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What You Should Know More About Abu Dhabi

  • Travel Tips

    • In Abu Dhabi smoking is banned in public places. The health minister here has levied some rigid laws because of the rise in the number of smokers aged between 12 to 16 years.

    • Despite the fact that Abu Dhabi is considered to be a very safe place but it is still recommended to travel in groups during the night hours.

    • Tourist traps are usually absent here but don’t take your safety for granted. Hire a guide who is from a known and trusted agency.

    • Don’t let any stranger mislead you.

    • Keep away from drugs.

    • Make sure you don’t leave behind your valuables in the hotel.

    • Carry with you a copy of your passport and license whenever you are out.

    • Dress appropriately. This is strictly applicable for the women. It is always safe to avoid skimpy or revealing clothing.

    • Do not carry with you cash more than necessary.

    • Acquire enough information before venturing out to a new place.

    • Avoid staying in hotels located on secluded areas.

    • Do not photograph wherever you see a sign of ‘No Photography’.

    • Filming without permission is not allowed.

    • Don’t get over friendly with anyone you barely know.

  • Drinking Age

    The legal age for drinking in Abu Dhabi is 18 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Heritage Village

    The Heritage Village of Abu Dhabi is an authentic replica of the typical Bedouin encampment. This well puts forth an idea on the typical Emirati life before oil flourishing. Located in the pretty beach area of the city, this is an amusing place to wander post visit. You’ll find here exhibits featuring pearl diving trade, traditional objects of everyday life including the one’s introducing the local agriculture. Unfortunately, the information available on the museum is insufficient.  


    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 

    Sheathed in the Macedonian marble, this incredibly alluring and absolutely colossal Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a landmark heritage of Abu Dhabi. This beautiful mosque is an important sightseeing attraction of the city.  It interblends Fatamid, Mameluke and Ottoman design elements so as to create a balanced and thoroughly modern mosque that proclaims the Islamic architecture. Intricate carvings, artisans utilized glass word and mosaic tiling create a spectacular effect both on the interior and the exterior. Post 2 decades of construction, the mosque was opened for general public in the year 2007. The mosque is able to accommodate about 40,000 worshippers thereby making it the biggest mosque of the United Arab Emirates.   


    Al-Hosn Palace

    Al-Hosn Palace also known as the White Fort or the Old Fort is the oldest building of the city. Built in 1793, the palace used to be the residence of the ruling family as well as the seat of the then government. Over the passage of time, the interior of the Al-Hosn Palace has been modernized and renovated. At present, it is used by the Cultural Foundation to accommodate the Centre for Documentation and Research which houses a collection of documents on the history as well as the heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region.  


    Women's Craft Centre 

    The Women's Craft Centre is a phenomenal tourist place for visitors who wish to see the local women depicting their traditional skills such as basketry, weaving and embroidery. This indeed is an exceptional place to pick up authentic and unusual souvenirs that support the work of this centre. At this centre, you can shop for items like carpets, shawls, bags, textiles, baskets, slippers and trays.  


    Observation Deck

    In response to the Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the Observation Deck of the Abu Dhabi. It propagates the skyline views from the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel which is the maximal point in the Abu Dhabi. You’ll have to pay an entry fee if you are not residing in this hotel.   


    Emirates Park Zoo

    Emirates Park Zoo is a short drive away from Abu Dhabi and indeed calls for a fun day tour. You can find a host of animals residing here – elephants, rate white tigers and giraffes. There is also a baboon section that houses an array of monkeys. It also has a sea lion enclosure and a flamingo park. Children can touch and feed the domestic breeds of animals here.  


    Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

    Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is a prominent veterinary hospital for the ill and injured falcons. You can avail guided tours to explore the place well. This tour helps you get up and close with the birds of prey. Lucky ones of you may also get a chance to hold and photograph with one of the falcon.


    Yas Island

    One of the most prominent luxury hotel destinations of Abu Dhabi is Yas Island. The area is a home to the Yas Marina Circuit where all the Formula One racings are conducted annually.


  • What you will like there?

    Stunning Beauty

    One of the prime things that you will like about Abu Dhabi is its varied sightseeing spots and gorgeous beauty. Most tourists who visit the city for the first time are amazed at how beautiful it is. Its soaring skyline is composed of the glistening towers that radiate the sea beneath. Nestled regally on the ocean, Abu Dhabi is rather an island. Waters enclosing the city is vivid, crystal clear and aqua marine in color. Beaches are lined with an exquisite range of date palm tress augmenting the beauty of the fine white sand beneath it.


    The Corniche

    The Corniche is said to be one of the most peculiar tourist places of Abu Dhabi. During the winter months, The Corniche tends to get the maximum footfall in the city. It is equally popular during the hot and sunny months. Important things to do at The Corniche include activities like picnicking, jogging, taking photos, strolling and relaxing with the family. Do, visit The Corniche for its alluring views of the Abu Dhabi skyline while enjoying the breath taking views. In the vicinity, you can find a number of places to grab a delicious snack or a cool drink. There is definitely no bad time to visit The Corniche.


    Boat Tours

    To avail the most significant views of the Abu Dhabi, you need to get out in the water. The views of the sky scrappers and the towering buildings and museums are spectacular from the marina. You can easily find a tour to cater to your budget.


    Laid-back Environment

    Many people who come to Abu Dhabi often fail to acknowledge its lax environment. Its laid back lifestyle comes from the sun-drenched environment that has an understated attitude.  Besides the umpteen number of tourists who come to tour Abu Dhabi, there are also a number of expats inhabiting the city. More often than not, people first visit Dubai and become overwhelmed by the hustle bustle of the city and then finally drift to Abu Dhabi for a quiet, solitary time. In comparison to Dubai, Abu Dhabi has a very small town vibe. There are comparatively fewer places to see but you have umpteen possibilities to swim in the ocean, bask in the glory of the sun, dive out to the desert, BBQ by the shore and picnic in a spread out place.  


    Amazing Design

    Abu Dhabi is a very well planned city. The streets here are extra wide ensuring a smooth flow of traffic. Getting around the city is easy. Availing private tours further makes it easier to breeze around the city in a short while. Abu Dhabi was constructed with an object of growth in mind. Its grid like design was based off of Manhattan making it absolutely ease to navigate and comprehend where you are and where you want to be. This elegant design of Abu Dhabi is indeed another element that helps visitors relax and rejuvenate themselves.  


    Local Traditions

    Here, you’ll find certain traditions that are central to the life in Abu Dhabi. These age old traditions are alive even today. Locals of Abu Dhabi are deeply dedicated to a traditional way of living and this is something that is often exciting and alluring for the visitors who go to Abu Dhabi for spending holidays. Here the local customs have been derived from the Islamic religion and the rich Bedouin heritage. The traditions of the Arab hospitality are also very well thriving and alive here like the ones seen in the cultural elements such as the traditional dress. Men here adorn the white dishdashas while the women wear their traditional black abayas. If you travel towards the suburban neighborhoods, you can very well see the Emiratis dancing and performing on the traditional songs.   


  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?
  • When is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi?

    The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is from November to February when the weather is cool and light breeze makes commuting across and around Abu Dhabi pleasant.

    • If you’re looking for budget travel, prefer travelling from April to September when crowd is manageable and hotels are relatively cheap.

  • How to reach Abu Dhabi?

    By air:- The Abu Dhabi International Airport is well connected by round the clock flights from across the globe. The airport is situated at a close proximity of 30.6 kms from the main city, which makes air travel the most ideal and comforting.

    By road:- Abu Dhabi is well connected by a network of highways. It is situated at a distance of 130 kms from Dubai which can be covered in 90 mins via a five laned highway. Public buses are also available for a cheaper to and fro travel .

    By rail:- A vast network of Etihad Rail is available for a faster commute among Gulf countries and a hyperloop train is planned in the near future which will reduce the travel time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to a mere 12 minutes.

  • What are the different things/activities to do in Abu Dhabi?

    From theme parks, beaches, nightclubs, restaurants and malls, Abu Dhabi has everything to offer. The following activities can be done:

      • Stroll through an epic 4 mile promenade, the Corniche has many places to stop at and enjoy a picnic.
      • Yas islands provide the ultimate adrenaline rush and is said to be one of the largest water parks in the world. Apart from that, visit to Ferrari World, the first theme park dedicated to the illustrious racing car is a must for travelers.
      • Just an hour away from the main city, a range of tours are available to explore the majestic deserts.
      • For once a lifetime experience, feel Abu Dhabi come to life at 5 star Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi.
      • The city is overall very scenic with majestic marvels of architecture and every single road you take across the city has something astonishing to offer.

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Abu Dhabi?

    Some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels of the world are situated in Abu Dhabi providing the best of hospitality. Some of the most preferred hotels and resorts are:

    • Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi
    • Shangri La , Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
    • Hyatt Capital Gate
    • Centro Yas Islands , Abu Dhabi
    • Holiday Inn, Abu Dhabi

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Abu Dhabi?

    A range of transport facilities like public buses, cabs and Abu Dhabi metro is available for smooth and hassle free travel around the city. For tourists public buses at affordable fares are the best alternative. Special shuttle services are also available from Yas Island Resort.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Abu Dhabi?

    Some of the best places to shop

    • Abu Dhabi Mall : With over 200 stores, cinemas and amusements, the Abu Dhabi Mall redefines what it means to be a world-class shopping establishment. It is located in central Abu Dhabi, next to beach Rotana Hotel.
    • Yas Marina Mall : The biggest shopping destination in Abu-dhabi with international retailers, eateries and 20-screen cinema and region’s largest family entertainment zone, is a marvellous indoor day out for the whole family. It is located at the heart of Yas Island and is the perfect point of connection for all the attractions of this island.
    • Avenue at Etihad Towers : Nestled at art inspired deluxe surroundings, this mall is perfect for shoppers looking for a boutique range.
    • The Galleria : The mall with the most elegant architecture and wow factor. Famous for upscale shopping with numerous family and fine dining and restaurants is set on the stunning water waterfront promenade, on Al Maryah Island.

    Apart from these, The Heritage Village has various shops, selling souvenirs and other gift items.

  • Where can I enjoy boat cruising in Abu dhabi?

    A range of cruises including ‘Sunset Cruises’, ‘Island Beach Getaways’, ‘Eco Tours’, and tailored ‘Private Charter Cruises’ are operated around Yas Marina on Yas Island, Souk Qaryat Al Beri marina, Eastern Mangroves Marina, Emirates Palace Marina and rest of the Dhabi’s scenic beautiful islands. These consist of luxury yachts, speedboats etc. that let you take a break from the busy city life, exploring pristine beaches, enjoying swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear turquoise waters.

  • How is Abu Dhabi for a Honeymoon Couple?

    Blessed with some of the most romantic landscapes in the world, It is one of the most sought after destinations in the world. The very utterance of the city brings pictures of skyscrapers, huge parks and gardens, wide green boulevard trailing perfectly with streets and roads, upscale shopping malls, unexplored outdoors, idyllic beaches and even more. Apart from exploring the beautiful city, newlyweds can visit Sheik Zayed Mosque and seek blessings. For couples looking for a memorable honeymoon experience many honeymoon packages are available to choose from.

  • Which are the famous amusement parks in Abu dhabi?

    Abu Dhabi is famous for a number of water parks and amusement parks known for providing the ultimate adrenaline rush. Some the amusement parks are :

    • Yas waterworld, Abu Dhabi
    • Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
    • Murjan Splash waterpark
    • Kidoos Entertainment
    • Fun World

    Of all the amusement parks the Yas Waterworld is the perfect family entertainer. It is advised to visit Ferrari world only if you have an entire day to spare.

  • Which are the best walking tours to take in Abu Dhabi?

    It might seem that the city wasn't built for strolls and walks but one can venture into capital’s pavements discovering scenic strolls, intriguing backstreets and lush green parks . Some of the must take tours are:

    • Inner City walk : Salam Street

    Distance: 4 km there and back

    Start point: Any one of the car parks on Salam Street, between 19th and 25th streets.

    Highlight: It has to be the dolphin fountains at the park, located at the 19th Street junction.

    • Tourist Club Area backstreets Distance: There are endless possibilities on this walk, so you can make it as long or as short as you like. You probably won’t need to walk more than 2km, though.

    When to go: Around dusk when the weather is cooler you’ll find these streets buzzing with activity,

    Highlight: Reward yourself with a strong Turkish coffee on the outdoor patio at Automatic

    Restaurant, a perfect spot for people-watching and soaking up the buzzing atmosphere.

     

    • Corniche

    Distance: Around 5km from Sheraton Abu Dhabi to The Hilton Hotel.

    When to go: Late afternoon, so you can watch the sun.

    Highlight: Undoubtedly the beach, where you can admire the breathtaking views, stroll along the golden sands or see city folk getting away from it all with a spot of capoeira or beach yoga, or even some jet skiing.

  • What is special about the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village? Is it worth a visit?

    The heritage village is a step back to the days Abu Dhabi was a fishing port and trade post. There are a few stalls selling souvenirs and other artifacts. A restaurant and mosque are also present in the heritage village. An attached beach provides the perfect view of Abu Dhabi skyline.

    The heritage village might disappoint some due to higher expectations from the place but it's a risk worth taking .

  • What’s so special about Ferrari World? How do I reach there?

    Heaven on earth for the ultimate adrenaline junkies. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is the world's first Ferrari-branded theme park, offering a unique entertainment experience inspired from the legendary Ferrari story, its founder - Enzo Ferrari and its home country- Italy. The theme park offers an unmatched mix of attractions suitable for all ages; from thrilling rides and experiences such as the world’s fastest roller coaster, racing simulators and the Ferrari Driving Experience, to family rides such as the 4D adventure Speed of Magic.

    Getting here:

    • To and fro bus service is available throughout the day from Sharjah , Dubai & Abu Dhabi.
    • Shuttle bus service is available from Yas Island Resort
    • A pickup and drop taxi facility is available at the main entrance of Ferrari World.

Traveller Tales from Abu Dhabi

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Aagneya Pilla

04 November 2017

Beyond my expectation this trip came out to be. Successfully concluded Dubai trip will be in my heart forever. Abu Dhabi is a good place but unlike Dubai in terms of attractions. But Ferrari World was a thriller. Nice package at a good price. My family had a great time there.

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Manjusha Mehra

04 November 2017

I got a surprise gift from my mother in the form of this brilliant Dubai tour package. It came out to be the best ever trips in my life. Abu Dhabi visit and Ferrari World were an add on actually. But they played their part well in making me so happy.

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Bilva Khanna

04 November 2017

A grand tour of Dubai fulfilling my dreams was something unexpected but I am happy it turned out to be the best experience ever. Abu Dhabi city tour was tremendous. I was happy to explore Ferrari World as well. It is a must visit place.

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Brahma Ahluwalia

04 November 2017

Super excited about the tour I and my friends had in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Both are precious cities with a lot of things to see. Ferrari World is a wonderful place to have fun. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

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Menka Butt

04 November 2017

Abu Dhabi city half day tour was brilliant. We visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, President’s Palace, the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Heritage Village and the Museum. Such a nice place for sightseeing.

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Rahul Kocchar

04 November 2017

Great package. Well-behaved guide. Cozy vehicle. Nice climate. Mind blowing attractions throughout. Abu Dhabi is beautiful. Convincing price for family and groups. Thanks to Thrillophilia for the offers too.

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Madhuri Prajapat

04 November 2017

Very professional and customer friendly staff. Experienced guides and support staff. Great moments in the city of Abu Dhabi as well as the Ferrari World Amusement Park. It is worth the money you spend.

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Giriraaj Marar

04 November 2017

Perfect tour. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are great tourist places for family and groups of friends. Never had such amazing sightseeing experience. Some of the rides at Ferrari World were really amazing.

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Acaryatanaya Johar

04 November 2017

I liked the city of Abu Dhabi very much. Ferrari World is good for those who like cars, amusement parks and rides. My friends liked it. Amazing package but. For a group, this is very economical.

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