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“Could be better”
Review of Central Market

Central Market
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Abu Dhabi Central Market Souk Tour and UAE...
Ranked #18 of 51 Shopping in Abu Dhabi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is an attempt by Norman Foster - the celebrated British architect - to re-create the traditional Souk or market in a modern way. The building itself is interesting to wander around. Dim, cool, with shafts of light puncturing the lofty space.

However there were disappointingly few units open. Bizarrely a reviewer said the same thing on here way back in 2011. The ground floor is fine, but only about half the units on the 1st floor were occupied falling to about 10% on the floor above that. Unless you stop to have something to eat, you'll be done inside an hour.

The web site says it opens at 10am. Well, technically yes, the doors are open at that time, but I got there at 10.30am and was more or less the only person there. Suggest you go late afternoon or early evening - as I did later the same day - to ensure that as many units are open as possible - because there ain't that many!

I didn't really look at the price so can't comment on how expensive things were. If I had to sum it up in a few words I'd say 'upmarket tourist souvenirs'.

The rest of the market still seems to be under development. Some units on the outside appear close to opening, but what's taking them so long remains a mystery.

Thank zazous66
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

A good range of shops selling crafts from india and other countries,beautiful shops selling abbayas and jubbas,however extremely expensive for someone with limited funds and many to buy for.
Poor in terms that many shops were closed and business seemed to be poor on the other floors,this is regarded by hotels as a place where local people shop,it is a tourist souk with extortionate prices.

Great if you have unlimited funds!!!

Thank Pumpousbear
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

I am not sure what I was expecting but it was definitely not this. From the outside, it looks like an an unassuming building. No indication it was a souk. My bus driver had to point it out to me. The entrance ( from the direction I was coming from) gave no indication there were shops inside.

Inside, the building was air conditioned, and had an upscaled feeling to it. You would know it was targeted to tourists as there were not many locals within it. I love the building interiors, and would consider buying some of the stuff particularly the furniture.

But nothing I would spend a huge amount of my time at.

Thank MzNomad
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Reviewed February 10, 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2018
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