The Yas Island Marina Circuit is also here, where the Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place every year, and of course that’s not all, when in the desert you must do a night time desert safari! Driving through the dunes in 4WD’s, camel rides, falcon show, followed by a traditional dinner and dancing under the stars.
My recommendation is a three night stopover on the way to your destination, but if you only have a transit, there may still be enough time to leave the airport, head to Yas Waterworld for a swim before your onward flight, I did this on a six hour layover.
The Grand Mosque should definitely be on your to do list (ensure you check the cultural guidelines and respect the dress standards), as should a visit or stay at the Emirates Palace for all of those Sex in the City Fans!
Truly something for everyone and ever changing, I cannot wait to visit again to see what else has changed, particularly the completion of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, Arabic for “Happiness Island,” which will include a new Louvre museum and Guggenheim.
If you’re looking for some adult fun and relaxation, then time a visit so you are in Abu Dhabi for Friday Brunch (Friday-Saturday is a weekend) most hotels and beach clubs offer an all you can eat and drink brunch which can be enjoyed pre and post a swim in the pool. I’m talking free flowing mojitos and champagne!!