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Abu Dhabi Trip

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West Corniche Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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Some experienced travelers wouldn't consider a hotel a "sight," but the Emirates Palace is a full-blown spectacle. This luxurious spot, which is owned by the government, opened in 2006 to the cost of roughly $6 billion! You'll notice marble and...
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Sir Bani Yas Island wildlife refuge, set on a desert island in Abu Dhabi, is best experienced by booking one or two nights with Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resort. With three distinct properties on the island, visitors can choose from the Desert...
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Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Clean, refreshing, full of light, and a shopper's dream, Yas Mall is the newest of Abu Dhabi’s malls, set on Yas Island—where fast cars, a fast roller coaster, and mega-yachts arrive and depart regularly while shoppers enjoy fashion, food, and...
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The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
I thoroughly enjoyed Fairways Restaurant's international cuisine. With dishes originating from all over the world, I imagine there is something for everyone on their menu. While I tried the buffet, Fairways also offers an exclusive brunch,...
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No matter where you are staying in the UAE, you can't leave without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The mosque, the third-largest in the world, is the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation's founder. Even on the...
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With a bit more Arabian flare than a typical shopping mall—and a design that comes from the regional souk architecture, the WTC Souk (or Central Market) is a replacement to an outdoor souk that stood in the same place until a fire destroyed it in...
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Al Dhaid Rd, Near Sharjah Zoo - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
A highlight of my time in the United Arab Emirates was the Desert Safari that I took on the recommendation of the friend who I was staying with. The tour company picked me up with a group of others at my accommodation in Dubai and drove us...
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I've heard there is a nice shawarma stand at the top of Jebel Hafeet to go along with the view, but on my trip up the mountain, it was so busy with Eid celebrations, that I had to drive straight down again without finding any parking! On the...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
On an architectural tour of Abu Dhabi, it would be easy to overlook a bridge. However, the distinct character of the Sheikh Zayed Bridge will be difficult to miss and easy to admire—particularly at night when lit up in changing colors. A Zaha...
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Etihad Towers,West Corniche, - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Etihad Towers offers much more than a beautiful and feminine architectural crown to the Abu Dhabi skyline. The five blue-tinted structures are home to Jumeirah Hotel, an office building, and three residential towers. Shoppers will find many of the...
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Al Marina - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
After the evening call to prayer, several cafe trucks open up to people strolling along the stretch of Marina Island—across the water and parallel to the Abu Dhabi cityscape on the Corniche. From Arab coffee to karak (similar to chai tea), the...
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Masdar Institute Administration 1 - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Completely geeked to participate in new eco-friendly technology at Masdar City, my touring partner for the day and I pushed the green open button on the glass enclosed parking spot number three where our pod car awaited. Driverless pod cars are...
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Ground floor, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Known for its wall of fire and awarded with a 2015 Wine Spectator Award for one of the world's best wine lists, Marco Pierre White offers guests an unforgettable evening. Open for dinner between 6pm and midnight, the celebrity chef brings...
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Corniche Rd, Opp Corniche Bike Track, Near Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
At the marina branch of the casual shisha café chain Le Boulanger, the breezy outdoor terrace offers sparkling views of the city against the water and a reasonably priced menu featuring large portions of salads, pastas, sandwiches, and Arabic...
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ICT Tower - 4 King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
It may seem silly to get excited over cheese bread, but if you need some help to get going in the morning and you’re feeling a bit nibbly, Geelato has your coffee and tremendous cheese bread. If you’ve had fresh Hawaiian Sweet bread, you’re close...
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Corniche Rd W - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Mezlai, which means “the old lock of the door,” provides a key to unlock the flavors of the United Arab Emirates. This richly appointed and luxurious restaurant offers traditional dishes such as hariz served with veal. Hariz is a kind of porridge...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Looking to bring home a sweet souvenir? Something different from a huge bar of duty-free Toblerone? Al Nassma chocolate is made with camel milk, said to be the next "superfood," with lower fat and more vitamins than cow milk. Then again, it is...
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The Collection - The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort,Saaydiyat Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
At the St. Regis collection of restaurants on Saadiyat Island, you will come across great dining options, one of which is the Caramel Retaurant & Lounge. I haven’t had many Baked Alaskas in my life, and this was certainly a memorable one. Apart...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! This little cafe, tucked in the Fairmont Bab al Bahr, is the perfect place to break a diet - or celebrate an accomplishment. Serving hot and cold chocolate drinks along with truffles, cakes, and gift items, the...
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Ground Floor, Marks & Spencer Complex, Fotouh Al Khair Centre,Airport road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
A Neopolitan pizzeria in Abu Dhabi with delicious thin crusts artisan pizzas baked in a wood burning pizza oven. The pizzas are very reasonably priced and ingredients range from mozzarella and basil to Tandoori Chicken and mango chutney. The...
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Corniche road, Villa T3 - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Perhaps the most inviting cafe to spend time at in Abu Dhabi is The Third Place. With furnished alcoves, window seats, and patio tables, it’s a great place to meet a friend, settle in with a book, or get some work done over wifi. The food is...
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UNIT 124, 1st Floor - Al Wahda Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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The diversity of Abu Dhabi’s style can definitely be seen in its variety of shopping and entertainment experiences they offer. Al Wahda Mall is the only stop you’ll need to make for big-brand shopping. The large center has a range of clothing...
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19th Street, Musaffah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Curves, lines, and a blend of Arabian art and modern design come together in the architecture and interiors of Dalma Mall. Grand entrances give way to shops and stores that can help you indulge in the UAE’s national pasttime: shopping. The movie...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
If you would like to learn your oolong from your pu-erh, spend some time in the Zen-like Artteas shop inside Abu Dhabi's Central Market. They carry more than 180 teas from Asia, plus beautifully crafted glass, porcelain, and stoneware pots and...