Now this was going to be one exciting trip, this was not the first time i went to abu dhabi so i do have some experience dealing with the middle east and we were superrrr stoked.
DAY ONE :-
The first day of this Abu Dhabi itinerary is all about getting cultural.
My favourite place to have breakfast on Saadiyat Island is The Circle Cafe! This place does great hearty breakfasts and at weekends they offer a great value for money bottomless breakfast!Once i have finished breakfast we headed to one of the most beautiful places in Abu Dhabi the newly open Louvre Abu Dhabi!.The collection at the Louvre Abu Dhabi is largely art based but split into galleries to chart the progression of humanity.we decided to have lunch at the louvre and there was a great museum cafe which was split into 50-50 with table service and self service.It was overlooking the water and it was perfectly splendid.Then our next destination was the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque . This is literally my favourite place in Abu Dhabi and if you can only visit one place in Abu Dhabi then for me it has to be the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque! The mosque was the largest in UAE and it took us more than couple hours to look around.The evening time is the best time to visit it.however there is a dresscode for this place, check the website for more details.Once we have finished at the Mosque we jumped in the taxi and headed across the inlet to Souk Qarat al Beryi just over the water from the Mosque.This was a fabulous place to do souvenir shopping! However my favourite thing to do here is to have dinner.EL WAHAB serves traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and is exceptionally tasty! Be sure to get a table out on the terrace as it has great views of the Mosque over the water.https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Abu%20Dhabi/entity/CgoI2MuaweKBts4TEAE?g2lb=2502548%2C4258168%2C4271060%2C4306835%2C4317915%2C4322823%2C4328159%2C4330862%2C4371335%2C4401769%2C4419364%2C4425458%2C4433754%2C4435574%2C4436127%2C4436623%2C4444000%2C4451649%2C4270859%2C4284970%2C4412693&hl=en&gl=in&un=1&ap=aAE&q=hotels%20in%20abu%20dhabi&rp=EMiD9b29y72nYxCRydGJ0oqB9HMQ2MuaweKBts4TEIKp95PbpbTpDjgBQABIAqIBIEFidSBEaGFiaSAtIFVuaXRlZCBBcmFiIEVtaXJhdGVzwAEDyAEA&ictx=1&utm_campaign=sharing&utm_medium=link&utm_source=htls&hrf=CgUI-FUQACIDSU5SKhYKBwjkDxALGAwSBwjkDxALGA0YASgAWAGqASIKAgghEgIIDxICCAgSAghlEgIIFRICCC8SAggFEgIIVBgBqgEHCgMIoQIYAKoBDgoCCCUSAgh1EgIIdhgBqgEWCgIIERICCCoSAghAEgIIAhICCCsYAaoBMQoCCC4SAgg8EgIIVhIDCIACEgIISBIDCIECEgIIPRICCAMSAggMEgMIiQESAggnGAGqAQsKAwjhAhICCGMYAaoBDwoCCFASAwiEARICCE8YAaoBDgoCCDUSAggiEgIIMhgBkgECIAE
Day Two of our Abu Dhabi was spent entirely on Yas Island! Yas Island is in Abu Dhabi but is about a 25 minute drive from the Corniche. Now yas island is basically a wonderworld there were like so many fantasy worlds. My most favourite was Ferrari world.but there were many like warner brothers world, yas waterworld and gotham city etc.This is a great theme park if you are travelling with a mix of ages as the cartoon world appeals to those with young children.Once we have had our fill of fun at the theme parks we headed to the mall connected to Ferrari World – Yas Mall! This is my favourite of all the malls in Abu Dhabi and there are great variety of restaurants!but we got a table on the terrace closest to Ferrari World were there is a fountain show! It isn’t as spectucular as the fountain show in front of the Burj Khalifa however it is still nice to watch.
Today we started the day with one of the most spectacular views in Abu Dhabi bu going up the Observation Deck at Jumeriah at Etihad Towers! The Observation Deck at Etihad Towers is on the 74th Floor and offers the best view of the Abu Dhabi skyline and was a truly specatacular view.Once we have finished at the Towers then headed along the Abu Dhabi Corniche! The Abu Dhabi Corniche is over an 8km stretch along which are public beaches, outdoor gyms and a wealth of food and beverage outlets! We took a stroll in the corniche and got some food out there.Once we have finished headed for pretty much the most luxurious things that you can do in Abu Dhabi – have afternoon tea at the Emirates Palace Hotel! The Emirates palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in Abu Dhabi! It is one of the most ornately decorated hotels that you will ever set foot in adorned with gold.! While there we tried the famous Emirates Palace Gold Cappuccino! A Cappuccino dusted with real gold!.
Our favourite place to have a beach day in Abu Dhabi is to head to the private island of Zaya Nurai! We headed to Saadiyat Island and then took a short 15 minute speed boat transfer to the island which feels more like the Maldives than the UAE! We booked our beach day in advance as numbers are limited to keep the exclusivity of the island!.this place is expensive but on the weekdays it's cheaper.
Now I personally don’t think any visiting to the Middle East is complete without a trip into the desert!Left the city in the afternoon and headed toward the desert to discover the true Abu Dhabi. Enjoyed an exciting drive over the sand dunes, something akin to desert off-roading. Then we visited a camel farm and watched the sunset from the dunes.
Continued our journey toward a traditional Arabic camp, where we had the opportunity to try a host of activities like henna painting and belly dancing. We also tried Shisha, the traditional Arabic smoking pipe, as well as sample the Arabic sweets and coffee significant to Bedouin culture.
We were then be served a BBQ dinner under the starlit sky, with live Arabian entertainment to ensure it's a night to remember.
Day 6:- the splendid tour had come to an end and i was super stoked to revisit again and this is one of the few places in the world which i know that i will visit again
Note;- the trip was pretty expensive but every penny of it was worth it. But if you are.looking for cheaper options i would recommend leaving the private island out of the itinerary.