Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

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Abu Dhabi Highlights

  • Pro
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    chizz says…

     Nice weather, Emirates Palace, good beach clubs, enough things to do 

  • Con
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    toni28 says…

     extreme hot in summer 

  • In a nutshell
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    Faiza-Ifrah says…

     A haven for traveler wishing road less traveled. 

Abu Dhabi Things to Do

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    The Grand Mosque is simply a must do in Abu Dhabi and even if you are anywhere in the U.A.E. you simply must make a trip to Abu Dhabi to visit the Grand Mosque. The structure is simply marvelous and the decor one of the most sophisticated. The details and the finery is sure to make you say 'WOW' repeatedly!! Take time to walk around. There are wash...

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  • Corniche

    We walked from the White Fort to the Corniche Beach Park. I liked the paintings on the walls of the underpass on route. Along the edge of the beach was a walkway with shade and a breeze. The beach was clean and spacious; the water looked inviting. Sadly we did not have time for a swim.

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  • Emirates Palace

    This is the poshest hotel in Abu Dhabi and I would have loved to visit except I don't think you can unless you are staying there or have a meal reservation. I was not sure where to view it from and discovered I could see it from the Heritage Village, though the best view is from the main road near Marina Mall. We arrived at this view point in the...

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Abu Dhabi Restaurants

  • Fresh salads and delicious meals

    There is an eatery at Ikea which is actually more than a cafe. They provide foods that are priced according to weight. It is inexpensive and delicious. There is good variety to choose from vegetarian and non vegetarian options.

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  • There is something for everyone.

    Biryani Pot based in Galleria Mall, Al Marayah island Abu Dhabi, certainly a fresh transformation in Fast food Concept, I was visiting with my friends we decided to try out this new place, we ordered Biryanis and Chicken Tikka Masala along with few nan / breads. The Biryani was served in this claypot wrapped up with Dough, simply to keep the...

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  • arabic food, shisha and a playground

    a lovely little cafè where locals go, with decent arabic food and the possibility of sitting outside. there's a playground there, so it's good for families - and good also for getting to know people, if kids start playing together. lovely mouttabal - and decent shish tawouk. the rest of the family chose non-arabic food... and it wasn't too bad, at...

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Abu Dhabi Nightlife

  • Salsa Nights:

    For salsa aficionados, Abu Dhabi offers plenty of choices including live music and free classes. If you'd like to try something new and get an idea of the multicultural side of Abu Dhabi, I also recommend these nights as they're popular among all nationalities and age groups.The most popular dancing styles are salsa L.A On1 but a good number of...

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  • Best Ladies Night in Town

    Nightlife in Abu Dhabi is by far less sizzling that it it's noisier sister emirate, Dubai, but there are a handful of go-to places which offer the excuse of dressing-up and enjoying a good mix and a glass of wine, sometimes coupled with a beautiful night view.It is the case of Yacht Club in the InterContinental Hotel. Featuring commercial music,...

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  • Karaoke

    Karaoke, live music, and Filipino food (and beer). A trio plays live music for about 30 minutes than takes off for 30 minutes to rest and allow patrons to sing karaoke. Mostly pop music. Food is not the best and watch out that they don't screw you with the prices. I ate here one night and ordered an item that was 35 AED but when the bill came they...

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Abu Dhabi Transportation

  • Gulf Air

    We were going to Abu Dhabi to attend a wedding, but this coincided with people returning after the Eid Ramadan holiday, and the opening of the schools. We could not find any airlines [Emirates, Fly Dubai, Etihad etc ] to fly us from Khartoum to Abu Dhabi. One of our party could only get Business Class on Egypt air, which meant 4 or 7 hour transit...

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  • Abu Dhabi via Van or Car

    again most of the visitors and tourists going to Abu Dhabi are coming from dubai as there are not many tourist going directly to Abu Dhabi as it is only recently that the Abu Dhabi Government is promoting the Emirate as a tourist destination. Many of the tourist from Dubai flock to Abu Dhabi via the big tour buses or via small tour vans and private...

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  • Abu Dhabi International Airport

    The United Arab Emirates is such an astounding country, where can you see two major international airports of one country that lie on the same road (E 11 road, known as the shiekh maktoum road in Abu Dhabi and Shiekh Zayed Road in Dubai) and only 134 kilometers (83 miles) apart that have 2 national carriers (Etihad for Abu Dhabi and Emirates for...

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Abu Dhabi Shopping

  • Be prepared to splurge!

    In case you already have Ikea in your country, then maybe it is not a big deal. But for me Ikea stores are a place I look forward to shopping in since I find their products, reasonable, reliable and exclusive. We do not have Ikea stores in India. Home decor products, Linens, garden equipment, furnishing, furniture and much more.

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  • Malls

    Like all Malls, shopping takes on a different flavour in the Gulf. To be inside an airconditioned environment with everything under one roof is wonderful. The décor is also tasteful and pleases the eye.The variety of shops means you can find almost anything you need, or just window shop. Just a sample: Woolworths. Plug-insLeave the children at Fun...

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  • Ferrari World Shops

    Going on a Ferrari World Tour in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is quite an experience as it is the only ferari themed park in the world! and what is a tour of the park without the obligatory shopping for ferrari and ferrari world souvenirs? there are a few of ferrari world shops around the complex, with the largest on the exit area, where you can buy...

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Abu Dhabi Local Customs

  • Ferrari World Souvenir Drinking Bottles

    this will be my pictures of my ferrari world Drinking Bottleyou can buy the souvenir drinking bottles for AED 45 at any ferrari world store inside or as a meal combo if you dine at any of the restaurants in ferrari world where you only just add AED 25 (an AED 20 discount) for a meal and drinking bottle combo so if your meal will cost AED 30, then...

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  • Ferrari World Shot Glass

    this will be my pictures of my ferrari world Shot GlassI must have a separate Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Fridge Magnet besides the regular Abu Dhbai Fridge magnets as thewy have different themes. you can buy an assortmetn of Ferrari World Souvenir Items at the various ferrari world souvenir stores lining the ferrari world indoor park in yas island (28...

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  • Ferrari World Fridge Magnets

    this will be my pictures of my ferrari world Fridge Magnets.I must have a separate Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Fridge Magnet besides the regular Abu Dhbai Fridge magnets as thewy have different themes. you can buy an assortmetn of Ferrari World Souvenir Items at the various ferrari world souvenir stores lining the ferrari world indoor park in yas...

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Abu Dhabi Warnings and Dangers

  • Fast Car Rentals Abu Dhabi/SCAM

    MONEY STEALERS .... If this company has your credit card information, they will take money from your account. You have to sign a form stating that they are authorized to take money owing to them (damages, tickets etc). Legally, anytime they say you owe them money they will access your account without informing you and there is nothing you can do....

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  • Fake Taxis

    Dont accept offers of a taxi in the arrival section. These people are not legitimate taxi drivers only private people who are trying to make some money. Don't know if they will take you somewhere where their mates are and rob you.. We were approached and refused their service

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  • WASTA

    Wasta is a word often heard in Dubai in the UAE. It is Arabic and translates as something like authority, influence, political (or other) power, connections, or a combination of those terms. In practical terms it means that some rules can become more flexible if you have wasta, or know someone who has wasta. Also, a bit of wasta can smooth or speed...

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Abu Dhabi Tourist Traps

  • Ramadan

    During the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, non-Muslims will be expected to respect the local culture in many Islamic countries, and should be aware of certain rules and regulations.The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Each day of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink during daylight hours. The fast is...

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  • Eating with Muslims

    If you are invited to eat with Muslims here are some tips to follow:1) If you are seated on the floor, make sure that the soles of your feet (with or without shoes/socks) do not point towards anyone.Its considred very rude2) If cutlery is not provided, you eat with your hands; your right hand, to be precise!because you use your left hand to wash...

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  • Wasta

    Wasta is a word often heard in Dubai in the UAE. It is Arabic and translates as something like authority, influence, political (or other) power, connections, or a combination of those terms. In practical terms it means that some rules can become more flexible if you have wasta, or know someone who has wasta. Also, a bit of wasta can smooth or speed...

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Abu Dhabi What to Pack

  • Bring Large Memory & Powerful Optical...

    If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away....

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  • I found it hard to pack for

    Clothing was what worried me for going to Abu Dhabi as I knew certain parts of the UAE are very conservative. Don't wear hot pants, it won't be appreciated at all. I wore shorts that were just above the knee and got a lot of unwanted attention from men. Very few actually say anything, some make a sort of... wolf whistle equivalent though. Men &...

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  • Handkerchief or some cloth

    If you are in Abu Dhabi during summer or season transition, keep a handkerchief handy. Strong winds blowing sand would be quite common and sandstorm is a nightmare. Having a handkerchief or cloth at least helps you to filter out the sand from entering your nose or mouth.

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Abu Dhabi Off The Beaten Path

  • see abu dhabi from high up...

    if you want to see abu dhabi from high up, head to burj marina inside the marina mall, and then take the elevator to the first stop: the coffee shop. the stop higher up is a restaurant. People there, at cafe colombiano, are very nice and don't mind letting you look around and taking pictures... at night it is very suggestive!

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  • Cruising Around Abu Dhabi

    one advantage of having a private tour is that you can ask your tour guide slash driver to cruise around Abu Dhabi area, including the Corniche, Marina, Downtown areas and you can make stops at areas you want and you can have extra time to go around if you are willing to pay an extra AED 120 per hour extra if you exceeded your 10 hour limit, which...

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  • Try sand skiing at a village scene in...

    Liwa is an oasis area in the Abu Dhabi. It sits right on the edge of the Rub Al Khali (empty quarter), the largest sand desert in the world (ie. there is more sand in this desert than any other). A number of small towns and villages make up the Liwa area. Farms back right up against towering dunes hundreds of meters high. The sand varies in color...

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Abu Dhabi Sports & Outdoors

  • Ferrari World Tickets and Admission

    Going to the Ferrari World in Yas Island is one of the highlights of Abu Dhabi and the park is open everyday except monday.you can buy tickets online or via the Ferrari World Tour Package that Abu Dhabi and Dubai Tour Companies Offer, the Ferrari World Tour includes Park admission and transportation to and from the theme park and costs AED 285 from...

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  • Formula One Racing

    With the new race track for Formula One open in Abu Dhabi, it brings a new venu available for Grand Prix afficianados.The whole set up is amazing from the parking lot, inside, the stands and, of course, the excitement of the cars speeding before your eyes

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  • falconry

    A traditional activity still practised is falconry, known as the 'sport of sheikhs'. Visitors can witness displays that illustrate the speed and precision of these regal birds of prey, and even have the chance to try the sport themselves

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Abu Dhabi Favorites

  • Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Abu Dhabi Emirate... and has possibly one of the most magnificent modern skylines ever built... all along Corniche Rd. Made up of hundreds of interconnected islands - it is the richest Emirate of the six. Fortune magazine and CNN stated in 2007 that Abu Dhabi was the richest city in the world... fortunately it...

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  • The UAE Dirham (AED)

    the United Arab Emirates Dirham is the main currency of the Country and of the Emirate of Dubai since 1978. The Dirham is pegged to the US Dollar at 1 Us DOllar is 3.67 Dirhams since 1997 hence other currencies either have more or less exchange rate to the dirham, depending on the currency fluctuations but the US Dolllar to AED Dirham remains the...

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  • Abu Dhabi Day Tours

    Abu Dhabi is the Capital of the United Arab Emirates and composes 87% of the territory of the UAE. Abu Dhabi is just a 2 hour drive away from Dubai via the Shiekh Zayed Road from Dubai (where most of the Tourists visiting Abu Dhabi comes from). Abu Dhabi is about 130 kilometers away from the Burj Khalifa Tower in Downtown Dubai and although the...

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