6 Things To Do In Abu Dhabi | MF Travels
When in Abu Dhabi, do as Mumbai Foodie does!
Recently, we made a week-long trip to Abu Dhabi, and were exposed to the fascinating combination of traditionalism and modernism that makes the city. Being the biggest city in the UAE, Abu Dhabi sure has a lot to boast about – whether it is their expansive range of high end, to local street food joints, the larger than life sky-scrapers, or if it’s just watching the sun set by the waterfront, it’s all a surreal experience.
Here are our 6 favourite things to do when in Abu Dhabi!
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
You can’t go to the UAE and not visit their architecturally sound and upscale mosques. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque was conceived by the first President of the UAE, and is also his final resting place. The mosque is a modern Islamic masterpiece. It stands, made with top of the class Greek and Macedonian marble, inlaid with semi-precious stones creating traditional floral and geometric details. It hosts 50,000 worshippers, and is one of the only few in the area to allow non-Muslim visitors.
Spend A Day At Ferrari World
It would be preposterous if you visited Abu Dhabi, and did not check out Ferrari World. Constructed on Yas Island as a tribute to the local Formula One Track, Ferrari World Theme Park is one of the best go-to destinations for tourists and locals alike. We went on this crazy rollercoaster called Formula Rossa that literally blew our minds off!
Chill at Abu Dhabi Corniche
The waterfront Corniche is a white sandy beach promenade, which has a dedicated walking and cycling area. Considered one of the biggest Abu Dhabi tourist attractions, it provides a magnificent view of the sky rocketing, new age sky-scrapers that UAE has to offer. The best way to experience the corniche, is by renting a bike from the numerous bike-share stations lined up. The inland is lined with a row of restaurants and sheesha cafes, that serve as perfect spots to chill out during the sunset.
Appreciate Art at The Louvre
Back in 2007, the UAE collaborated with France to bring a piece of international art and culture to Abu Dhabi. The result was the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The Louvre Abu Dhabi shouldn’t be mistaken to be a copy of the one in France, but instead, a new, modern project supported by the original one, which reflects its era and the local traditions of the UAE.
Shop at Al Mina Fish Market
Expect an array of colourful, fresh catch at the Al Mina Fish market. Not only is it a great way to be a part of the local Abu Dhabi scene, but it will also make for a delicious meal to look forward to. The counters arrange a literal seafood rainbow in front of your eyes with prawns, orange-spotted trevally, blue-shelled crabs, red snappers, pink Sultan Ibrahims, and more unlikely specialties. You can haggle for your choice of seafood, take it over to a fillet-station, then move on to the spices station to make your picks in anticipation of the next meal you are going to devour with your day’s shopping.
Devour The Niche Food Scene
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Some of our favourite high-end restaurants to dine at in Abu Dhabi are Zuma, for a Unique style of Japanese cooking, Tamba, for spectacular Indian dining and Bord Eau for upscale French Food. For exploring the local food options, we ate at Li Beirut for a modern twist on Arabian cuisine, and the Zahrat Lebnan chain for the iconic shawarma.