Day trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

 When visiting Dubai, it is a great idea to plan a day trip to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates known as the “Arabian Jewel.” Abu Dhabi is only about 80 miles south of Dubai and can be reached by private rental car, a bus trip or even 15 minute flights to Dubai from Abu Dhabi. Many tour operators will pick you up at your Dubai hotel and spend the day showing you the sights of Abu Dhabi. There are many things to do and see. Here are just a few suggestions.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesMuseums and cultural exhibitions.

• Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a religious temple described as the “Taj Mahal of the Emirates.” Visit at sunset to appreciate the beauty of the sun’s reflection off the temple’s architecture. The temple is close to the city center.

• Heritage Village is a living museum demonstrating the Bedoin lifestyle and cultural traditions.

• Al Ain National Museum emphasizes archeology and has objects dating back to the Iron and Bronze Ages.

• The Petroleum Museum is found along the Corniche and traces the development of the city from the time it was a fishing village until after the discovery of oil. There is a timeline showing how the city changed with the acquisition of wealth.

• Emirates Palace Hotel, an architectural delight, has shops, restaurants and art exhibits. Have afternoon tea then take a walk through the immaculately landscaped gardens with beautiful fountains and palm trees.

Outdoor activities

• Take a walk on The Corniche which is a beach front pedestrian pathway with children’s play areas, bicycle paths and cafes.

• Hili Fun City is an amusement park with a movie theater and ice-skating rink.

• Old Souk is an authentic outdoor market where locals shop daily for wares and food.

• Arabian Wildlife Park where you can see giraffes, gazelles, wild oryx, hyenas and cheetahs roam free in their natural habitat.

• Go on a desert safari and take a camel ride.


Abu Dhabi teems with five star restaurants ranging from an American steak house to Thai and Vietnamese food. You can find French gourmet food to Italian pizza.

What to wear

Skirts and trousers should at least cover the knees and ankle-length is better. Shirts should have sleeves and beach wear is only for the beach. Carrying a light-weight sweater even on warm days is recommended due to the powerful air-conditioning found in most buildings.


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