Al Ain city’s historic Souq Al Qattara, dates back to the mid-20th century and founded by the late Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a former Ruler of Abu Dhabi, on the palm-lined road linking Al Ain’s Al Qattara and Al Jimi oases.
The small market was composed of individual mud built shops and soon it became a coveted shopping and meeting place for the villagers.
It has been renovated and is open for business from October to May on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This market was introduced to encourage local families to promote and preserve Abu Dhabi’s heritage. Expect to see plenty of handicrafts, artworks and more in the 30 internal and 20 external shops.
The Souq is linked to the redeveloped Al Qattara Fort, now home to a popular arts centre, featuring hundreds of modern exhibits, workshops, a cafe and a library.
Souq Al Qattara is open daily 8am-1pm, 4pm-10pm. The Friday Market is open Thu-Sat 10am-1pm, 4pm-10pm until May 1.