Traveling to Abu Dhabi in the Arab Emirates for a day can be a challenge for those who want to see and visit it all. The truth is that there is a lot to see in Abu Dhabi, but if you are looking for something more diverse and not just looking at large buildings and walking through mosques, this post is for you. Below, you will find alternatives to visit in Abu Dhabi during your trip to this city, one hour from Dubai, where everything is magnificent and enormous.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO ABU DHABI:
Abu Dhabi is the second most populous city and the capital of the United Arab Emirates. For years it has been the political and economic center of the country, with a development from the end of the 20th century until today incredibly accelerated, its GDP (an economic indicator of wealth) is one of the highest in the world. Thanks to this tourism have increased sharply, people who come to know the huge skyscrapers and modern galleries that flood a territory since 1970 in which the urban development of the city was planned, leaving only one fort called Qasr Al Hosn as a vestige of the past of the city.
However, this huge development and great economy also come hand in hand with very high prices. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world, which will surely hit your traveler's pocket quite a bit. It is important to prepare to pay very high prices for practically everything. Here are some tips to save when traveling around the world.
Regarding the weather, the best days for holidays to Abu Dhabi are from October to May. The other months the temperatures can easily exceed 40º, making it quite unpleasant to walk and get to know the city. January and February may be cooler, but nothing that a small jacket does not fix. Remember that you are literally in the desert, so the clear blue skies are daily bread.
WHAT TO SEE IN ABU DHABI IN A DAY.
Being a completely new and reformed city, do not expect to know much about the history of the city or visit ancient forts or ruins. The most advisable thing here is to decide about 3 activities or zones to perform and/or visit during your day.
You will have to take more than one taxi, so we recommend you to plan using a map before leaving your accommodation, cruise, and hotel. In our case, we start the day at 09:00 in the port (we arrive in the city of a cruise) and finish it at 9:00 p.m. in the same place. Public transport works but if you have little time you can delay in understanding how to take the buses and select the correct ones, so the taxi is much more advisable. You can also rent a car and drive yourself around the city.
WAYS TO SEE THE EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL IN ABU DHABI:
1. Make a reservation at one of the restaurants: In this way, the guard will have no problem in letting you enter showing the voucher with the time and the number of attendees. Also, a meal at the Emirates Palace Hotel is something very entertaining to do in Abu Dhabi.
2. Take a guided tour of the hotel: Some agencies are offering tours previously scheduled by the hotel, its gardens, and areas that are not generally open to any tourist. If you want to see the opulence of the UAE, this is the best way.
3. Try your luck on weekdays, where tourists may enter. There is no information about schedules or official visiting days; it depends on too many factors whether or not you are allowed to go for a tour (even if some important Sheikh or king is staying there). Weekends are closed to those who are not staying in it ... but you can always get to the main entrance, a large arch of Arab architecture worth seeing.
4. Book a transfer to the hotel restaurants and ensure your entry: You can pay for transfers from your hotel to the place and they will make the reservation for you.
5. Book a tour of the city that includes lunch, coffee or dinner at the hotel.