Abu Dhabi travel guide

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) however the town regularly gets overshadowed by it is much bigger and glitzier neighbour Dubai only 1 hour later on.

Abu Dhabi, however, is a fantastic spot to spend a couple of days as it may frequently be much less expensive than Dubai, and you will find an increasing number of tourist attractions starting all of the time!


It’s also an extremely safe town, and whilst Arabic is the official language, English is spoken broadly since there’s a really large expat community. I spent nearly 4 years residing in Abu Dhabi therefore allow me to share with you my favorite tourist attractions, restaurants, and resorts in Abu Dhabi!

Things to see and do

  • Visit the largest mosque in the UAE


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the UAE’s most exquisite mosque, and it is here you may stroll barefoot around the planet’s longest hand-knotted rug, under one of the greatest crystal chandeliers on Earth. This elaborate religious website will hold up to 40,000 worshippers and has been motivated by Persian, Mughal and Moorish architecture, taking its title from the nation’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The mosque has been Sheikh Zayed’s thought and he rests inside it.

Pro suggestion: Recall to dress as it is an Islamic place of worship; abayas (loose cloaks) can be found at no cost in the mosque.

  • Spend a few hours at the Louvre


As you wander round the dome-shaped Louvre Abu Dhabi tradition which sits peacefully inside the Saadiyat Island cultural precinct, you will realize the judgment Al Nahyan family had the belief that this billion-dollar institution would assist the funds transition into a worldwide famed cultural hub.

French architect Jean Nouvel designed this, the initial overseas outpost of this iconic Paris museum, and art fans will love the massive gallery area which has works which range from ancient artefacts to modern art. Given that the authorities spent 589 million on artwork loans and unique exhibitions from prominent French museums such as Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou, you may rest assured there will be lots to appreciate as you roam the waterfront construction in your leisure.

Pro suggestion: Sunset is the best time to enjoy this glorious structure. If you’d like a exceptional perspective of this museum, then hire a kayak and paddle around it.


  • Mangrove Kayaking Tours

To find another facet of Abu Dhabi’s glass and steel exterior, head into the mangrove woods that still ring the islands across the shore surrounding town. There’s a bundle of kayaking tours available for all levels of experience and age, ranging from 1.5 hours to 3 hours of paddling. The Eco Tour allows you to comprehend the important ecology of mangroves, as well as explore these gorgeous last remnants of the town’s forests.

Another interesting thing to do for a really special experience, is to register for a night tours and discover the mangroves by gliding through the seas after dark.

  • Corniche

A Stroll along the Corniche (seafront) is a must when in Abu Dhabi. It stretches for 8km along the shore but the very popular part is about the Corniche Beach/Family Beach area, only a few moments walk away from Emirates Palace.

The pedestrianized promenade along The Corniche is very elegant and relaxing and there are numerous restaurants and restaurants you can stop in along the way which provide beautiful views of the beachfront.

  • Sightseeing Boat Trip

Abu Dhabi is made up of over 200 islands so the best way to see the city is from the water! Jalboot does a really great boat sightseeing tour of Abu Dhabi. It covers the best sites of Abu Dhabi, from the striking skyline of downtown Abu Dhabi to Emirates Palace, going past the Grand Mosque and even heading down to Yas Marina.


Travel Cost

How much money will you need for your trip to Abu Dhabi? You should plan to spend around AED736 ($200) per day on your vacation in Abu Dhabi, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. 

Past travelers have spent, on average, AED58 ($16) on meals for one day and AED116 ($32) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Abu Dhabi for a couple is AED1,235 ($336). So, a trip to Abu Dhabi for two people for one week costs on average AED10,310 ($2,807). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

Money Saving Tips

  • Buy things on Dubizzle

If you want to get rid of some old stuff and make some money this is the way to do it. You can also browse useful things like second-hand furniture, or even buy a car or find a room to rent. It lets you chat and negotiate directly with a vendor, save customised searches (handy when looking for property) or share your sale items directly on Facebook.

  • Cycle or scoot around
    If you don’t want to fork out for a taxi, Abu Dhabi is set up perfectly for cycling. You’ll find Cyacle docking stations with bikes available to rent throughout the city. Whether you’re exploring Yas Island, the Corniche or anywhere in between, the bikes can be rented for an hour at a time, and you can simply pay by card at the docking stations. The Cyacle app helps you to plan your route, and you’ll end up seeing far more of the city then you would from a back seat of a taxi. Plus it helps you work off some of the brunches. A less energetic but equally fun way to get around is on one of the Circ e-scooters that have popped up along the Corniche, Reem Island and more places in the capital. Download the app, unlock a scooter and pay by the minute.
  • Make the most of business lunches
    Eating at the capital’s best restaurants doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you’re clever about when you visit. Making the most of lunch offers lets you eat out for a fraction of the price. For instance the business lunch at Zuma gets you a soup, two appetisers and main for Dhs147, while the nine-course lunch menu at 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant is Dhs149.
  • Go out on gents’ nights
    Guys can also get discounts on certain nights of the week, although admittedly there are fewer gents’ nights than there are ladies. For instance Victors gives gents 25 percent off food and drinks on Monday nights, and at Ray’s Bar on Saturdays men can get three drinks and a bite to eat at for Dhs95.
  • Plan your trips with Holiday Me
    One of the best things about living in the UAE is that is positions you just a short plane-ride away from India, Lebanon, Jordan, Sri Lanka and many more amazing countries. To help you plan your travels on a budget you can use the app Holiday Me, which is designed specifically for people going on holidays from the Middle East. It lets you check rates at hundreds of thousands of hotels around the world, and the package-building feature is super useful.
  • Read Time Out Abu Dhabi
    We might be a bit biased, but if you want to find out about happy hours, cheap brunches, ladies’ nights, special events, two-for-one deals and any other type of offer you can imagine, reading Time Out Abu Dhabi will give you up-to-date info on everything that’s going on in the capital. So make sure you follow all our social media accounts, check in on our website and pick up the magazine every week.
  • Shop at Mina fish market
    Got a thing for seafood? Well at Mina Port Fish Market you can get fresh fish for a fraction of the price you’d pay at some of the fancy restaurants (for instance a whole kilogram of prawns is Dhs30). It’s a bustling place where hundreds of fishermen come every morning, unloading their boats with the catch of the day, ready to sell to wholesalers, restaurants and individuals. All you need to do is choose what you want, pay for it, take it to someone to clean up and then you can either take your bounty home to cook later, or take it to one of the shops in the market, who will cook it however you like.
  • Travel by bus
    Abu Dhabi’s modern air-conditioned buses operate around the clock. While not many Western expats get them, there’s really no reason why as they’re cheap, reliable and can be found at all points of the city. There’s an app, DARB, that helps you plan your journey, including which buses will get you where you need to go and when. You can’t use cash on them buses, however, so you’ll need to pick up a Hafilat card from Al Wahda Central Bus Station before your first ride. You can load the card up with credit a bus shelters, malls, hoslitals and more. Journeys start from Dhs2, but the fare will increase depending on how far you travel. You can even get a comfortable bus from Abu Dhabi bus station or Abu Dhabi International Airport all the way to Dubai for Dhs29.
  • Try out the city’s ladies’ nights
    Girls can get free drinks at numerous bars across the city any night of the week. We know it sounds too good to be true, but honestly it’s a thing. They’re the ideal way to get out and explore the nightlife scene without spending a dirham. You can find a full list of all the ladies’ nights here.
  • Work out with ClassPass
    When you sign up to the fitness app you’ll get a two week free trial and 35 credits to use at studios across the city. Most classes cost between 5 and 11 credits, and the workouts on offer include yoga, pilates, spinning, circuits and even kayaking. It means you check out all the best fitness centres before you settle on which one deserves your hard-earned money and where you should become a member.

How to Get Around

  • TAXI


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