What to do in Abu Dhabi for a day???
Whether you’re in Abu Dhabi on a one day stopover or have a day to spare, check out the coolest things you can see and do. Abu Dhabi has the cultural richness that seems to be disappearing from Dubai. People still follow the old ways here, in this history-rich capital city of the UAE. Visit Abu Dhabi and learn how well old traditions can co-exist with modern sensibilities.
What’s the best time to visit Abu Dhabi?
The delightful city of Abu Dhabi is flocked by tourists all year round, the ideal time to visit the capital city of UAE is between April and May or from September to February.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN ABU DHABI
The Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a spectacular concoction made of glittering white marble, with dozens of fabulous domes and minarets. There are a million sparkling gold-plated chandeliers as well, reflecting golden light around the mosque. Plus, you get to see the world’s largest carpet in the world. Note that the dress code is strictly enforced here; women are expected to cover their heads and wear the black abaya. Men should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
The New Etihad Towers
If you long for some nice panoramic views of Abu Dhabi, get to Etihad Towers, which is located across the street from the Emirates Palace Hotel. Be sure to enjoy “a lunch with a view” at Quest, a café on the 63rd floor of the Etihad Towers.
Just off of the Abu Dhabi Corniche and in front of the exquisite Emirates Palace is the magnificent Palace Marina. The marina gives access to deep waters, which is why the rich sheikhs berth their super expensive 100 foot yachts here. Take a yellow boat ride along the Abu Dhabi coast and enjoy the coastline and the amazing yachts lined up in front of you.
The Emirates Palace Hotel
Want a taste of pure luxury, Abu Dhabi style? Head out to the Emirates Palace Hotel and stroll the lobby and the public rooms. Get a look at the fancy super expensive cars lined out front – Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and Rolls Royce’s. The Emirates Palace even has an ATM plated with gold inside!
Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi
Don’t forget to sign up for a wonderful safari in Abu Dhabi’s red sands desert! If you time it well, you can visit the desert in the evening, towards sunset. Watching the desert sunset will be the highlight of your trip. Enjoy all the desert sports you can – dune bashing, dune driving, sand boarding, camel riding and more.
Ferrari World is just the thrill your heart desires, if you’re a Formula 1 fan. Get on the world’s fastest roller-coaster within Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor amusement park. The park closes by 8 p.m., so get there in plenty of time to enjoy looking at several Ferraris screaming down the F1 racing lanes.
The Heritage Village
Want to get a feel of what Abu Dhabi was like before the oil boom? Get to the Heritage Village and observe how the tents are laid out. Watch local craftspeople peddle their craft. Observe the old-style buildings, explore the old souks and discover Islamic traditions afresh.
The Corniche is Abu Dhabi’s signature waterfront boardwalk. It’s fun to walk along, looking at the city’s amazing skyline and famous landmarks. You’ll pass the Emirates Palace, the Manarat Al Saadiyat (arts and culture hub) and several other notable architectural wonders.
If you want to shop for carpets, perfumes, spices or gold, head out to the Iranian Souq. This is a traditional Arab-style market which offers amazing value for money. You can bargain here, and keep an eye out for cheats. The souq is a collection of stalls, hot and humid and filled with the smell of glorious spices.
Qasr Al-Husn Palace and Fort
This building was the very first structure built in Abu Dhabi, and was home to emirate’s ruling Al Nahyan family in the 1760s. Made of coral and sea stone, the Qasr al Hosn was once commanding watchtower. The shells used in the walls break the sunlight into myriad colours – it’s a lovely sight.
If you plan properly, you can take in all the listed sights in Abu Dhabi in just one day, and get back to your hotel or to the airport by nightfall. Abu Dhabi has much more to reveal than we can fit into this article. So be sure to do your own homework and research the places you want to visit. Make the best of your visit to Abu Dhabi.