Richest and largest of the seven UAE’s emirates Abu Dhabi is the capital city of UAE. Abu Dhabi has an international airport which is not too far from the main city. Dubai to Abu Dhabi is a convenient hour and half long ride by cab which costs 50 AED or you could take a public bus which runs very frequently.
1. Ferrari World
Abu Dhabi has the largest indoor amusement park called Ferrari World boasting world’s fastest roller coaster which is a must for all adrenaline junkies.
2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
For us, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was easily the best attraction of Abu Dhabi. It is worth making a trip to Abu Dhabi just to checkout the most expensive mosque in the world! You have to dress conservatively while visiting the mosque and have a scarf cover your head – if you don’t have one you can get it inside the mosque. Everything in this mosque is a masterpiece be it the various sized domes, pure white color marble on the exterior, chandeliers or the intricate handknotted carpet.
3. Desert Safari
There are quite a few things to do and see in Dubai. We started our trip with the half day desert safari tour. The tour covered ATV ride, sand dune bashing, camel ride, henna artists, belly dancing combined with dinner feast and open hookah. The tour picked us from our hotel at 3 pm and drop off was around 10 pm.
4. Global Village
Global Village a pretty unique concept that shouldn’t be missed. You can get a flavor of lot of countries here like their handicrafts, pottery, food items etc without actually visiting them 🙂 We personally loved the Turkey and Thailand section for its items and decor. Make sure to set aside 3-4 hours for this.
5. Drive to Palm Jumeirah
Later in the evening we drove to see the only 7 star hotel in the world, Burj-Al-Arab. To enter this hotel you either need to be staying here or have a meal in one of their restaurants. Man made Jumeriah islands and the Atlantis hotel are about 15 mins drive from here so don’t miss to checkout this ultra posh part of Dubai. As the name suggests Palm Jumeriah island is in the shape of a palm which you will be able to figure out only if you are flying on top of it, driving through does not give the complete picture.
6. Gold Souk
On the last day of our Dubai trip we took a pleasant abra ride from Bur Dubai along Dubai Creek and disembarked at the Spice Souk in Deira. You can feel the aroma of herbs and spices as you walk through the narrow alleys. Adjoining this is the glittering Gold Souk which displays some insane amount of gold jewelry that I am sure you must have not seen elsewhere. It is almost impossible to not shop any jewelry here so keeping the trend alive I did some myself 😉
7. Dubai Mall
After this we went to Dubai Mall which is not less than a mini city in itself. It is so huge that it takes more than a day to cover entirely with all sorts of brands and departmental stores, eateries including the immaculate Laduree, aquarium, skii world and the musical fountains! Make sure to watch the musical fountain show which is every 30 mins starting 7 pm. Burj Khalifa tallest building in the world is in the same vicinity so you can club both these together.