• Shopping
  • Shopping locally

    It wasn’t many years ago that the only shops in Al Ain were the small ‘corner shops’, or so I’ve been told. You’ll find hundreds of shops like the one in the photo, which we use for the odd bottle of milk etc, around the town. This shop recently closed down as the building was […]

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  • Bottled water

    When we first moved to Al Ain we bought bottled water from the local supermarket which is very heavy as you can imagine! (Tap water isn’t ideal for drinking, but fine for a nice cup of tea or for boiling the carrots. The other thing is that the cold tap is rarely cold. In the summer […]

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  • Mobile phones

    When we arrived in Al Ain we decided to buy two mobile phones for my wife and I from a local Carrefour supermarket. This was only slightly dearer than buying two Sim cards there and inserting them in our British phones. We spent about £10 a month in total on our combined phone bills. (We’re […]

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  • Newspapers and magazines

    The Sunday Times UK-originated newspaper is printed and published in Dubai every Sunday, so you can buy this on Sunday mornings at various outlets around Al Ain. The price is 20 dirhams which is about £3.50. There isn’t a magazine inside: articles from the UK magazine are integrated into the Culture Section which is printed […]

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  • Where to buy English books

    There are two main bookshops for English speakers in Al Ain: Magrudy’s in Bawadi Mall Books Plus in the Al Jimi Mall Magrudy’s is the biggest bookshop with an excellent selection. You will be offered a loyalty card which will enable you at times to get up to 25% discount off books and other goods. […]