“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” – Unknown
So, next time you pack your bags and your flight lands in the ethereal city of Abu Dhabi, here’s what you shouldn’t miss. Well, I would never want to miss on these for sure!
The key is to start early. Rent a car, wear a lot of sunscreen and last, but not the least, wear modest clothes; respect the Muslim country rules, if given a chance to travel there!
The best way to start the day, I believe, is to observe the city skyline with sand between your toes. A visit to the Corniche beach would be a perfect way to start the day in Abu Dhabi. It’s refreshing atmosphere away from the hustle bustle of the city will fill you with an ecstasy if you love the ocean.
Your next stop must be the Emirates Palace. It opens at 10 a.m. and allows visitors for free. You will be floored by the pristine, spotless, perfect hotel. It is the most luxurious, not to mention, also the most expensive hotel in Abu Dhabi. (Note that they do not allow slippers or shorts inside).
The Heritage Village, a renovated village that gives people an understanding of the pre-oil era in the UAE is worth a visit. This cultural attraction showcases a time that is still in evidence in many parts of Arabia today.
One of the most impressive mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the center of attraction of this city. It was built over a long time of 11 years and was named after their late president. The white marble symbolizes piety and purity. It is better to visit this splendid structure at dusk because it is cooler then.
The Ferrari World, in the man-made island called the Yas Island has the record having the world’s fastest roller coaster. If you’re not afraid of heights and velocity, do take a ride. I would really relish this!
While in the Yas Island, I would also visit the Yas Marina Circuit, which has the Formula One Grand Prix and the YasWaterworld.
The Saddiyat Island is home to the Louvre Museum, which is still under construction and is expected to be complete within this year. This magnificent city also has a complex bridge called the Sheikh Zayed Bridge which is a sight to behold.
Also, I wouldnt miss a desert safari if Í get the chance. Abu Dhabi is said to be more peaceful than Dubai and has far less tourist attractions. That gives travelers endless opportunities to swim in the ocean, soak up the sun and allows endless shopping time at malls! This capital has its own unique beauty that can be found nowhere else in the world. I hope I take back lots of stories memories and gifts for my family and friends from there, if I get this valuable chance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This article is written by Pranati Yellapantula, our intern.