You have only one night in Abu Dhabi (or maybe 2). Here is my list of the top 5 attractions you might not want to miss.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Largest Mosque in the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an architectural masterpiece constructed predominantly with marble and gold. With a $545 Million dollar price tag, it took almost 10 years to build. The building houses the world’s largest carpet, 3rd largest Chandelier, 82 domes and a library with some publications dating back 2oo years. Appropriate wear is available for loan with a piece of ID, so no need trying to cover yourself up. There is no entrance fee, and considering how many people pass through the building, it is well organised.
The Emirates Palace is a 7 Star beachfront hotel belonging to the world famous Kempinski Group. It measures just under 1 km from wing to wing, boasts 85 hectares of fountains and gardens and is decorated with gold, marble with crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings – opulence & luxury of the finest on earth. Inside you will find 4 bars, 9 restaurants and 1 spa. If you want a good look at the inside, but can’t afford a room, book a tour; either through the front desk or it is often included in tour packages. Alternatively, CONSUME! Reserve for their famous afternoon tea or dinner, walk in for a cappuccino or drink or reserve a spa treatment. Be sure to dress appropriately – ladies, shoulders and knees covered, nothing provocative, men should wear slacks and shirt – no flip flops or shorts allowed. If you are time constrained or do not wish to spend the money, there are great views from outside as well. Still be sure to dress appropriately, or they will not allow you on the grounds.
Open from 9am to 4pm, the Heritage Village showcases the Bedouin lifestyle and culture through demonstrations and displays. Attractions include wilderness, agricultural and sea environments, a handcrafts center, a mosque, a market, a museum and an archaeological area. Restaurants in the village serve traditional Arabian food. Bonus: No entrance fee!
Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and the Yas Marina Circuit
Ferrari World is a Ferrari themed amusement park boasting the world’s fastest roller coaster. Highlights include 5 rollercoasters, several simulators, a go-kart circuit and a Ferrari driving experience. A 2 day ticket includes the Yas Waterworld which has over 40 slides, rides and attractions. The shop area in Ferrari World is where you can buy your tickets, browse the shops and view displays – free! The Yas Marina Circuit is, of course, the Formula 1 track. Here you can go-kart, attend one of the many events or experience the thrill of racing your chosen F1 car, all for a price so have your wallet ready.
Shopping by Night
Comfortable, leisurely experience where you can spend as little or as much money as you want. Get ready to bargain in the gold shops where the price of gold corresponds with the daily international rate. They can make you a piece of jewellery or you can browse their many pre-made pieces. Hamdan Street was our area of choice and we were not disappointed; our favorite shop was Al Jazira Jewellery. Alternatively, if you are not so adventurous, there are several shopping malls in the city.
Notes of Interest:
Watch the Video: One Night in Abu Dhabi
During Ramadan, opening hours change so be sure to check before you go
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates