Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the second most populated city after the well-known Dubai.
Here I have described how to get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back. If you happen to be in Abu Dhabi, you can use the information to get to Dubai. Now is time talk about What to do in Abu Dhabi and what to see in Abu Dhabi.
What to do in Abu Dhabi 1 – Great Sheikh Zayed Mosque
This mosque is one of the largest in the world, up to 41,000 people can get there at once. The mosque is beautifully decorated with colourful stones, 24-carat gold and the whole building is made of white marble.
You will see the world’s largest chandeliers from Swarovski company. You can go inside, but you need to get properly dressed, for example, ladies get the traditional robe to be properly covered.
Entry and rental of the clothes are free of charge! At certain times there are also free guided tours, or you can get an audio guide in several languages (including English).
The building is really fascinating even from afar. It took 15 billion in order to build such a building and if you decide to visit it, you will see that it is well-invested money.
Imagine 100 meters high minarets and 82 domes, this is the Sheikh Zayed mosque (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque).
What to do in Abu Dhabi 2 – Corniche Road coastal promenade
The 8km long promenade, with the Corniche Beach, offers a great opportunity for a walk by the ocean and it is a pretty nice place to relax at.
At the end of the promenade, you can see one of the most expensive hotels in the world – the 7-star Emirates Palace.
What to do in Abu Dhabi 3 – The desert island Sir Bani Yas Island
An interesting place with hotels and wildlife all around. There is Arabian Wildlife Park, where there are more than 10 thousand animals. The park is surely worth your time as it is really beautiful and there is much to see.
What to do in Abu Dhabi 4 – Yas Island amusement park
The largest indoor amusement park in the world, including hotels, shopping centres, restaurants and even other amusement parks. You will find there Ferrari World with the fastest Yas Marina circuit and the gigantic water world Yas.
You can ride through a Formula 1 circuit. For example, on a bicycle or in a seater or just walk through it, there are plenty of options.
In conclusion, I would like to say that there are, of course, huge shopping centres, but above all beautiful buildings, beautiful skyscrapers and hotels. Some buildings very different from the ones in Dubai.
So if you are fascinated by nice buildings, you will love to go for a walk through the city, and see buildings like Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre or Aldar HQ Building. I loved every single one of them.
Abu Dhabi has a lot of small islands around and you can get to some of the islands. There are also souks (traditional marketplaces) with gold, spices, carpets, fish, etc. If you go to Abu Dhabi by bus via Turbopass, you can go by bus on a tour through the town with an open-top bus roof and visit the main things in the city.
Thanks to the Turbopass, you can also visit the Etihad Towers Observation Deck at a discount price, you only pay around 50 AED and there are food and drink in the price of 50 AED involved. The standard price is 95 AED. You will have the opportunity to look from the 74th floor at the surrounding area and across the whole Abu Dhabi.