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.


Luxury And Adventure Await In Dubai

Dubai is an amazing city of relatively young origins. There is mention in some documents of Dubai as early as 1095 but the first known settlement of the city was in 1799. The Al Abu Falasa clan of Bani Yas formally established Dubai as a town early in the 19th century and it was ruled by the clan until the British claimed control in 1892. Dubai quickly became an important hub for trading due to its ideal location on the Persian Gulf.

The discovery of oil in the region in 1966 brought a vast amount of foreign workers to the oil fields, tripling the population of Dubai in a short time, also bringing to the area a large amount of investment from abroad. In 1971 the United Kingdom relinquished its control of the area and the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi along with four other emirates joined to become the United Arab Emirates, with Ras Al-Khaimah joining early the following year.
Twilight Dubai United Arab Emirates

Since that time, not only has the oil industry created great wealth for the area, the business model, which follows basic Western business practices, has been extremely successful. Visitors from around the world come to Dubai to see the innovative projects and experience the outstanding action adventure industry that has become a major draw.

Luxury is in abundance in Dubai. The wide range of Dubai hotels offered leave nothing to chance. The hospitality of the Arabian people is legendary and the businesses in Dubai love to extend that tradition to all visitors. While there are dozens of sumptuous accommodations to be found, Dubai is the home of the only 7 star hotel in existence, Burj Al-Arab, which offers the most luxurious accommodations in the world.Burj-al-Arab Hotel Dubai

Shopping in Dubai is an adventure in itself, and a favorite destination is the souks, offering great bargains and sightseeing. The gold souk offers a dazzling array of gold items displayed throughout and is a testament to Dubai’s reputation as the ‘City of Gold.’ The many malls and shopping centers in Dubai are truly a shopper’s paradise, offering not only merchandise, but leisure and entertainment activities as well.

Adventure tourism is big business in Dubai, My Destination Dubai has many ideas for your next adventure. Dubai, offering adventure seekers everything from Desert Safaris, sand skiing, sky diving, sailing, snorkeling and the list goes on. The most popular and a must when visiting Dubai is a Desert Safari! Take a ride into the desert via a 4-wheel vehicle doing a little ‘dune bashing’ along the way, then once arriving ride atop a camel to visit local Bedouin villages and get a taste of the traditional way of life.

Once back from your safari, a wonderful destination for the evening is the Palms development. The Palms is a group of three engineered developments that extend out into the bay in the shape of palm trees. The developments are a marvel of beauty, style and the ultimate in luxury accommodations and living. Enjoy theme parks, water sports or just relax for a while at one of the many clubs and enjoy a show. Read more information on Dubai here.

Come experience Dubai!

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