Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, perhaps because it’s so diverse – everything from ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk-like outlets where you can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets. Prices are often excellent in comparison to those abroad, especially for carpets, textiles and gold. If you are good at bargaining, you can get even better deals. Shopping in Abu Dhabi can be serious business when you are looking for good bargains and with intense competition and insignificant import duties, you will find some of the lowest prices in the world here. A few years back, expats would have to go to Dubai to buy many items; now all the major stores are here; Marina Mall and AD Mall are the two main malls in Abu Dhabi.