We have often read that a visit to Abu Dhabi would not be complete without a visit to Hamdan Shopping Center
(or simply Hamdan Centre). There is something nostalgic about Hamdan Centre, especially for those who are familiar with Pertama Complex
and Campbell Complex
in Kuala Lumpur. It evokes the same kinds of memories.
|built in the 1980s|
|an iconic landmark|
|still attracts a fair share of shoppers|
|feels like Pertama Complex in Kuala Lumpur|
|a relatively old buildings|
|but fascinating interior|
Built in the 1980s, it is still a great place to shop for leather goods, shoes, sports equipment and a variety of touristy gifts. Sern said he bought his very first Mah Jong set here a very long time ago. We found the souvenirs to be a bit on the high side, and later found much cheaper alternatives.
|as we exited the back |
|glancing back at Hamdan Centre|
|still a grand old place|
Behind Hamdan Centre and along Al Hana Street
were 2 unassuming shops, Gift Land Center as well as Gifts Tower that sold souvenirs for a fraction of the price at Hamdan Centre. As an example if one fridge magnet costs 10 dirhams at Hamdan Centre at the other two souvenir shops we could get a half dozen fridge magnets for the same price.
We spent the better part of an hour here stocking up on souvenirs.
|all manner of souvenirs!|
|rare to see a street busy with foot traffic|
|since most drive here|
South west of here and a little over a kilometre away right along Hamdan Street is a large square where we were headed next.
|headed to perhaps the biggest square in Abu Dhabi|
|quite a few places of interests here|
|a sort of fusion square|
|centered around the old|
|enveloped by the new|
The next treat that Sern had in store for us was Qasr al Hosn.
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