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One Day In Abu Dhabi – Seeing The Best Of UAE In A Day

If you are planning a trip to one of the most attractive destinations on earth, then take a look at the UAE. This hub of magnificent splendor is one of a kind destination for tourists from all walks of life. 

If your trip to the UAE would be a short one, then a wise choice would be to plan a one day trip in Abu Dhabi. Known for its classical history, Abu Dhabi is an attractive destination for many but before you embark on the journey, it is best to devise a one-day itinerary plan. After all, booking tickets beforehand is not substantial enough! You need to have a solid plan in place for a perfect booking platform

To make things easy for you, let us walk you through a plan for seeing Abu Dhabi in one day. 

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The Grand Mosque 

The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most spectacular concoctions in Abu Dhabi. Visitors from Dubai often prefer taking a day trip to Abu Dhabi to visit the grand mosque. Made of glittering white marble with breathtaking domes and minarets, the Grand Mosque is one of a kind. In the mosque, there are a million sparkling gold-plated chandeliers that reflect golden light around the mosque.

Moreover, when you visit the Grand Mosque, you’ll see the world’s largest carpet. Keep in mind that the dress code in the Grand Mosque is strictly enforced; women are expected to cover themselves adequately. Men are required to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. 

The Etihad Towers 

If the idea of visiting the Grand Mosque seems too classical for you, the best alternative would be the Etihad towers. A dramatic architectural statement, the Etihad Towers are located across the street from Emirate Palace Hotel. This five-tower complex welcomes residents as well as travelers to live, work, and stay. Shop and dine in a single destination. 

The Etihad Towers will provide you with a magnificent panoramic view. The idea is to have a picturesque day at one of the most ideal locations in Abu Dhabi.  While you are at the Etihad Towers, you can enjoy lunch with a 360-degree view of Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Gulf at Ray’s Grill, located on the 63rd floor. The stunning panoramic view is one of a kind opportunity for tourists.  

The Etihad Towers are considered a benchmark for luxury, with the three towers being divided into residential and business complexes separately. If you are interested in looking at the city from a full perspective, you can go to the 74th floor of Tower 2. The Observation Deck at 300 offers tourists some of the best views of the city. 

Going to Abu Dhabi, albeit for a single day, and returning empty-handed is not a good idea. If you are interested, you can shop through some of the most luxurious and exclusive boutiques located at The Avenue of the Etihad Towers. Many of these boutiques boast a private room for VIP shopping, so be sure to add it to your list. 

Qasr al Watan (UAE Presidential Palace)

Once you are done having lunch at the Etihad Towers, you can choose to stroll over the Qasr al Watan. Translated into “Place of the Nation”, Qasr al Watan was established to provide non-officials with an opportunity to explore the presidential Palace. The Palace’s interior offers a sneak into the legacy of the UAE with its marvelous and intricate architectural design. Admissions to Qasr Al Watan charge AED 60. Since you have one day in Abu Dhabi, booking your tickets in advance online is much preferable.  That way, you can skip the queue and enter the Qasr.  

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Emirates Palace 

After visiting the Emirates Palace, if you want to save time on the road, another ideal option is the Emirate Palace. Located right in front of the Etihad Towers, this place is a must for your one-day stay in Abu Dhabi. The Emirates Palace is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, but it is worth the while. 

The absolutely stunning interior of the Palace drips with gold as elaborated patterns embrace the walls. The Emirates Palace is the epitome of grandeur as its stately exterior matches the interior. The hotel in itself oozes luxury with the focus directed towards its domes, vibrant lighting, marble and floor-to-ceiling gold. Moreover, it is well-known for its gold cappuccino!  

The long stretch of beach alongside the Palace is one of its finest draws and offers guests an element of privacy with direct access to the nearby marina. The Emirates palace is located within walking distance of nearby hotels, restaurants and malls, so you’ll find yourself pretty occupied here. With the international airport just 40-minutes away, and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi within a 12-mile radius, you can choose to go wherever you want. 

Palace Marina

If you do decide to visit the Emirates Palace, the next place on your bucket should be Palace Marina. Located right in front of the exquisite Emirates Palace this astounding Palace stands in splendor.

The Marina provides access to deep waters, which is why you will find an expensive 100-foot yacht berth here. At Palace Marina, you could take a yellow boat ride along the Abu Dhabi Coast and enjoy the breezing coastline. 

The Palace Marina is one of the Arabian Gulf’s most prestigious Marina developments. It boasts deep water access to the clear warm sea of the Abu Dhabi Corniche. With 169 berths that range from 12 to 14 meters in size, this marina was built exclusively for large yachts. 

The aesthetics at Palace Marina are one of a kind, with a dredged seven-meter approach and docks designed to take large vessels. Add to the zest a breathtaking backdrop showcasing Emirates Palace in all its glory. This one-of-a-kind location is among the most covetable in Abu Dhabi and the world. 

At palace Marina you will benefit from the five-star service while lounging at the white-sand beach, sheltered by protective breakwaters. Some other luxuries you can enjoy include yacht dining, a health club, laundry, a fuel station and wireless internet. 

Heritage Village 

If you are a history and archaeology geek, then you might prefer going to the Heritage Village instead of the Marina. The Heritage Village is a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village and gives a little feeling of ancient Arabia. Moreover, the village has some public workshops where craftsmen demonstrate their expertise in traditional skills. These include metalwork, pottery, weaving and spinning yarn, to name a few. The Heritage Village is a serene and small place, but it is absolutely adorable in nature. 

To Conclude,

The emirates of the UAE, specifically Abu Dhabi, hold hidden treasures for those who dive into the heart of the city. With the beautiful corniche and the settling sun in the low breeze, be sure to enjoy every minute of your day. Bon Voyage!

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