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Tuesday 28 January 2020

UAE2020 Day 08: Hamdan Street Walkabout

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.

Gift Land!

all manner of souvenirs!

its surroundings

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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