Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates is less than two hours from Dubai and has so much to offer. I took a day tour from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and it was well worth it! I had found a deal on groupon that took us to all the top spots in Abu Dhabi. Viator also has great day tours as well. I had a great time and very excited to share with you my day trip to Abu Dhabi!
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Our tour guide picked us up early in the morning from our hotel in Dubai, first stop was Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Before your visit, remember to dress appropriately. Women must cover their head, clothing covering the ankles and wrists. Men are not allowed to wear tank tops and shorts. Our tour guide also had “abaya” for anyone who was not dressed appropriately.
The tour allowed us a little over an hour to explore the Grand Mosque. The building is beautifully crafted in great detail. Don’t forget to look up when inside, the 24 carat gold chandeliers are stunning!!
We then stopped at Heritage Village for lunch and to explore. The Heritage Village is a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village that provides an interesting glimpse into the emirate’s past.
The Emirates Palace & Etihad Towers
Our third stop was in front of The Emirates Palace and Etihad Towers. If you’ve seen Sex In The City 2, you will recognize Emirates Palace. This hotel is a luxurious 5 star hotel built as a landmark to showcase Arabian culture. If you’re lucky your guide will take you through the gates!
Our last stop was at Ferrari World. It is an amusement park located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It is the first and only Ferrari-branded theme park and has the record for the largest space frame structure ever built. We did not go inside the amusement park, we spend about 20 minutes outside the shopping area and for photos.
Overall my tour was great! I wish I had the tour company name but I’m sure many others are just as good!
Have you visited Abu Dhabi? Let me know what your favorite thing to do below!