Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates invokes shivers of pleasure through any shopaholic. This is because shopping in Abu Dhabi, with all its world class malls, bazaars, and markets is an absolute dream. Although this wonderful retail experience is available all year around, during March each year, the ever famous Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival draws in an unprecedented amount of visitors, both local and foreign.

Abu Dhabi is famous for its exquisite and finely crafted gold jewellery, precious stones, pearls and other types of inlaid jewellery as well as Persian carpets, electronic items, perfumes, watches, and designer consumer wear. During this festival in March all these items are sold at fantastic discount prices, with many shop owners, especially in the malls, giving away exciting prizes and surprises as well.

This festival is not only limited to the shopping malls, but is also applicable at the markets, souks and other shopping centres. Visitors will benefit by visiting malls such as the Abu Dhabi Mall, one of the biggest in the region, The Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, the Al Ain Souk, Al Zaaafaranah Souk, and Mwaif Souk amongst others. The markets and souks offer traditional forms of shopping that must be experienced by all visitors.

The Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival is also an ideal opportunity to sample some delectable cuisine ranging from authentic Thai, European, Japanese, Continental and Middle Eastern dishes. With visitors from all over the world coming in to be a part of this annual event, the food, drink and shopping opportunities are virtually limitless. As this festival is also a major tourist attraction, it is an ideal opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the region as well and appreciate the wonders and attractions this novel city has to offer.

If travellers seek an Abu Dhabi resort from which to base themselves during their stay then choosing one of the luxury Abu Dhabi beach hotels would be the best option that would ensure you receive the very best of what the city has to offers. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, with its superlative comfort and amenities and its convenient location make it an ideal accommodation choice.