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“Best Shopping Center in AbuDhabi”

Madinat Zayed Shopping Center
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abudhabi-UAE
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“Best Shopping Center in AbuDhabi”
Reviewed August 11, 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.

Visited August 2012
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“Gold Souk - Hidden Surprise”
Reviewed April 4, 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!

Visited March 2012
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