The workaday Al Mina port district, stretching north of Al Zahiyeh, is where you’ll find Abu Dhabi’s closest equivalents to a traditional souk. 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 short distance west of here is the Al Mina Fish Market, with the day’s catch lined up along the quay.

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