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UAE: Weekend in Abu Dhabi

Most recent ultra short visit from a friend inspired me to write this short post summarising what to expect from Abu Dhabi. Not only Dubai has some breath-taking views.

Abu Dhabi is a relatively young city, built in the second half of the 20th century.  Earlier, this area was a fishing and pearl diving centre during the colder months, however the oldest place is former palace of the sheiks – Qasr al Hosn (at the moment closed for renovations). History-loving enthusiasts can visit the heritage village instead.

The Corniche, city’s 7 km long beach promenade, is great for evening walks or running, while the gold and marble Emirates Palace is a popular spot for hotel lobby tourists. If you plan to visit the Palace, leave your flip-flops at home and definitely try the coffee sprinkled with gold.

Just opposite, the Observation Deck in the tallest of the five majestic Etihad towers offers tea and great panorama of the city.

The best sunset view is at the splendid white blue Sheikh Zayed mosque.

All these sights could be visited in a day or two. If you have more days to spare, cultural Saadiyat Island with the Louvre, Yas Island with Formula 1 circuit and amusement parks as well as mainland Abu Dhabi’s attractions like the Falcon hospital or the Auto museum belong among the nicer spots worth seeing.

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