We're going to Japan in February. Flying into Tokyo, then a week or so's skiing in Nagano.
I found this great time-wasting site - KnitMap. You just enter a location, and it tells you all the yarn stores - with links to their websites, maps, opening hours and all sorts of useful information. I did a search on Abu Dhabi, and there's nothing there ... sorry Charmaine. Although, I'm guessing they only have the stores that people bother to list.
Isn't the web amazing these days. Pinku has put together a spreadsheet of yarn stores in Tokyo.
Fleegle has posted her yarn shopping in Tokyo adventures. Google maps can do all sorts of amazing things.
But I'm starting to get a little nervous. Maps of Japan are written in (would you believe it) Japanese. I don't speak Japanese. Plus, if I want to visit any yarn store, I have to convince the other 4 travellers (husband, parents, brother) that it's a good idea. Looks like it's going to be an interesting trip.