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. The very helpful staff there can do you any book from the UK or US at a price not much higher than you would buy back home. You will just have to wait three weeks to get the book, and they will text message you when the book arrives.

Books Plus has a much smaller selection, but it still has some excellent choices.

The biggest bookshop in Dubai is called Kinokuniya in the Dubai Mall which has 500,000 titles. You can e-mail them a list of any books you are looking for and they will e-mail you back to tell you which ones they have in stock and at what price. Posting four books to you costs just 24 dirhams which is less than £5. They cannot take credit card numbers over the phone, so you have to do a bank transfer and e-mailed them a scan of the bank transfer docket. Then your books will be sent to you by Federal Express. 

FedEx won’t deliver to a PO Box: they’ll deliver to your home: the deliveryman will ring you to get directions if he can’t find your address on a map.