Over the years, the goods that are found in the souks of Abu Dhabi have diversified dramatically. Here’s a little more information on these traditional marketplaces and souks you can visit.
The Arabic term for ‘marketplace’ is Souk. Abu Dhabi is home to an abundance of souks of all types and kinds. The souks offer every traveller a rather cultural experience and an insight into the local life. The atmosphere of these souks are unmatched, as you stroll through the narrow alleyways, you’ll catch a scent of traditional oud perfume and frankincense.
Mina Zayed Fish Souk
You’ll sniff the unmistakable smell of the day’s catch from the market before you see it. This fish souk at Mina Zayed port is full of stalls that sell clams, mackerel, shrimp, prawns, crabs, red snapper and so much more – fresh from the Arabian waters. The market comes alive each day at 3 am, however, tourists tend to arrive at the souk a little later.
Souk Qaryat Al Beri
12 minutes from Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, paying a visit to this souk is a must among the many things to do in Abu Dhabi. Admire the ornate lamps, chandeliers and pointed arches at this Arabian fairytale-like souk.
Abu Dhabi Carpet Souk
This carpet souk boasts more than 100 shops, each stocked with Afghani and Iranian handmade traditional carpets. You’ll also find machine-made carpets, rugs, cushions, and upholstery.
For centuries, Abu Dhabi has been a hub for commerce and trade. Today, the souks in Abu Dhabi have been revamped but still radiate an atmosphere unlike any other.