While his close neighbors Dubai is always a focus of world records, almost every day, Abu Dhabi is the largest city in the UAE and is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. With so many to offer and located just a short distance from Dubai, visitors in each city should try to visit other places as they both have different highlights. Here’s everything you need to do in Abu Dhabi!
Abu Dhabi Mosque – Must See Abu Dhabi
Quick Guide to Abu Dhabi
Etihad calls Abu Dhabi as their home base, so check their website for great deals on flight prices or see their global airline partners. Many foreigners do not need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates and many others qualify for a visa (free) upon arrival. See all items here.
The most convenient way to get around town is by taxi, offering a flat rate of 75 dirhams (approximately $ 20 USD / $ 25 AUD). The journey takes about 40 minutes depending on the traffic.
The easiest way to get around Abu Dhabi is by car and by international standards, taxis are still reasonable. It is also within walking distance. But heat may be the biggest obstacle.
Visiting the UAE as a foreigner is almost as scary as possible. Of course, there is a bit of cultural shock … But as in Dubai, Abu Dhabi is filled with expatriates who make the international city a lot. There are certain laws to beware of such a state of Muslim majority:
Dress a semi-greenhouse with no short shorts or skirts, and not too much skin. Of course, in mosques, dressing is more strictly done by women covering their heads, ankles and wrists. (At the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, you can rent Abaya to cover yourself.)
Do not show public love – that is, kissing or hugging in public.
During Ramadan, no one is allowed to eat or drink in public because it is a fasting month for Muslims.
Things to see
Sheik Zayad Mosque – See the full guide to the Great Mosque here.
Emirates Palace – An Impressive Show of Ultimate Wealth High tea is pleasant!
Ferrari World – It looks like a huge theme park based on a car brand.
The city of Abu Dhabi is filled with spectacular sights.
Emirates Palace – The lush Arabian palaces that will make you feel like a royal family when you come.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr – Modern rooms with views of the Great Mosque.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort – Escape from the desert, out by the desert, camel wilderness, and endless possibilities of the stars.
What to eat and drink
Arabian dishes should surprise you. Be sure to try the hummus, falafel, halloumi roast, tabouleh, ghanoush baba and Arabian dessert fattoush. It’s surprising!
Italian – Try Frankie’s Italian cuisine with the best Italian home. Open for lunch and dinner at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
Japanese – Try the Zuma for a delicious Japanese meal and a great cocktail. Open for lunch and dinner at The Galleria.
Lebanon – Beirut Beirut for the Middle East Open for lunch and dinner @ Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.
Dubai is nearby and less than 2 hours to drive. Taxis are also available for travel. Desert safari is also popular and is available every day.