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City Overview

Abu Dhabi’s retail demand is predominantly domestically driven, but moving forward we may start to see rising influence from the tourism market.  Abu Dhabi has witnessed significant growth in visitor numbers during the first half of the year, and is envisaged to remain upbeat throughout the remainder of the year.  The Department of Tourism and Culture of Abu Dhabi aims to increase the number of visitors further and lengthen stay in the emirate by holding large number of business, cultural and sports activities. 

The Government is also taking several initiatives spending on infrastructure, airport expansion, and tourism related projects, such as developing shopping centres, luxury hotels and beach resorts, and the development of a cultural district that will improve Abu Dhabi’s appeal as a tourism destination, with a positive impact on the economy as a whole.

As of 2017, total organised retail stock in Abu Dhabi had reached around 1.5 million sqm of GLA of which mall space comprised the majority (85%), with the remaining stock from small centres and retail facilities within mixed-use developments.

Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Dalma Mall and Yas Mall are the largest operational mall based-retail facilities in the capital.  These major developments not only offer a wide range of retail options but also feature extensive recreation and family entertainment facilities.  They also tend to be focused on international brands, rather than locally grown names.


Things to do



Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, Beach Rotana Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel


Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

And be seen


Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Abu Dhabi, Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri Hotel, Giornotte at Ritz Carlton, Aqua at Rosewood Abu Dhabi


Skylite at Yas Hotel, Caramel Abu Dhabi at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Ornina at Al Raha Beach 

Be Merry

Emirates Palace, Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld

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Contact Us

Samih Hachem
Dalma Mall | Mussafah – Tarif Highway
P.O. Box 53585
+971 2 619 7200 |