Dubai // Abu Dhabi //

Al Mina

You’ll find Abu Dhabi’s closest equivalent to a traditional souk in the workaday Al Mina port district, which stretches north of the Tourist Club Area. First up is the so-called Carpet Souk, a modest square surrounded by small shops. Most of the stock on offer consists of low-grade factory carpet, though some places have more valuable traditional rugs and kilims if you hunt around. A five-minute walk beyond here, the Food Souk is aimed largely at the wholesale trade, although there’s a colourful line of date merchants at the southern end. A further ten minutes’ walk northwest, the Iranian Souk sounds promising, but is mainly devoted to kitchenware and potted plants.

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