How to Spend Two Days in Abu Dhabi
You might wonder that since Abu Dhabi is not as well-known as Dubai, perhaps it lacks appeal. Not true at all. The capital city of the United Arab Emirates, offers immensely unique experiences to visitors, things that you won’t get elsewhere in the UAE. People have come to recognize this fact and Abu Dhabi is quickly becoming one of the UAE’s most visited cities. If you’ve got two days to spend in this fantastic city, allow us to help you draw up a great itinerary. There’s a lot to see and do in Abu Dhabi – we want to make sure you get the best out of the city during your visit.
Day 1: Morning – Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour
This tour is the perfect to get acquainted with Abu Dhabi, before exploring specific places. You can begin your tour at any time from 9 am to 5 pm. You can explore the grand city at your own pace, hopping off to explore attractions on foot and getting back on the next bus in the line. Tour buses stop at all bus stops once every 30 minutes. Be sure to include a big bus tour into the morning schedule of your 2 days in Abu Dhabi itinerary.
Day 1: Afternoon – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Named after the Abu Dhabi’s erstwhile President, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is definitely a must-visit. It is the largest mosque in all of the UAE. It’s been constructed out of the finest Macedonian marble, which has been carved with beautiful designs and embedded with gold and precious gems. Inside, you’ll find the world’s largest carpet, and the world’s largest chandelier as well. The mosque can seat up to 40,000 people for prayer at a single time. Don’t miss the sight of the rays of the setting sun turning the mosque into something out of a fairy tale.
Day 1: Evening – Abu Dhabi Corniche
An 8 kilometre long boardwalk stretches beside the Abu Dhabi coastline along the Abu Dhabi Corniche Road. You can walk or bike down this stretch, enjoying the sights of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape on one side and the ocean on the other. The Corniche opens up to many pristine beaches, parks, kids’ play areas, picnic areas and gardens. It’s the perfect place in Abu Dhabi to observe locals and their luxurious lifestyles. Take some time to admire the beautiful Emirates Palace, the Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and other fabulous pieces of architecture.
Day 1: Evening – Emirates Hotel
If you have the time, do visit the Emirates Palace Hotel, which is a defining architectural landmark in Abu Dhabi. It’s an opulent, awe-inspiring structure ornately decorated using gold, mother of pearl and crystals. You can make a reservation at one of the restaurants within and use the opportunity to take a tour of the incredible hotel.
Day 2: Early Morning – WTC Souq
If you want to understand how the Emiratis used to shop before malls came up, visit the WTC Souq. At this open-structured, old-style market, you can bargain for jewellery, spices, herbs, hand-woven carpets, pashmina shawls and much more. WTC Souq will take you back in time to when things were simpler and less complicated.
Day 2: Noon – Yas Island
Day 2 is all about adventure and adrenalin, so gear up! Yas Island is home to Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World. Yas Waterworld is the biggest waterpark in the UAE. Enjoy an afternoon of fun-filled adventure, splashing in sheer joy in the cool water under the boiling sun. Yas Waterworld offers 45 rides, slides and attractions that the whole family can enjoy.
Ferrari World is the biggest Ferrari-themed adventure park in the world. Spend an afternoon enjoying various adventures and rides with your family.
Ferrari World offers a host of 4D experiences, roller coasters, stimulation rides and exhibitions. Don’t miss a ride on the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, which accelerates from 0-240 km/h within 6 seconds. The Flying Aces is another ride which has the world’s tallest and steepest loop. You’re bound to experience total weightlessness on the Flying Aces. Young kids can enjoy driving their own vehicles on the small car tracks. There’s also an exciting Go-Kart park that’s perfect for teenagers. Ferrari World also has exciting Ferrari-themed exhibitions that will appeal to Formula One fans. If you’re interested, you can drive a race car around the Formula One racetrack with or without a guide.
Day 2: Evening – Abu Dhabi Louvre
End your second day in Abu Dhabi with a trip to the Abu Dhabi Louvre. The building is incredible, both inside and out. A great deal of architectural thought has gone into the design of this art museum, that the building itself is considered an artwork on display.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is definitely not a copy of the French Louvre. It is uniquely distinctive, and reflects the modern era while being true to Islamic traditions. The collection of artworks within the museum is the result of loans from French institutions and other museums around the world. The artworks will be on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi for 10 years, before being switched. The Louvre Abu Dhabi also displays artworks by local artists and great examples of Islamic art over time.
Day 2: Night – Nocturnal Desert Safari
End your two days in Abu Dhabi with a nocturnal desert safari. It’s the best way to see more of this splendid city’s natural elements. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot the Arabian Tahr, the Arabian red desert fox, various reptiles, Arabian leopard, Arabian wolf, Arabian oryx, gazelle and others. Observe the desert fauna and get your guide to show you rare desert plans.
You can camp overnight in the desert and enjoy the experience enjoyed by scores of nomads over the centuries in the desert. Feel like a nomad by putting on Bedouin robes and smoking a shisha pipe in the welcome tent. A desert safari is the best way to truly appreciate Abu Dhabi’s traditional aspects. Till a few decades ago, the city was mostly desert. Getting to know the desert through a desert safari Abu Dhabi will help you understand the UAE’s culture better.
Abu Dhabi is an exciting city, with a number of attraction fun options for the whole family to enjoy. Culture vultures can visit the Qasr al-Hosn, a nineteenth-century fort that was built close to a port, to watch out for the English colonists. There’s also the Heritage Village, which takes you back to the way things were. You can shop for handmade souvenirs at the Heritage Village to take back home. Use our itinerary to experience Abu Dhabi the way it should be, and you’ll want to come back, time and again.
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