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With its glitzy designer malls and bustling souks – selling everything from handwoven Persian rugs and gold to fun, inexpensive souvenirs – Abu Dhabi is a shopaholic’s dream destination.

Thanks to Cash Passport by Mastercard® (Cash Passport) it’s easier than ever to treat yourself on your next United Arab Emirates getaway. The prepaid, reloadable money card can be pre-loaded with up to 11 currencies (including AED) making it the safest, most convenient way to sort out your travel money.

Thanks to Luxury Escapes’ ultimate guide to shopping in Abu Dhabi, all you need to do is load up your Cash Passport and go!

Best for Bargain Hunters: Hamdan Center

The best way to bag a bargain in Abu Dhabi is to try your hand at bartering. The Hamdan Center is a great place for picking up leather goods, shoes and souvenirs at very reasonable prices. Shopkeepers tend to be happy to negotiate, so don’t be afraid to give haggling a go.
If you’re a savvy shopper who likes to stay on top of their spending, you’ll love the fact that Mastercard’s Cash Passport locks in the current exchange rate at the time of loading, helping you stay on top of your budget. Not sure whether you have enough left for that new handbag? You can also track your spend via the Cash Passport App at any time.

Best for Label Lovers: The Galleria

This incredibly glitzy mall is the place to go if you really want to splurge. Your Mastercard Cash Passport can be loaded with up to $100k, meaning there’s no need to hold back while browsing the designer boutiques. You’ll find all the biggest brands at Galleria, including Burberry, Fendi, Cartier, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and much, much more.

Image credit: Sunmi Kim via The Galleria on Facebook

Best for Shopping & Lunching: Yas Mall

Combine your shopping trip with a delicious lunch at Yas Mall, located along the breakwater on Corniche Road. You’ll find all your favourite stores like Zara, Guess, Michael Kors and more, as well as a huge array of dining options. The Mastercard Cash Passport is accepted at millions of outlets the world over, making it the easiest way to pay – just tap and go like you would with your debit and credit card at home. Yas Mall’s vast array of dining options includes fast-food classics, plus international restaurants like Carluccio’s, Cheesecake Factory and Chili’s.

Best for an Authentic Market Experience: Central Market Souk

You can’t leave Abu Dhabi without shopping at one of the traditional markets or ‘souks’. The Central Market makes for a relaxed souk shopping experience in an arcade environment. From cashmere to spices, scarves, souvenirs and jewellery; you’ll find almost everything here. Many stalls only accept cash, so simply head to one of the many ATMs that accept Cash Passport and withdraw money before shopping til’ you drop.

Best for Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences: Cash Passport

Looking for one-off experiences in Abu Dhabi? Cash Passport allows you to unlock priceless experiences around the world, including unforgettable shopping experiences. Simply search the website or app for Cash Passport offers in your location – made even easier thanks to free global Wi-Fi with Cash Passport via Boingo hotspots.

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