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.
Here’s the list of places to visit in Abu Dhabi
Visit Emirates Palace Hotel:
It is 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.
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. Inside of the hotel there are also the famous machines that sell bars and medals in 24 carat gold, called the Gold to Go ATM.
Visit the Grand Mosque Sheikh Zayed:
This is the eighth largest mosque 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. Men need to wear long pants and a short-sleeved T-shirt.
There is no charge to visit the mosque. They provide burqas at the mosque with no cost.
How to get to Abu Dhabi?
By airplane, bus or car.
Currency: UAE Dirham
Official language: Arabic