The Five Best Shopping Malls In Abu Dhabi

The Five Best Shopping Malls In Abu Dhabi
There may be no nation in the world that treats shopping the way the UAE does. Malls serve every purpose from a meeting point between friends or colleagues to a refuge from the hot desert sun, and when you see the insides of these shopping complexes, you’ll know why locals and visitors alike keep coming back.
I’ve been to Abu Dhabi twice, though reasonably quickly both times, so it was important to me that I get my shopping done as swiftly as possible so as to leave room for other activities and city exploration. Stemming from my own experience and supported by some additional research, here’s my breakdown of the top five shopping malls in Abu Dhabi.
#5 The Galleria
Best Shopping Malls Abu Dhabi

Photo: The Galleria
As you explore Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, you’re bound to discover The Galleria, the spacious, modern mall on Abu Dhabi Global Market Square. The Galleria, featuring shops like Dolce & Gabbana, La Martina, Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Michael Kors, has a wide range of fashion and luxury goods to suit even the pickiest shoppers and an equally diverse set of dining options to boot.
#4 Al Wahda Mall
Best Shopping Malls Abu Dhabi

Photo: Al Wahda Mall
Al Wahda Mall, named after Abu Dhabi’s Al Wahda Football Club who plays at the stadium next door, is considered one of the city’s most well-known landmarks. The mall opened in 2007 with an offering of around 150 retail brands, but it’s evolved over the past decade into one of the largest shopping complexes in the UAE with a total footprint of 3.3 million square feet and over 350 stores. Shops include Armani Exchange, Gap, Izod, Victoria Secret and Tommy Hilfiger.
#3 Marina Mall

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Opened in 2001, Marina Mall has 5 levels covering 1.3 million square feet of 400+ retail outlets such as Tiffany & Co., Hugo Boss, Gucci, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent. Marina Mall also offers a bowling alley and a revolving restaurant on top of its 30-story observation tower, which gives some pretty spectacular views of Abu Dhabi and the surrounding Persian Gulf.
#2 Abu Dhabi Mall
Best Shopping Malls Abu Dhabi

Photo: Abu Dhabi Mall/Facebook
Conveniently nestled in the heart of the city, Abu Dhabi Mall offers more than 200 stores of fashion labels and designer boutiques. Directly connected to the renowned Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi Mall is a centerpiece in the social fabric of the city. Anchor stores include Carolina Herrera, Zara, Pandora, Weekend Max Mara and Anne Klein.
#1 Yas Mall

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Located at the center of Yas Island, Yas Mall offers the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment experience in Abu Dhabi. It boasts a total area of 2.5 million square feet and features 370 stores that include well-known brands like American Eagle Outfitters, Bershka, Calvin Klein, Lacoste and Terranova. Tired of shopping? With more than 60 restaurants and cafes to choose from, indulge your palate with sumptuous dishes from around the world while enjoying the ambiance of this ultra-modern mall.
Abu Dhabi is full of great shopping options, but if you’re looking for an even larger, more diverse retail paradise, just drive ninety miles down the highway to Dubai. There are plenty of great shopping centers there to choose from, including the largest mall in the world, Dubai Mall. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, Amazon ships to the UAE as well, though not every Amazon item can be shipped there directly.
Abu Dhabi is certainly a remarkable place to shop, and my hope is that this list will help point you in the right direction to discover the mall that’s right for you.

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