5 Must Visit Places in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, personifies the country. It has kept it's traditions and you can see it in the Grand Mosque and the Heritage Village. But at the same time, you will see the integration of modernity in it's very own Ferrari theme park. The country's wealth is also apparent with the very lavish hotel and museum, Kempinski Emirates Palace. And don't forget the capital's love for art with a dedicated art museum, the Manarat al Saadiyat.

Abu Dhabi may not be as hip and chic as Dubai, but it will surely leave you in awe and wanting for more.

1. Manarat al Saadiyat

Manarat Al Saadiyat, Foursquare.com

The museum showcases a mixture of modernity and tradition. You will see how the Arab works reflect what they have now - wealth and the influx of all things modern, but at the same time, they're trying to stay true to their roots.

Check their website for upcoming events and gallery showcases, as it's best to visit when there's an on-going exhibition. And you're in luck because there almost always is one.

http://www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae/en/manarat-al-saadiyat/overview/

Name:
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Address:
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (Saadiyat Island), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Grand Mosque

You cannot see anything more grand than this. The intricate designs and the over-all details in this place is astounding. You will literally gasp for breath as you enter. And will hear, oooohs and aaaaaahs, every now and then. It's also very sacred, so try to keep your conduct in check when visiting this place. Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and a few other celebrities have been known to violate the sanctity of this place and were thrown out of the grounds. Seriously.

Name:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque مسجد الشيخ زايد
Address:
Airport Rd. (شارع المطار), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Heritage Village

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, Foursquare.com

This is a small area that can show you how life was before the concrete was slabbed on top of the desert grounds. Life was very simple for the Arabs. You cannot even fathom how they went from simple to luxurious in a couple of years. Well, I guess that's what having a great oil supply does to your country.

Name:
Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
Address:
United Arab Emirates
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Kempinski Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace Hotel فندق قصر الإمارات, Foursquare.com

It's not a palace, but its so aptly named for its grandeur. Its a hotel operated by the Kempinski brand, and if you're in Abu Dhabi, you can go inside and have a look. You don't have to be a guest at the hotel. You can roam around freely, as the hotel grounds have museum-like display cases for you to look at. And of course to see what kind of luxury people who can afford to stay here have. It's always interesting.

Name:
Emirates Palace Hotel فندق قصر الإمارات
Address:
Corniche Rd. West (Corniche Street), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 2 690 9000
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Ferrari World

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Foursquare.com

Ferrari is a luxury car brand and there's no wonder why they have a theme park in Abu Dhabi. Arabs love their cars and they love it more when it's fast. So enjoy a trip to this park if you're a Ferrari lover as they have all things Ferrari, and of course, hop onto the Formula Rossa. The fastest roller coaster in the world.

Name:
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Address:
Yas Leisure Dr., Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TEL:
+971 2 496 8001
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Abu Dhabi is a tamer city than Dubai. If Dubai is fast-paced and has traffic and a wee bit chaotic, Abu Dhabi is it's more silent counterpart. And for some reason, everything is cheaper in the capital, including the taxi fees.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?