If you are a traveller, you must tour Abu Dhabi at least once. It is one of the most amazing cities in the world. From adventure thirsty adults to children looking to have loads of fun, Abu Dhabi caters to a wide array of vacationers. Such is the fast rising popularity of Abu Dhabi that people who vacation in Dubai, also plan a separate day in Abu Dhabi. However, it can be challenge, as there is a lot to see and do here. So, here are a few attractions and activities that can be done in one day. They will allow you to perfectly capture the spirit of Abu Dhabi.
A Visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed, the grand emir of U.A.E. was a man of peace and unity. He envisioned a mosque where all the different sects of Islam can put aside their differences, and pray to God. He began the construction of the Grand Mosque, an impressive structure that was to become the most important mosque in the Middle East. It also became his burial site.
Made from marble, gold and precious stones, the Grand Mosque is an impressive structure comprising more than 1000 columns, 82 domes, pools, and the recording breaking hand knotted carpet that is present in the main prayer hall. It is open for tourists throughout the week, except on Friday morning and afternoon. The mosque can accommodate an astonishing 40,000 people at a time. No matter what faith you follow, you can’t help but be impressed by the Grand Mosque, so, be sure to start you day long tour here.
A Quick Ride at Ferrari World
The Ferrari World on Yas Island is probably the most popular destination in Abu Dhabi. It is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster ride, Formula Rossa. Millions of people visit this place each year, making it a must-see attraction. The first ride you should try is of course Formula Rossa. You will experience a speed of 239 km/h, and G-force only Formula 1 drivers experience. There are other exciting rides as well like Fiorano GT Challenge, Scuderia Challenge, Turbo Track, and Flying Aces. There’s entertainment for people of all ages. So, make sure your afternoon is spent exploring the most exciting place in Abu Dhabi.
Afternoon Tea at Emirates Palace
How does high tea in a palace sound? Perfect, right? The Emirates Palace hosts a daily afternoon high tea session, and you can be a part of the event by purchasing tickets. The Emirates Palace is actually a five-star hotel, considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The Emirates Palace also has a private beach among all other luxuries. Their high tea event is quite popular, as participants are served exotics teas and other beverages with sweet and savoury snacks. You can also tour the Emirates Palace. It is quite a sight, and the perfect place to end your afternoon.
Sunset at the Corniche
One of the most beautiful sights in Abu Dhabi is the Corniche. This amazing walled beach is the perfect place to unwind after an eventful day. As the sun sets, and the heat goes down, many wafting aromas will welcome you to the Corniche. The beach is one of the best places to eat a wide variety fast foods. Corniche also has many children’s park full of play equipment. Children will have a great time, leaving the parents to relax in the beautiful atmosphere. There are parks, and jogging and cycle tracks as well. All in all, the Corniche is photogenic place that you must visit in the evening.
Dinner at Dhow Cruise
Another activity Abu Dhabi is famous for is the Dhow Dinner Cruise. This romantic activity is full of entertainment. First, you board a traditional dhow that has been converted into a cruise boat. Here’ you are served dinner and welcome drinks. Post dinner, there’s family entertainment and you can end the night taking in views of the marina. It is the perfect way to end an eventful day in Abu Dhabi.
Though the above mentioned activities are a great way to tour Abu Dhabi, there are other ways as well that you can try. The Hop-on Hop-off Tour buses are a great way to see all the attractions of Abu Dhabi through the day. These buses run throughout, and you can catch any bus after you are done seeing a place. As you can see, there’s so much you can do in just one day, but make sure you get the most out of this one day in Abu Dhabi.