Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Dunes Land – UAE (United Arab Emirates). It is the second most populated city in UAE but the largest one. Abu Dhabi has a scenic beauty with well-maintained buildings all around.
Abu Dhabi is more of a Concrete Paradise than a Natural Beauty. There are astonishing building that stands straight and behold every visitor’s sight.
“You Name It Dubai Has It, Or If Doesn’t Have It, It’s Building It”
There is no architectural wonder that Dubai won’t have. You can go to religious masterpieces, enjoy the vibrant nightlife, spend leisure time in the luxurious hotels our relax on the beach. Abu Dhabi is also a great place to shop with a plethora of options and brands to choose from.
Interesting Facts About Abu Dhabi
- The Emirate Of Abu Dhabi is located on an island which forms a ‘T’ shaped alphabet.
- The island is spread across the Gulf of Persia.
- The population of Abu Dhabi itself is 1.5 million.
1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is ne of the largest and most important landmark in Abu Dhabi. The Islamic marvel exhibits grand architecture and manicured gardens. The mosque was built by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in the remembrance of his father.
The highlight of this mosque is the largest loomed carpet that was completed in 2 years with the help of 1200 artisans. You can take a tour of this mosque within 50-60 minutes. Photography in the mausoleum is not allowed, however the other parts of the mosque can be captured.
Entry Fee: Free
Best Time To Visit: To avoid the scorching heat you should visit this place early morning or late evenings.
Tip: As this is a Muslim site you need to fully covered before entering the mosque. You might be told to wear the Abayas which are available in the premises for free.
2. Yas Island
UAE is known for its extravagant lifestyle and therefore the place has many branded shops and psh hotels. Yas island is a man made architecture wonder which attracts a huge number of tourists in Abu Dhabi.
You must have heard about the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is hosted in Yas Island every year. Home to Ferrari World and Yas Marina Circuit, the island is a perfect place to spend your evening with entertainment and food lined up. The island also has a huge golf course ‘Yas Link’ and an alluring ‘Yas beach’.
Talking about the luxury brands Yas Island hosts, Radisson and Crown Plaza are some of the elite chains this place has. Also the ‘Yas Viceroy’ which is built on the Yas Marina is the first ever constructed hotel on the F1 circuit.
3. Ferrari World
Ferrari World is located in Yas Island is the World’s first Ferrari Theme Park. The park has introduced some unique and thrilling concept of riding. It is also the largest indoor built theme park with attractive Ferrari rides that captivate the attention of the bike enthusiasts.
The red coloured roof nestles the world’s most exciting rides including the World’s fastest roller coaster, Flying Aces.
4. Warner Bros World
If you are a marvel fan then a trip to Warner Bros World is a must. Located in the Yas Island you can see and live the stories of Superman and Batman. The Warner Bros World hosts some entertaining shows and 13 exhilarating rides that will make your visit worth.
You can relive your childhood meeting your favorite cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo. The massive land of the Warner Bros World includes Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Cartoon Junction, Plaza, Metropolis and Gotham city. It is an ultimate indoor theme park that will fill you with excitement and satisfaction meeting your favorite characters.
- Guests need to carry the hard copy of the tickets downloaded from the website.
- Timings can change during the Ramadan
- Entry is free for children below 3 years with valid ID and Photo proof
5. The Emirates Palace
The Emirates Palace is the pride Abu Dhabi and boosts to have extravagance and grandeur in its appearance. Built across a thousand acres, the grand edifice showcases luxurious stays, dining, and many other delights. Visitors fall in aww with the place as it so thoughtfully decorated.
The 114 domes are gilded with marble and gold that have been built as a dedicating ode to the desert. The Place opened its doors for the guests in 2005 welcoming people to experience a lavish stay in their ravishing 394 rooms and suites.
Emirates Palace won’t leave you disappointed as it has extra ordinary chain of hotels that will satisfy your taste buds and give you an awesome culinary pleasure. Keeping in mind the comfort of the guests the palace also has temperature controlled swimming pools, spa, marina, underground parking and a helipad.
Price: If you take a two hour tour of the palace it would cost you 2000 INR, if you book a room then the starting price would be 18000 INR. The price may vary depending on the choice of your room or suite.
6. Desert Safari In The Evening
If you are visiting the desert paradise then doing a desert safari in the sand dunes of Arabian Al Khatim desert is a must. You can do quad biking and other amazing safari activities. Take an hour drive from Abu Dhabi and head to this beautiful land in the evening for attractive pictures.
The perfectly lit place is a great scenic sight to enjoy your evening with falafels, soft drinks, dates and Arabic coffee. Enjoy and relax and get entertained by the professional belly dancers on the oasis.
Enjoy your dining experience eating barbecues and smoking shisha with a surreal view.
- Do no eat before 2-3 hours of the safari t avoid motion sickness and nausea.
- Dune bashing can be bumpy so dress appropriately and do not carry small children on the ride.
Abu Dhabi is place full of visual delight that will give you moments to cherish for lifetime.