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A day trip to Abu Dhabi: Visiting the Grand Mosque and Emirates Palace Hotel

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates.  It is 150 km away from Dubai.  The journey takes approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes by car.

Abu Dhabi follows a lifestyle of a typical Middle Eastern city, where customs are more preserved compared to Dubai.

What to do in Abu Dhabi? 

Visit Emirates Palace, one of Abu Dhabi’s most luxurious hotels, with gold interior details and Swarovski crystal chandeliers.   There is no need to stay at the hotel or have restaurant reservations at the complex to visit it.

Emirates Palace

Try the famous Palace cappuccino, which is sprinkled with real 24 karat gold flakes.  It cost $15.00, served with a mini croissant at Le Café.  In the Hotel there are also the famous machines that sell bars and medals in 24 carat gold, the Gold to Go ATM.

Palace Cappuccino


Etihad Towers

Visit  the Grand Mosque.  This mosque has Islamic architecture, and is  the eighth largest in the world, as it can accommodate 40,000 faithful.  Next to the mosque is buried the first president of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.  Its 82 domes, of various sizes, are lined in white marble, decorated with gold and glass mosaics.  The largest is located in the center of the main prayer hall.   The mosque’s interior is also covered by the world’s largest handmade rug, which took 8 months to be finish.





Inside there are crystal chandeliers, including the largest in the world.  In the main hall are also two smaller versions all the chandeliers, which are made with gold and Swarovski crystals.



To visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, it is necessary for women to cover hair with handkerchiefs, long skirts, no transparency, and long-sleeved blouses with no cleavage.  Clothes cannot be very tight, but avoid gym pants. They provide burqas at the mosque with no cost.  Men need to wear long pants and a short-sleeved T-shirt. There is no charge to visit the mosque.

Check out Ferrari World.  It is the world’s largest, first and only Ferrari-branded theme park, where you can find the fastest roller coast in the world.

Ferrari World (source)

If you have time, visit the Desert!

How to get to Abu Dhabi?

By airplane,  bus or car.

Currency: UAE Dirham

Official Language: Arabic




Middle East


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