Abu Dhabi is the richest and fastest growing city in the United Arab Emirates. Today Abu Dhabi overtakes Dubai in the number of hotels, entertainment and attractions. Where to stay and eat? What to visit? SMAPSE experts will tell you in this article!
Where to stay?
The choice is quite large: in Abu Dhabi you can find accommodation for every budget, although prices will be above average anyway. Recently, Rixos hotels have opened here - it became the first all-inclusive hotel. A separate island on which the hotel is built is located 20 minutes from the airport. At Rixos Saadiyat Island private beach and water park, 10 restaurants and bars, 12 villas with private pools.
More housing options:
- Aparthotel Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan
- Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
- The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
- Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
- The St. Regis abu dhabi
- Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan
- Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
- Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport Hotel
- Southern sun abu dhabi
- InterContinental Abu Dhabi
- Jannah Burj Al Sarab
- Tryp by Wyndham Abu Dhabi City Center
- Yas Island Rotana.
Where to eat?
Each hotel has its own restaurants and bars, but if you are hungry while walking in the city, visit:
- Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes - Yas Mall
- Jazz @ PizzaExpress
- Desert Lotus Thai Bisto & Sushi
- Spaccanapoli Ristorante
- Al Fanar Restaurant and Cafe, Yas Mall
- Dandana Gourmet Restaurant
- Moti Mahal Delux Restaurant Abu Dhabi
- Zahrat lebnan khalidia
- Zahrat Lebnan (Lebanese Flower)
- Taste of Asia
- Leopold's of London - Nation Galleria
- Sofra Istanbul Restaurant
- Carluccio's - Eastern Mangroves.
What to see?
It's hard to imagine that there was an unremarkable fishing village on this site in the 1960s. Today, Abu Dhabi is replete with hotels, restaurants and must-see attractions while relaxing in the city:
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque, was built in 2007. The style of the building is defined as a mixture of Persian, Moorish and Arabic styles. The building is striking in its grandeur: its floor is covered with the largest carpet in the world, the area of which is almost 6 sq. Km. (yes, kilometers!), 7 huge chandeliers under the domes, and the total number of people that the mosque can accommodate is 40,000 people.
- Etihad Towers is a modern ensemble consisting of 5 skyscrapers. The height of the tallest structure is 300 meters, 74 floors. Inside are hotels, shops, restaurants and conference rooms.
- The Al-Bahar Towers are twin skyscrapers, built in 2012, were built in collaboration with the British company Arup Engineers. The architects managed to bring to life a challenging project that combines Arab and European, modern and traditional features.
- The Corniche Embankment is a landscaped embankment that stretches for 10 kilometers along the Persian Gulf. Walking along the embankment, you can visit parks, fountains, gardens, clubs, restaurants.
- Marina Mall shopping center, where, in addition to shops, there is an ice rink, restaurants, a cinema, a bowling alley and playgrounds.
- Ferrari World park, opened in 2012. As you might guess, everything here is dedicated to the car brand of the same name: rides, 3D shows, roller coasters, theater, children's racing school, car exhibition, etc.
- Falcon Hospital is a veterinary clinic that has been providing assistance to falcons since 2006.
- Fort Al-Husn, built in the 18th century. This building is the oldest in Abu Dhabi. Until 1966, the sheikh's fortress was located here, and in 2007 the facility became a tourist attraction.
- Corniche and Saadiyat beaches.
- Abu Dhabi Zoo , founded in 1968. Zoo pets are gazelles, monkeys, kangaroos, tigers, lions, snakes, etc.
- Mango reserve, where you can enjoy pristine nature, communication with flamingos, herons, turtles and other representatives of the fauna. Vehicles with an internal combustion engine are prohibited on the territory.