Life in the UAE – 5 Things To Do in Abu Dhabi – Dubai
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
ABU DHABI The UAE capital has a lot to offer to a willing explorer. Whether you are an art lover or fitness enthusiast, there is plenty to do here. Here’s an XPRESS selection of 10 things you can do in Abu Dhabi without spending a single dirham:
1 ) Visit Grand mosque
1 If you are looking for a soul-stirring experience, a visit to the Grand Mosque is not a thing to be missed. Grand Mosque is the resting place of the UAE’s founding President Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the third biggest mosque in the world. The Dh2.5 billion structure built in white marble has 82 domes and a central courtyard featuring 1,048 columns. The mosque is open to visitors daily.
2) A peek into the past at Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
2 Take a peep into the country’s glorious past at this perfect heritage site. Run by Emirates Heritage Club and located at the Breakwaters at the end of the corniche, the Heritage Village has everything from crafts, spice shops, camels, Bedouin tents, photography exhibitions, museums and stalls that recreate life in the desert.
3) Admire Emirates Palace
3 It is definitely the most jaw-dropping sight in the capital city. The seven star Emirates Palace hotel, spread across 100 hectares of lush lawns and gardens on the corniche, is an architectural marvel you can admire for free. The golden-sandy coloured hotel features 114 domes, 1,002 crystal chandeliers and its interiors are decorated with gold leaves, marble and pearl.
4) A stroll on the corniche
4 There is nothing more relaxing than sauntering on the Abu Dhabi corniche in the evening. Soak in the amazing views of the azure Arabian Gulf and admire the sky-kissing towers crowding the skyline. It is a sprawling green space in the heart of the city with paved walkways lined with benches. The two kilometre public beach is free for all and has toilets, changing facilities, showers and retail outlets.
5) Al Bateen Shipyard
5 Why not learn a thing or two about building traditional Arab boats when you have a free day? Al Bateen shipyard is just a few minutes away from the corniche, and a heritage gem of Abu Dhabi. You can watch craftsmen using traditional hand tools to carve wooden dhows out of thick teak planks, and even take home a miniature dhow from their souvenir shop.