The area immediately east of Sheikh Rashid Street (2nd Street) is the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi, and where you’ll find the city’s liveliest street life and densest concentration of cafés and shops. The parallel Hamdan Street and Sheikh Zayed the First Street are the two major thoroughfares, each lined with identikit office blocks stacked tightly together like Lego bricks.

Just south of the latter lies the Madinat Zayed Gold Centre, Abu Dhabi’s low-key equivalent to Dubai’s Gold Souk, with two floors of shops selling traditional and contemporary jewellery.

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