Abdul Karim – Local Housewares
Meena Center has quickly become one of my favourite shopping destinations.
It could be argued that it is a little less glamorous than the big shopping malls in the city centre, and of course it does not have as much choice, but the fact is that it features some of my favourite shops in Abu Dhabi, where I can easily lose hours just looking around.
One of them is the fantastic Abdul Karim, a housewares-kitchenware shop that never fails to amaze me: it is like an Aladdin cave full of gorgeous and shiny things, and W always struggle to peel me off its windows.
I could not find any official website for this store, but it is located on the ground floor of the Meena Centre, near Port Zayed.
Upon entering, it is easy to quickly get charmed by the many china and glass sets – with and without carts – in beautiful golden and silver finish. This shop extends also at the back, featuring small electric appliances, kitchen tools and everything from curtains to cookie trays.
Staff in the shop are also really helpful: I was buying a slightly damaged dustpan and brush (because I am blind and I did not notice it) and they stopped me as soon as I picked it up, apologised and replaced it immediately with another one, which I was very grateful for.
The prices vary from item to item, but there are always sales and it is easy to find a bargain, such as this beautiful green decorated glass, which I paid only 9 AED (around 1.50 GBP) and then used as an original toothbrush holder next to a simple Ikea soap dispenser.
I just love this shop!