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How to Make the Most Out of a Trip to Abu Dhabi

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How to Make the Most Out of a Trip to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has become famous for its high-end luxury, from cutting edge architectural designs to shopping experiences fit for a royal. The capital of the United Arab Emirates offers much more than that, however. The city has its roots in Islamic traditions, and is full of history, culture, and nature to explore. No matter how short or long your stay is, here’s how you can make the most out of a trip to Abu Dhabi.

Book an Accommodation That Suits Your Budget

Whether you’re looking for a budget hotel or a 5-star suite, Abu Dhabi has something for everyone’s budget. Prices vary depending on the time of the year – with summer being the most expensive period – and the type of accommodation: while beach hotels and city resorts usually cost more than standard hotels and holiday apartments, special discounts can be found from time to time. You should also take into account the taxes imposed by the government; for example, a 20% hotel fee is added on top of your booking rate. It is recommended that you compare rates before booking a hotel, so you can get the best deal possible.

Take a Tour

Abu Dhabi’s landmarks and attractions are spread out across the city and the best way to see them all is by taking an organized tour. The most common options are city tours, sightseeing tours, shopping tours, desert safaris, and day trips to nearby destinations such as Al Ain and Dubai. Depending on the tour you choose, you can explore the city’s history, culture, and nature – with additional activities such as sandboarding, quad biking, camel rides, or dune bashing – all in one day.

Try Local Food

No visit to Abu Dhabi would be complete without trying some local food; after all, going to a new place presents the opportunity to try something new. Thankfully, there is an array of culinary experiences available in Abu Dhabi, from fine dining restaurants and street food stalls to trendy cafes and traditional Emirati eateries. The city also has plenty of international restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, so there’s something for everyone.

Visit Some City Hotspots

Abu Dhabi lives up to its reputation as one of the most modern cities in the world; from its gleaming skyscrapers to its jagged mountain views. Major attractions include Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Island – home of the world-famous Ferrari World theme park and Yas Waterworld – and the Corniche – a seven-kilometer stretch of waterfront promenade with family parks and a marina mall. Louvre Abu Dhabi, recently opened four years ago, is another must-visit, as it houses thousands of priceless works of art.

Go Shopping

Abu Dhabi is home to some of the world’s finest shopping malls and souks. From luxury stores to budget-friendly shops – like The Mall at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi or Abu Dhabi Mall – you will find many items that suit your taste and budget. For traditional items like carpets and handicrafts, visit Heritage Village Souk or Abu Dhabi Gold Souk. For more modern pieces, try Nation Galleria or the iconic Etihad Towers Mall. Lastly, be sure to check out Qasr al Hosn Market before you leave – where you can find everything from souvenirs to accesssories at reasonable prices.

Relax at a Beach or Go Desert Camping

When it comes to beaches in Abu Dhabi, there are many options. From Umm Al Quwain’s Al Bahar beach resort with its white sands and crystal clear waters; to Abu Dhabi’s biggest public beach at Corniche; to Al Sahil beach in the luxurious Sir Bani Yas Island resort – there is something for everyone. There are also many camping options in Abu Dhabi’s deserts if you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life – with experiences ranging from sunset desert safaris and sleeping under nothing but stars to luxury glamping in Arabian tents with all the amenities you need.

Take Home Souvenirs

No trip to Abu Dhabi is complete without taking some souvenirs home with you – gifts for your loved ones or something special for yourself! Here are some items that are popular souvenirs – incense burners and stickers, ornamental copper cups and dishes, pashminas and kaftans, textiles and apparel, Arabic calligraphy art pieces, jewelry like gold pieces or natural pearls, date palm products such as date palms syrup or date paste – and traditional Emirati sweets such as Halwa badea.


With so much to do in Abu Dhabi – from touring its modern landmarks to feeling its desert air – it’s no wonder why it has become one of the most visited cities in the world. By booking an accommodation that suits your budget and trying the local cuisine, taking a tour around town or enjoying watersports with friends on sandy beaches, spending a day outdoors camping in the desert or indulging yourself with luxury activities on Yas Island, buying souvenirs for your loved ones or just moments of relaxation looking over Corniche beach – there is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi. Keep these tips in mind before booking your next flight!

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How to Make the Most Out of a Trip to Abu Dhabi

Experience Adventure Like Never Before: Book Your Tour Today!