While the Emirates of Dubai are pinnacle gems of the Arab Emirates attracting visitors from around the globe, Abu Dhabi, the capital city is likewise getting a mark on traveling itineraries of being the Cultural center of the Gulf. Merely 90miles from Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the biggest city of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi known for its conservative philosophy but more advanced
Outlook towards future. It may not receive as much attention in comparison to Dubai, but Abu Dhabi certainly has striking attractions & landmarks in the Arabian Peninsula.
Although a day trip to Abu Dhabi is not enough to experience the culture and grandeur it can offer, but there are some popular day tours offered from Dubai that can be opted for.
So here are some of the popular attractions that can be visited in a day:
If you are crazy for cars & especially if it’s a Ferrari, then you are at the right place. Ferrari World is first of its kind the only Ferrari-themed attraction in the world inaugurated in 2010. The park is supposed to be more or less around 7 football fields and significantly holds the world’s biggest indoor theme park designation. The theme park is full of activities and can be relished by children as well as adults.
Located on a man-made island called as Yas Island, Yas Mall is one of the top shopping destinations in Abu Dhabi. As any other malls in the United Arab Emirates, Yas Mall offers a great deal of shopping & dining options to its visitors.
Al Mina Fruit & Date Market
Dates are part of the culture in the Arab Emirates and this place is perfect to venture out for dates. The Souq where you can get different verities & best quality local dry fruits & dates from neighboring regions like Oman & Saudi Arabia. The price is very reasonable and can be bargained as per required. The best part is, the shopkeeper will offer you sample pieces to give you a better idea of the quality and taste were offered. Must visit place for dates and dry fruit lovers.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
The place where you can relax is the Abu Dhabi Corniche. This spectacular waterfront stretches for 6kms and offers some breathtaking views of turquoise waters with the backdrop of Abu Dhabi Skyline. It’s the best place to ease off your stress and feel the ocean breeze.
The waterfront is adjoined by parks, walkways & cycle path for the entire stretch. The Corniche beachfront has been awarded the internationally renowned Ecolabel of Blue Flag status that guarantees clean & safe bathing water. Altogether, this Corniche must not be missed while paying a visit to Abu Dhabi.
One of the most beautiful iconic landmarks of Abu Dhabi is Emirates Palace. This splendid brown structure is a 7-star ultra-luxurious hotel certainly drawing attention while making a brief photo stopover. The palace is located on the prestigious Corniche road along a private beach and verdant gardens.
The Emirates Palace is classical Arabian architecture with lavish facilities & royal services, undoubtedly an answer to Dubai’s Burj Al Arab. The best way to traverse the palace is by taking 45-minutes private guided tour to understand the palace architecture. To get the true royal feel, one should book at least one night stay in Emirates Palace.
A day trip to Abu Dhabi must include Emirates palace as to showcase the beauty & warmth of Arabian culture.
Abu Dhabi is a truly world-class city & it has it’s own way to offer you the stunning panorama of its perspectives, gladly Marina Eye is the perfect place to head to. Opened to the public in the year 2015 and functions through all 7 days of the week, the gigantic wheel stands at 196 feet tall and has 42 capsules in total including VIP pods. No matter what time you prefer to hop on, you will be assured with great sites from all around and that too just for 50 AED. Altogether an amazing way to catch glimpse of this beautiful city.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
If there is any description for Grand then it has to relate to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This astonishing marvel is by far the best we have encountered and is said to be one of the largest in the world.
Grand Mosque was a vision for the late “Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan” whom with the help of thousands of workers & artisans from around the world, created a magnificent place of worship. The design is highly inspired by Persian, Mughal & Alexandrian style and yet maintains a unique identity. The mosque can accommodate over 40,000 worshippers, whereas the main prayer hall can hold over 7,000.
The main prayer hall possesses third largest chandelier in the world and largest hand-knotted carpet. This modern Islamic architecture has 82 domes of seven different sizes held up high by thousands of pillars and surrounded by 107m high four minarets.
The floral design courtyard measuring around 17,000sq.m is believed to be the largest example of marble mosaic in the world.
The water body along the colonnade reflects the columns and creates an eye-catching view. The interiors are equally breathtaking with the mixture of contemporary & innovative with marble columns studded with mother-of-pearl to Qibla wall featured with 99 names of Allah in Kufic calligraphy, everything about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is beautifully detailed & worth appreciable.
The dress code for both Males & Females needs to be appropriate. Males should wear either ‘Kanduras’ which are borrowed for free or pants covering legs. Women should also wear full clothes or ‘Abayas’ which can be borrowed for free or provided by Tour companies.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday Mornings.
To sum up, with, there are still plenty of places in and around this beautiful city and must not be missed if you are planning for long stays.
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