The United Arab Emirates is a country like no other on earth filled with the best of the best hotels, restaurants and activities. It’s a place where dreams become reality and reality exceeds your wildest dreams. Read my first blog to get an insight into this unique country.
The UAE consists of 7 different Emirates all ruled by Sheiks with the largest emirate being Abu Dhabi ruled by Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed, whose name you may recognise all over the Emirates from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, to the many roads and universities bearing his name.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and is home to 1.1 million residents, many of which are from all over the world. The city is host to an array of fun places to visit from Yas Island which houses the Ferrari World and theme park as well as Yas Waterworld to the Corniche beach and Marina Mall area.
There are a multitude of shopping areas to visit from the upmarket Galleria Mall which is home to the famous Four Seasons Hotel and Rosewood Hotel and all the world’s most luxury brands to the Abu Dhabi Mall, the Yas Mall and the Marina Mall. For those, who like to immerse themselves in local culture there are the old souks which sell a broad range of products from plants to carpets. You can take a Dhow boat, a traditional wooden barge from the Souks to the Heritage Village by the Marina Mall where you can visit a traditional Emirati village filled with different craft shops.
Probably the most iconic area of the city is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, named after the first ruler of the UAE and the father of the nation, he is credited with turning the Emirates from tribal fishing villages to what they are today- world-reknowned luxury destinations with Dubai and Abu Dhabi being cities with endless opportunities.
The Mosque is available to visit for free and women are requested to wear head scarves while men must wear trousers and shirts. The beautiful Mosque is a real vision in the desert and the incredible marble pillars adorned with golf leafs and the impressive minarets and domes make this a truly special place.
I would recommend just a few days in Abu Dhabi as that is all that is needed to see the main sites.