The Breakwater is located just near the Marina Mall. It is part of a reclaimed land connected by a causeway to the corniche. The beachfront walkways are an extension of the corniche project. From here you can have a spectacular views of the city.
A nice place just to sit and feel the cool breeze esp during sunset til night.Add to your Trip Planner
Tallest Flagpole in Abu Dhabi
The Tallest Flagpole (unsupported) can be found in Abu Dhabi, about 123m tall. Formerly known as the tallest unsupported flagpole in the world not until Jordan erected their own about 3 meters higher (126m).
You can see this Flagpole like a welcoming hand from afar. Located near the Marina Mall and the Sports Club.Add to your Trip Planner
There are many watch towers that you will still notice standing tall on the hill tops of the UAE during your off road driving adventures. The watch towers were built to warn the inhabitants of villages of approaching bandits.
The design of the watch towers is characteristically human face shaped with a nose, ears two eyes.Related to:
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Absolutely a must! Its very touristic but believe me has a lot of fun and in one day you can experience a lot :) Book with one of million companies a tour that starts usually at 16:00 till 21.00-22.00.It starts from a visit to a camel farm where you socialize with camels lol and take a look of how these farms look like.After that you go with the 4x4 car in dunes and the big party begins!Remember that if you ate late that day you will have problems with the stomach, adrenaline comes in big amounts.At first I was closing my eyes but then I was losing the fun so hold tight and enjoy it!A short stop for relaxing as the sun sets in desert and then we went to a beduins camp where we had tea or coffee and buffet with lebanese food mmmm.You can have a hena tattoo (I did), smoke from nargile and put some beduins clothes on.At the end we all took part to a belly dance trying to follow the movements of the dancer he he
In desert it is very cold at night so dont forget to have some extra clothes with youAdd to your Trip Planner
Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque the main thing to do in Abu Dhabi in my opinion. It's absolutely idyllic and I adored spending an hour there. The building is so white,imposing & spectacular, inside is very grand and colourful. I went in July and it wasn't too busy (most tourists avoid this time of year because of the heat!) It's also free... take some water though and I couldnt see anywhere to buy stuff like this!
Dress conservatively, especially if you're a lady. I got stared at even though I was wearing long linen trousers and a very baggy long sleeved top. When you arrive, ladies will be told not to enter and directed towards a room where you can pick up an Abaya to wear (the black arabic costume) You must then go behind a screen to place this over your own clothes. You are then allowed to enter the mosque grounds, if you want to go inside everyone (even men) have to remove their shoes and leave them outside. There's lovely soft carpet inside and I entirely understand their thinking here.
It's an amazing, enriching cultural experience and if you do nothing else in Abu Dhabi, do this!Related to:
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camel trek in the desert at sunset
now this may look easy but my muscles were surprisingly sore for a few days after. make sure that your "saddle" (i use the term loosely) is on tight or you will end up on your camel's ënd" like i did. (this may explain the sore muscles.)
you will be driven out to the dunes once again where you will meet your camels.
pay careful attention to this next bit of info: hold on very tight when the camel stands up or lays down. they are very tall beasts and if you fall it will hurt. i promise.
you can arrange a trek for just you or a group.
it is awesome to plod slowly along with the wind stirring the sand up in little puffs and the sun is enormous and red low in the sky. complete silence.
if you want you can ask your guide to make the camels gallop and you can race along the red sands together.Related to:
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there are many local tour companies in abu dhabi that will drive you and your friends way out to the desert so you can be scared-to-death. i'm not kidding.
you will fly over the tops of enormous dunes, skid out, slide down, and up, catch some air in a 4wd with a young kamikaze at the wheel. if you scream it just encourages him to drive a little wilder. after a few minutes you calm down and begin to accept that death is imminent ...you've been warned.Related to:
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Fishing, Arabian Divers & Sportfishing Charters
Offshore sport fishing charters offered daily. There’s excellent fishing year round in big game sportfishing. Twin diesel sportfishing boat and tournament tackle.
Snorkelling and diving boat charters available daily, sightseeing trips are available too. There are on site facilities and professional instruction. Greg Heinricks also offers retail sales and equipment servicing. East coast excursions are available on request.Add to your Trip Planner
Rent a Bike
Abu Dhabi is not coming even close to the European bike-friendly cities but the Municipality is working on it. This doesn't meet you one can't enjoy a ride around the most beautiful part of the city: the Corniche.
You can rent a bike for AED 30 (approx USD 11/hour) and use the 6 km long bikes-only lane along the Corniche. I particularly recommend this at sunset as you can use it as a good opportunity to take some beautiful pictures of the Abu Dhabi Theatre and the Heritage Village. There are a number of shops and cafe where you can buy some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks from or sit and enjoy a light meal.
For those interested in organized cycling routes across the UAE, the best contact point is DubaiRoadsters.comRelated to:
Khalifa bin Zayed Street
Khalifa bin Zayed Street (known as Khalifa Street) is a main artery that cuts through the heart of the business district of Abu Dhabi. Many of the city's banks and other businesses are headquartered here, therefore it is a showcase of some of the city's most impressive architecture. It runs parallel to the Corniche in the northwest corner of the island of Abu Dhabi.Related to:
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Visit one of the many malls in Abu Dhabi.Its the place where all Arabs meet with their families and enjoy shopping.You can find all the brands and if you visit the place during sales period you will need for sure another suitcase for the things you will buy! :)
Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi is 2 of the malls I visited.Remember that Friday and Saturday are days off for the UAE and most of the shops are closed.Add to your Trip Planner
Fishing & Water Skiing @Beach Rotana Hotel&Towers
Bookings to be made 24 hours in advance. Ask for Steven Soares when booking. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort & Towers (02 6773333) Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort & Towers, Corniche Road East. Daily 6am-6pm.
Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers
Contact: 02 6979302Add to your Trip Planner
Abu Dhabi Duty Free
Abu Dhabi Airport's duty Free area may not be big, but it's very impressive. Almost like an American mall, the duty free area offers a wide variety of clothing, fashion accessories, foods, electronics, jewelery, books, and souvenirs, with several restaurants upstairs. The most interesting thing to me was how all travelers are funneled right through the middle of the stores so you must at least look at what's available.
The only bad thing about this is that rushed travelers hurrying to a gate will be frustrated by the gawking window shoppers who come to sudden stops rights in the middle of the narrow walkway.Add to your Trip Planner
On the west side of the island the boatbuilding yard is arguably slightly more interesting than the working dhow harbour at the other end of the city. The traditional dhows haven’t changed in design in centuries. As you can see at the yard, the modern-day dhow does employ some modern building techniques but predominantly it is made up of the thick teak wood that has always been used to make these distinctive vessels.
At the boatbuilding yard you can see the entire process of building a dhow, while at the harbour you can see working vessels landing their cargoes or embarking on journeys up and down the coast.Add to your Trip Planner
Thunder above our heads - the Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi is the season's opener (every year in April) and in 2008 was won by Briton Paul Bonhomme. Current ranking world champion is American Mike Mangold.
The race came from an idea to merge flying with the most exciting elements of motor racing. The aim was to develop a brand new aviation race that would challenge the ability of the world's best pilots, creating a race in the sky that was not simply about speed, but also precision and skill. The first-ever race kicked-off at the AirPower show in Zeltweg, Austria in June of 2003.
After the official race-season opening in Abu Dhabi, the racers move onto:
> San Diego
The beach around the cornice near the Emirates Palace Hotel and the Marina Shopping Mall was filled with approx. 250,000 spectators, including ourselves with our cool box and a big blanket, comfortably relaxing in the sunshine :-) We had found a perfect spot on the beach, right by the circuit's slalom corner.
Thursday April 10th was the qualifying & training day, and Friday 11th was Race Day. Before the official start of the race on Friday, we and the crowds were kept entertained by skydivers, amazing stunt flying in a small plane, and an incredible display of flips & turns that seemed impossible but were done by a helicopter!
The pilots have to complete the circuit twice as quickly as possible whilst keeping their aircraft between the coloured bars of the air gates while passing through them, AND not forgetting to stick to the regulations of not flying too high or too low. The gates are plastic cones that are constantly being pumped full of air to keep them upright. Some of the veteran races like Mike Mangold were reaching speeds up to 370km/h!
Interestingly, some of these pilots are commercial airline pilots when the race season is not on...
TIMING: usually from about 1pm until 05:30pm.
--> Entrance is free, refreshments are available but considering the long queues it's advisable to bring your own food & drink.
--> If you think you're a very important person, you also have the option of purchasing Hospitality Tickets for the special spectators area near the start/finish line.
TIP: Red Bull Air Race Magazine can be read here:
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