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Madinat Zayed Shopping Center
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Near to the Hotel and very conveniently placed... Shopping can be done leisurely, even after evening hours...Saravana restaurant is a feast to the tongue..Every one must try here.....

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Reviewed 29 January 2013

You can find good prices on gold and perfumes. Apart from that stay away from this mall as it is nothing special. It can hardly be called a mall, as it lacks a good food court and many recognizable shops. But it is a good place for perfumes, cheap items, bargaining and the likes.

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Reviewed 4 January 2013

These two places in Abu Dhabi are very popular for locals and expat residents, here you can buy things you can't usually get in other places, It is a gem of a place if you know what it is all about. This is in no means a mall- it is a shopping center. It is called 'souq' as it has the layout of a souq with small bazaar type stores yet mixed with the odd or or two modern stores like Nine West, Giordano, Charles & Keith and Homes R Us Etc.

You will find great handbag stores, dress shops, watch stalls and mobile phone stores. It is the place people will go to fix their phones even. However, it also sell Arabian Oud, Frankincense ( perfume oils and sandalwood for incense burning. Here you can buy also roll on Arabian Oud perfumes as gift items given in little colourful sachets. All these are great gifts to take back home but what is important is that you get to experience and test the various perfume oils. This is what as a tourist you would miss out on really. Between the smelling of different perfumes oils, you will be advised to smell a small bowl of coffee beans, this is to refreshen your sense of smell before smelling another scent.

There are also loads of textile stores upstairs. Remember it is a place where you can try your skills at haggling the prices. You can find very nice pieces of material such as silk, cotton, chiffon and many other kinds to make dresses, blouses or skirts. They also make nice gifts.

Days before Ramadhan and Eid these places are very busy, they are also the venues for special exhibitions held during the year.. these are held on the grounds in front of them.

The Medinat Zayed Gold Souq is for sure a must visit for people who want to buy gold or silver. There are some stalls in the center selling leather goods etc too. From here you can get access to Home R Use by going upstairs and within Homes R Us there is a place called Daiso which has some great little gift items you can buy to take back home, or at least affordable and beautiful gift boxes or sachets.

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Reviewed 11 August 2012

Madinat Zayed shopping center in AbuDhabi is a big mall inside the city, where you can shop
Gold & jewllery electronics clothes perfumes food etc. all you need is under one roof.
If you are in visit to Abudhabi must visit this shopping center, there are many things to buy
from there with attractive prices.

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Reviewed 4 April 2012

Madinat Zayed Shopping Center is by no means extravagant, or even welcoming to the common tourist in Abu Dhabi...which probably means you've stumbled upon a local gem! Well, maybe. My girlfriend and I visited late on a Thursday afternoon. There were basically two types of shops: clothing shops and electronics shops. About half the shops were closed and the ones that were open seemed deserted. Frankly, that's how the whole shopping center seemed, so we were stymied that a family member had recommended visiting as part of our tourist experience.

When I called that family member to say, "Where did you send us?" his reply was, "The gold market! Keep looking." Once we knew what we were looking for, we started following the overhead signs directing us to the gold market, which led us to...Homes R Us? At the center of the Homes R Us store was a glass door with an escalator leading down to the gold market, but it took us a while to figure out this is what it was. There were external entrances to the gold market but I'm not sure I could describe or identify them if asked. Seems like you should do what we didn't: ask for directions.

The market itself opened at 4:00 and contained tons of shops...which were all closed at 4:00 but started to open one by one as the shopkeepers arrived. By 4:30 they had all opened and the amount and variety of gold put the Dubai market to shame. It feels less authentic than Dubai because the shops are all basically units in the mall, but the quality and selection were undeniable. We found the merchants to be present but not pushy. They will follow you around as you peruse their wares, but we did not find them to be aggressive. When we were interested in pieces, they were willing to negotiate with us to achieve what we believe were fair prices.

Please note: The merchants will not sell their merchandise for less than the value of the gold itself; this just isn't good business. They still need to make a profit and gold is expensive stuff. They DO CHARGE MAKERS' FEES, which are assessed on either a per-gram basis or an absolute basis, depending on the piece. Inquire about these, as the makers' fees are your haggling points. If you want to buy a 5g piece, be prepared to pay for 5g of gold plus a small maker's fee for profit, but do not blindly agree to the list price.

Another note: The margins on gold are much smaller than they are on diamonds. If you are in the market for diamond jewelry, you have more bargaining power. We were able to negotiate on a 3g gold, 0.3 carat diamond piece down from $1400 USD to $300 (it took about half an hour, but we did it). Be savvy about the value of the material and the margins involved, and use this to your advantage.

Happy shopping!

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