48 hours in Abu Dhabi

by Travelbag on 24 July 2015, 15:07PM

Known as one of the most up and coming emirates in the UAE, Abu Dhabi is an expanding, rapidly growing city. It’s an exciting and diverse city to visit, especially with such beautiful beach resorts located right next door to some of the most modern city architecture in the world. You couldn’t ask for much more.

If you’re only visiting for 48 hours, you’ll be able to jam-pack your days with activities and fun things to see and do, and here you’ll find our recommendations:

Day 1

Fuel up for the day

Start your day the right way and head to Rosewater, located in the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. This restaurant has been top-rated online for an amazing breakfast in the city, and locals love it.

Visit the religious centre of the city

One of the most beautiful and magnificent structures in the city has to be the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It is
Abu Dhabi's landmark building, so should be on every visitors itinerary when stopping by. The mosque fuses Mameluke, Ottoman and Fatamid design elements – that culminates in a modern and truly stunning building. You’ll be wowed by the exterior – and then be speechless inside too – this is truly a sight to behold. When visiting, ensure to wear respectful clothing, as this is a working religious mosque, and is not just open for the use of tourists.


Keep it cultural in the afternoon

Spend the afternoon at Abu Dhabi Heritage Village – learning about the city and it’s origins before the oil boom. You won’t believe how far the city has come in so little time, and as you stroll around the replica Bedouin settlement, you’ll feel in awe of the developments and buildings Abu Dhabi now has.


Enjoy views of the city by nightfall

After spending the day learning about the history of the city, spend your evening looking at the finished product, and seeing just why Abu Dhabi is one of the most exciting and beautiful Emirates in the UAE. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel has a viewing platform where you can overlook the city, and whilst there is an entrance fee (only for non guests) you can redeem the ticket price for restaurant purchases – so it’s a great excuse to enjoy your dinner up there, and really soak in the view.

Day 2


Shopping and breakfast

Start your second day in the city with a little bit of shopping (Abi Dhabi is tax-free so it’d be a shame not to indulge a little!) at The Marina Mall. It’s one of Abu Dhabi’s most loved shopping malls and it’s a great place to stroll around looking for gifts and goodies. Pick up some quick breakfast from one of the malls many coffee shops or food courts, and you’ll be set for the day ahead.


Time for some flashy machinery!

You can’t visit Abu Dhabi without taking a look inside the Emirates National Auto Museum. It’s one of the most extravagant and opulent displays of automobiles you’ll ever witness, and it’s a must-do for anyone interested in cars or the luxury lifestyle. And even if cars don’t interest you – you’re bound to be left speechless by the sheer amount of wealth on show. The museum is an incredible private collection (yes you read that right) of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan and you’ll hardly believe your eyes as you witness the amazing array of cars he has on show.

Relax with a little lunch

After strolling around the ENAM, head to the The Corniche for a leisurely walk (or bike ride – if you fancy it). The Corniche is an huge four-mile promenade (you don’t have to walk the whole thing, just a little bit of it) with lots of great places to stop and enjoy the view (and a picnic) along the way. We’d recommend stocking up on some humus and flat bread from a local supermarket, and having lunch like the locals.


Finish your day with something a bit different

Al Ain Camel Market is a truly local experience and something you probably won’t experience anywhere else in the world. When visiting you will have the rare opportunity to see one of the last remaining livestock trading markets in the UAE. You’ll be able to interact with local tradesmen and farmers who will looking to sell their livestock. If you want to take photos of the animals, expect to pay some small change (like a tip).


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