Updated: Nov 17, 2019 13:09 IST
Between its pure islands and luxurious resorts, shifting sand dunes and funky oasis, the emirate holds one thing for each traveller. So, should you see your self jetting off to the Arabian peninsula, the next is an inventory of actions and sights to immerse your self in when in Abu Dhabi:
Louvre Abu Dhabi
One of probably the most anticipated museums of the 21st century; Louvre Abu Dhabi is the primary museum of its sort within the Arab world. Opened on Saadiyat Island in late 2017, it was designed by famed French architect Jean Nouvel and laid out as a ‘museum metropolis’ beneath an enormous, silvery dome some 180metres in diameter.
The dome is comprised of almost 8,000 geometric metallic stars that overlap to create an ever-moving ‘rain of sunshine’ illuminating the areas under.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an architectural murals and an immediately recognisable icon of Abu Dhabi. With a capability for a exceptional 40,000 worshippers, the mosque is an edifice of each an epic scale and pleasant element evident in semi-precious stone inlays set in dazzling-white marble, and patterns on the earth’s largest hand-knotted carpet.
The Mosque welcomes guests each day with a strict costume code relevant to all: Long, loose-fitting, ankle-length clothes. Women are required to put on a headband. Traditional abayas and kanduras are supplied for ladies and men respectively if required.
The Mosque is closed for tourism actions on Friday mornings (however open for worship), reopening after 4:30 pm for guests. The Mosque closes at 10 pm each day, with the most recent entry permitted till 9.30 pm.
Family enjoyable on Yas Island
Yas Island is a world-class leisure vacation spot 30 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and simply 10 minutes from the Airport.
Hit Warner Bros. World– an indoor theme park that is house to 29 state-of-the-art thrill rides, family-friendly sights and leisure in six immersive lands.
Nearby you may additionally discover Ferrari World Abu Dhabi with its legendary Formula Rossa – the world’s quickest roller-coaster;
Yas Waterworld–home to 43 rides, slides and sights; Yas Mall–the UAE’s second-largest procuring centre; Yas Marina Circuit–host to the annual F1Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; Yas Beach and Yas Links Abu Dhabi.
Indulge your 24 karat palate
Emirates Palace is likely one of the most luxurious resorts ever constructed. It exudes extravagance at each stage, from its design – the primary resort constructing stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing; to the 24 karat gold flakes sprinkled on all the things from cappuccinos to the resort’s signature 24 karat gold ‘Emirates Palace Camel Burger’.
That’s a camel mince patty infused with native spices and a touch of truffle mayonnaise on a gold-dusted bun. Make a reservation on the resort’s Le Cafe for a very responsible culinary pleasure.
Abu Dhabi falcon hospital
The exceptional Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is an open door into the noble custom of falconry. Guided excursions of this award-winning specialist hospital take guests by means of ready rooms and wards the place the birds bear normal check-ups, are X-rayed, or just choose up some new flight feathers.
Visitors can maintain a falcon and go to the hospital’s free-flight facility to see them rip by means of the air. This is a jaw-dropping expertise you’ll always remember.
Venture out into the desert
Abu Dhabi’s desert areas are mesmerising. Vast expanses of golden, sandy crescents that curl and roll perpetually. Scramble up the dune and watch the floury sand roll away like liquid. There’s a tranquillity within the vastness right here that is laborious to describe, particularly with just a few welcome creature-comforts beneath the starry skies of the Milky Way.
There are quite a few methods to enterprise out into this otherworldly wilderness. Join a day desert journey and journey the dunes with an professional driver within the consolation of a 4-wheel drive earlier than settling in for a hearty barbecue dinner and cultural performances beneath the celebrities.
Try an in a single day desert safari or head into the Rub Al Khali area and check-in to a luxurious desert resort for a real bucket-list expertise.
Abu Dhabi is blessed with 700 kilometres of shoreline and 200 pure islands within the glowing waters of the Arabian Gulf. For millennia, these waters have carried commerce and been a supply of important sustenance. And lengthy earlier than the invention of oil, Abu Dhabi’s shallow pearl beds had been a neighborhood supply of wealth and status.
These days, Abu Dhabi’s waterways are predominantly a supply of recreation for locals and guests alike with tourism operators providing quite a few methods to set sail.
Join a dinner cruise aboard conventional dhow and absorb charming views of the town’s illuminated evening skyline; take a white-knuckle pace boat journey pasta host of sights; discover Abu Dhabi’s life-giving mangroves in a kayak; and even be a part of a conventional pearling dhow for a 90-minute journey by means of the calm waters of the Hudayriat islands, and study the tales of the Arabian Gulf’s historic pearling trade.
To Al Ain
Just 90-minutes drive from Abu Dhabi metropolis, on the base of Jebel Hafeet – the emirate’s highest peak – sits the charming backyard metropolis of Al Ain (that means ‘The Spring’). Known for its palm groves and pure springs, Al Ain is house to historic forts and museums, a famend camel market, Al Ain Zoo, Wadi Adventure – the area’s solely man-made white water rafting, kayaking and surf facility, and extra.
Once an important inexperienced oasis on the caravan commerce route from the UAE to Oman, Al Ain is Abu Dhabi’s heritage heartland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take a taxi or drive up the spectacular Jebel Hafeet for gorgeous views of Al Ain and past from greater than 1,200 metres altitude. Then take pleasure in one of many world’s nice drives journey again down the mountain’s 21 dramatic hairpin turns and sweeping bends.
Excite your tastebuds
A rustic’s delicacies is a mirrored image of its place on the earth, the influences that formed it by means of historical past, its local weather and tradition. Emirati meals is not any completely different, and you will find it infused with spices and elements from India, Asia and the Middle East.
Whether you are a five-star-fine-diner or a local-hole in-the-wall aficionado, you may discover a numerous and scrumptious meals scene in Abu Dhabi brimming with the aromas of cinnamon, saffron and turmeric, together with nuts, limes and dried fruit in lots of native dishes.
Fish and meat are mainstays of a lot Emirati cooking, and basic native specialities embody Madrooba: A mixture of salted fish, spices and thick sauce on rice, usually served with saffron, nuts and spices.
Harees: A dish of meat and wheat slow-cooked in a clay oven or pot and served with ghee. Majboos: Meat boiled in water to which a particular mix of spices and dried limes are added. Look for them on menus at native diners and resort eating places alike, and revel in an actual style of Abu Dhabi. (ANI)