are going there for 1 day only but proper planning is definitely required.

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Dubai – New Year Eve

Dubai is one of the most exciting cities on earth and is one that offers an amazing variety of ways to make your new year’s eve special. You can choose anything from dune bashing to quiet candlelit dinners in this fabulous city. Therefore how you celebrate the day depends largely on your taste but below is a few popular activities and best places in Dubai to enjoy them. Happy new year!

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The Dubai Mall: This mall is the largest mall in the world based on shopping area and is a ‘home to all brands’.

The Mall of Emirates: You’d love to shop in this mall and you’d find almost anything you look for.

Relaxing on a beach

Jumaira Beach: It is perhaps the best known beach in Dubai. You’d love relaxing here.

There are plenty of other beaches like the one next to Burj Khalifa where you can relax. This beach will give you a good view of the famous hotel too.

Eating out

Karma cafe: Have a fabulous international foodie experience here. Anything that you order will be the best in the mouth and serves well.

More cafe: This place has a got a menu which has something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out their gorgeous terrace view in the city outlet.

New Year’s eve night out

There are a variety of dances and programs offered at this time of the year by exotic resorts and clubs. Some are:

“Sandance new year’s eve” offered by the Atlantis: The Palm

This program promises you an unforgettable time of dance and drink on the hottest beach of Palm Jumairah till it is the new year!

Cruise by Bateaux Dubai

If you fascinate beautiful cruises while enjoying the night lit city then this is the program for you.

Armani Hotel Dubai

The Armani hotel lets you celebrate New year’s eve your way by letting you choose between fabulous choices.

To get to Dubai if you are EU or US passport holder, you do not need visa. If this is not your case then VisaCenter offices in Canada, USA and UK may help you to get UAE travel visa. The processing is relatively fast and starts from 3 business days. Most of the major airlines are flying to Dubai direct from Europe. If you fly from US or Canada, the only direct service is provided by Emirates on their new A-380 aircraft.

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