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Directly across from the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, there are many shops selling fabric, thread, and other sewing supplies.

Malik & Shaheed Store

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Threads, Fabrics, tools, mechanical fixings (buttons, snaps), decorative fabrics, embellishments.


Along Electra Street (7th Street), there are a number of small electronics stores. Some sell discrete electronic components, while most are focused more on larger electronic devices and gadgets. Selection varies, but it’s possible to find connectors, cable, discrete passive components, and a limited offering of active components.

There are Other Shops, but their selection is limited, so they’re not worth listing here. These Shops are listed at the bottom of this page. There are also other shops on Electra St. beyond Najda St. (on the way to the Tourist Club area); we did not visit these, but many of them looked promising from the window of a passing taxi.

Al Dhafra Electronics (The Best Selection!)

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Al Dhafra Electronics arguably has the best selection of tools, electronics, test equipment, wire, cable, and connectors on Electra Street. They can also order hard-to-find items.

Sima Electronics (Pretty Good Selection)

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Sima Electronics is a small shop, but they have quite amazing selection of components, cable, connectors, and wire packed into the shop.

Manora Trading (Decent Selection)

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Manora Trading has a small but decent selection of components (behind the counter), in addition to tools, cable, wire, and connectors.

Noor Al Cham Electrical (Limited Selection)

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Noor Al Cham Electrical is mostly a lighting store, but they have tools, wire, cable, and connectors that could be useful.

Random Stores

Daiso Japan

Sells all sorts of office supplies, trinkets, toys, household items, and more at “discount” prices. Most small items are priced between AED6 and AED13.

Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre (Above Gold Souk)
Telephone:  +971 (0)2 631 1514

Art and Office Supplies


Grocery Stores



Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is located about 50 km East of the city. It’s easily accessible by taxi and bus. Taxi costs about 75 Dirhams, and the Bus 901 (green and white) costs 3 Dirhams. Travel time to the city by taxi is about 50 mins; by bus, 60-70 minutes. The airport has Free Wireless Internet access throughout.

Taxis are a great and cheap way to get around. The silver taxis, from Al Ghazal Taxis, are the most numerous in the city. You can book a taxi with Al Ghazal by calling +971 2 444 7787.

When taking a taxi, come prepared; many taxi drivers are fresh immigrants with little or no knowledge of the city. When push comes to shove, it’s your responsibility to know, in detail, where you’re going; if your destination is outside the Tourist Club area or main downtown area, the driver will likely have no idea where to go. (Note: Don’t rely on addresses from TimeOut – most are not detailed enough). The addressing system in Abu Dhabi is sector-, landmark-, and crossroad- based, while don’t have GPS navigation, it’s unclear that a GPS would make the task any easier. At the end of the day, the non-exact addressing system adopted by Abu Dhabi makes it difficult to pinpoint a specific location.

(Note: When a driver is lost, he rarely/never presses the “Lost” key on his control box. (Lost =? amitting failure =? you’re fired) He will almost always honk his horn, roll down the window, and ask someone else (who, typically, does not know the directions, either). )

Taxis with a red light on are booked. If you’re walking down the sidewalk in the direction of traffic, empty taxis will typically honk as they approach to let you know they’re available.

Public Buses
Public buses are super cheap – between 1 Dirham and 3 Dirhams. If you’re venturing outside the main downtown area of Abu Dhabi, they can be a sensible option. Since most destinations within the downtown can be reached for less than 10 Dirhams from NYU, a taxi is typically the more sensible option.

Interactive Map of Abu Dhabi Bus Routes
Abu Dhabi Local Bus Routes – (PDF)
Abu Dhabi Inter-City Bus Routes – (PDF)

Useful Bus Routes:
901 (PDF). Runs between NYUAD DTC and the Airport. Can catch it on the Airport Road. 3 Dirhams.
290 (PDF). Runs between Downtown (CBD) and Yas Island (Ferrari World). 2 Dirhams.
7. Between Marina Mall and the Tourist Club Area. Runs along Electra St. 1 Dirham.
32. Runs between Marina Mall and Zayed Grand Mosque. Can catch it along Electra St. 1 Dirham.

City Guides

General notes from Matt:
1. It’s safe to presume that most people in the city have also just arrived. While a “concierge” character is present in hotels and information counters, more often than not, he or she will not have any expert knowledge of the city (or even the local neighbourhood). Most retail workers also appear to have been air-lifted in and have little knowledge of the city, except for “Big Name Attractions” and the 100m around their place of employment. Everyone strives to please, to a degree that if they do not know a place, they will insist you go to a “very good” place that they do know in the same category (e.g. looking for specific coffee shop? Why not go to Costa Coffee?) In essence, the Internet is your friend; you need to be self-reliant to find good places or a specific place, as the free advice around town is worth what you pay for it.

2. Many small stores are closed from 13:00 until 16:00. They open again at 16:00 and usually remain open until 22:00. On Friday, many shops and restaurants are closed all morning, opening at 16:00 and, like the rest of the week, remaining open until 22:00.

3. Possibilities for eating dinner out begin to vanish at 22:00. Some restaurants are open until 23:00, and others (e.g. Lebanese, fast food, etc) are open until the wee hours of the morning, as late as 03:00. On the other end of the spectrum, restaurants also tend to have a downtime between lunch and dinner when no food is served. Typically, lunch is not served past 15:00 at places with a downtime. Always check opening times; to say there is a standard for all restaurants is a stretch.

Other Electronics/Electrical Stores on Electra St.

Al Mabhoor Electronics Trading

Al Mabhoor Electronics Trading is a shop specializing in musical instruments and accessories.

Khawja Electronics Appliances LLC
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Khawja Electronics Appliances LLC is a satellite shop with the standard selection of goods.

Galaxy Electronics Trading Co LLC
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Galaxy Electronics Trading Co LLC is a gadget and satellite shop with a standard selection of goods.

Titanic Electric Appliances Est.
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Titanic Electric Appliances Est is a lighting shop with some wires and cable.

Mohammed Azim Uddin Electronics Spare Parts Shop LLC
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Mohammed Azim Uddin Electronics Spare Parts Shop LLC is a satellite shop with a small selection of cables and wires.

Abdul Hakeem Electronics LLC

Abdul Hakeem Electronics LLC is a satellite shop that also has a limited selection of wires, cables, and power supplies.

Escotal Electronics LLC
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Escotal Electronics LLC has a small selection of cable wires, and connectors.

Lucky Moon Electronic LLC
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Lucky Moon Electronic LLC is a mobile and lighting shop that slso has a small selection o tools, cable, and wire.

Abu Dhabi Electronics
Abu Dhabi Electronics appears to be out-of-business.

Alrakid Electronics
Alrakid Electronics is a standard satellite shop. They also have some cable and wires.

A.A. Yousef Electronics

A.A. Yousef Electronics has a small selection of electronic components, cables, wire, and tools.

Oasis Alfalah Electroincs and Electrical
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Oasis Alfalah Electroincs and Electrical is a stantard satellite shop.

Faiza Electrical and Electronic Equipment
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Faiza Electrical and Electronic Equipment is a standard satellite TV shop.

Al Atheer
Al Atheer is a trinket, watch, and mobile phone store.

Tami is a standard satellite TV shop.

Mohammed Fadli
Mohammed Fadli sells mostly household goods.

Variety Computer Services
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Variety Computer Services is a small computer shop. Selection is very limited.

Victoria Electronics
Victoria Electronics is a standard Satellite Shop.

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