The bustling capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has a long and proud history of attracting tourists owing to its glitz and indulgent glamour. The city's stunning natural beauty with its turquoise sea water and tall green palms is perfectly coupled with sheer extravaganza making it the perfect destination for holiday seekers from across the globe. But luxury is not the only aspect making this city worth a visit. With its vast deserts and picture-perfect beaches, Abu Dhabi surely knows how to add that perfect ingredient of thrilling adventure to an otherwise sightseeing vacation.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque:
To begin your sightseeing, head off to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to unravel the extravagance of the architectures that the city boasts. Skilfully erected from Macedonian marble that was then intricately carved with exquisite gold and glass-work, the mosque is a perfect depiction of the beauty of Islamic architecture. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque became the emblem of an inspiration that was taken from various Islamic architectural designs.
The Emirates Palace:
Another one of such inspiring modern architectures that Abu Dhabi is famous for is the Emirates Palace. This landmark of the city showcases a luxurious hotel that is built on private white sandy beach with panoramic gardens surrounding its all sides.
In stark contrast to Abu Dhabi’s modern architecture and infrastructure is the simplicity of the Al-Hosn Palace built in the year 1793 as the residence of the then ruling family till the mid-1990s. Also known as the Old Fort or the White Fort, the palace is a must-visit for anyone seeking to explore the early architectural wonders of this now modern city.
When it comes to action-packed activities, the city of Abu Dhabi is not short of options. The Yas Marina circuit is a heaven for lovers of motorsports. Featuring year-round tracks for kart-racing, speed-racing, drag racing nights and a whole lot more, this attraction is sure to guarantee the time of your life.
A massive theme park dedicated to Ferrari motor racing and a sure treat for all adventure lovers. The park is family friendly and there are fun rides for everyone.
Emirates Heritage Village:
For those looking to learn more about the early life of the city, a visit to the Heritage Village is a good idea. Exhibits showcase the life in the Emirates before the discovery of oil in a place that once stood as a traditional village near the oasis.
Abu Dhabi Desert Safari:
Take a trip to the outlaying desert of the city to indulge in the ultimate sport of sand boarding and dune-bashing amidst some of the tallest sand dunes.
Taxi and Auto Rentals:
The Abu Dhabi International Airport offers a number of transportation options to the arriving passengers. The airport operates a 24 hour luxury taxi service for convenient transportation to the city. These taxis have working meters and proper air-conditioning and offer quick transfers from all the terminals of the airport. Popular car rental companies have their booking counters inside the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The vehicles offered range from budget-friendly cars to GMCs/SUVs. These are located in Skypark plaza opposite Terminal 3 of the airport. Getting around the city of Abu Dhabi is fairly easy given an extensive and modern road network in and around the city. Taxis are the common means of getting around. These are plentiful and can be hailed easily on the road or from the many taxi stands around the city. Dedicated taxi stands are also found at all the leading malls of Abu Dhabi. Fares are relatively cheap and can also be booked on TransAD hotline. To avail this service, customers are required to be in possession of a valid International Driver's License.
Air-conditioned buses also link the airport to Abu Dhabi city centre. These buses operate from the lower curb side outside Terminal 1 and 3 and outside Terminal 2. The buses make a stop at all the known bus stops of Abu Dhabi city. Round the clock operational hours with buses arriving after every 40 minutes, this is a very economical means of reaching the city. An inter-terminal shuttle service is also being operated between the terminals. When commuting by bus, take a ride from the Hazaa Bin Zayed Road. From here buses offer transport services within and beyond the city of Abu Dhabi.