Although it isn’t associated with all the glitz and glamour of Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a must-visit!
During my trip to Dubai, I took a day trip to the capital of the United Arab Emirates and I was not disappointed. It is difficult to see everything in a day, and it was a bit rushed, but there were some highlights!
Our first visit was to the Yas Marina Circuit. We were able to drive over the famous Formula One track, but were not able to stop to explore. We drove over the track twice and then moved on to Ferrari World, where we stopped briefly to have a look around. Ferrari World is a great place for fans to spend the day, and the amusement park even includes a roller-coaster which you can see here.
The Heritage Village which we then visited was a sharp contrast to the modern and glamorous Ferrari World. The village offers an insight into traditional living and aims to replicate an oasis which demonstrates what life was once like in the emirates. Wandering through traditional homes and cultural displays fascinating and lovely to explore, and the waterside views were beautiful.
Highlights of our drive through Abu Dhabi included views of the Palace (we could not stop, as vehicles are not permitted to stop outside the gates, though we did get a lovely view from Al Kasir and the Marina Village), and the famous five Etihad Towers which featured in Furious 7, the seventh film in the The Fast and The Furious franchise.
We were also able to (quickly) see the old palace, which has been transformed into the beautiful Emirates Palace Hotel. Even from the outside, the palace is incredibly impressive and regal.
The final stop on our Abu Dhabi day tour was the absolutely stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. After 11 years of construction, the result is truly beautiful.
We spent an hour here, and I was overwhelmed by the intricate detail and immense care taken in the design and execution of the Grand Mosque. Flower patterns decorate every surface – the marble, the carpets, the glass – and the mosque holds a sense of great calm and tranquillity.
You can see and read more about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque here in last week’s blog post.