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One Day in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is a magical city: it is a blend of strong Arabic culture housed within a cosmopolitan city, full of fancy, luxury stores, restaurants, and bars. Explore the rich culture, magnificent architecture, delicious food, great museums, and religious traditions. Abu Dhabi is the perfect city for travelers to visit for a day and get a taste of the United Arab Emirates.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Le Cafe

Restaurants

Emirates Palace

Spas, Architectural Buildings

Heritage Village

Historic Sites

The Corniche

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas

Manarat al Saadiyat

Conference & Convention Centers

Central Market

, Gift & Specialty Shops

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Sacred & Religious Sites

Al Mina Fish Market

, Gift & Specialty Shops

Mijana

Restaurants

Pearls

Restaurants

solodiana's City Tips

  • Make sure you read up on the local laws and etiquette to avoid causing offence.
  • Alcohol consumption is not permitted in public areas.
  • As with anywhere, don't take pictures of local people without permission.
  • Be aware of Ramadan dates: during this time is important to wear particularly demure clothing.
  • Le Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, International, Deli)
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    solodiana Says:

    Located in Emirates Palace, this luxury cafe is a good place to indulge in some special local food, such as camel burgers or the camelccino - which as the name suggests, is made from camel milk. The venue is so extravagant in fact, that some of the dishes are actually sprinkled with edible powdered gold!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveler
    Tips
    • The desserts are the best choice to accompany the rich coffee served here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #132 of 1,886 restaurants in Abu Dhabi
    • average 06/09/2019
    • “Royal Afternoon Tea” at the Emirates Palace 05/19/2019
    • Le Cafe
    Address:
    Corniche West Road
    Capital Plaza Complex
    Abu Dhabi 44966
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 690 7999
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Emirates Palace
    Spas, Architectural Buildings
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    solodiana Says:

    This luxury palace with stunning architecture will leave you with your mouth wide open — Emirates Palace holds the award for the most expensive hotel built in the United Arab Emirates! While walking around and admiring the incredible construction, you will find restaurants, bars, and a host of amazing facilities, including a private beach. In Abu Dhabi, many of the most frequented tourist attractions are its luxurious hotels, and exploring them is quite an experience!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your camera — this place is absolutely worth photographing!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 74 Spas & Wellness in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place for a cup of coffee 06/23/2019
    • Grandeur 06/21/2019
    • Emirates Palace
    Address:
    West End Corniche
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 690 9000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Heritage Village
    Historic Sites
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    solodiana Says:

    The Heritage Village displays the traditional culture from the Arab Emirates. As many of the cities in the Arab Emirates are now so cosmopolitan, it can sometimes be hard to get a feel for local culture, but here you can learn more about the religious and cultural practices of the region. Explore a traditional mosque, see oxes draw water, take a camel ride, and of course, there are lots of local handicrafts to browse as you go.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go before 5pm — while the village stays open after, the stores close.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 118 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    • Morning visit 06/22/2019
    • Interesting historical place to visit 06/14/2019
    • Heritage Village
    Address:
    Dubai
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 681 4455
    Other:
  • The Corniche
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas
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    solodiana Says:

    The Corniche is a must-see in Abu Dhabi. A great promenade to take a walk along, with green parks that are perfect for the kids to run around in, or just to enjoy the landscape. Here you will have some great photo opportunities, as you will see both the wonderful turquoise ocean and the awesome architecture of the city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's great to walk here at night as it's really illuminated.
    • Along the path you can find cafes to stop at and take in the amazing view.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 118 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I love it for solo walking 06/23/2019
    • Great place to spend time at dusk 06/22/2019
    • The Corniche
    Address:
    Corniche Road
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
  • Manarat al Saadiyat
    Conference & Convention Centers
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    solodiana Says:

    This is a cultural center that belongs to the Saadiyat Cultural District, a new space aiming to connect people through art. Here you will find lots of galleries where you can explore the art and culture from Abu Dhabi, as well a restaurant, theater, and event rooms. Yet, while you will find exhibitions from all over the world here, the architecture alone is awesome; a must-see in Abu Dhabi.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ask about the special schedules for Ramadan.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 118 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice gallery 03/31/2019
    • Lovely visit 02/20/2019
    • Manarat al Saadiyat
    Address:
    Manarat al Saadiyat Shk Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway
    Saadiyat Cultural District
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 657 5800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Central Market
    , Gift & Specialty Shops
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    solodiana Says:

    This is one of the oldest buildings of the city, and after recent refurbishments, is now also home to a mix of the most luxurious stores along with traditional handicrafts stores. It's a perfect display of Arab Emirates culture — a blend of futuristic style and traditional customs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The market is near to a beach park, so you could also relax or take a walk there when you are done shopping.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 57 Shopping in Abu Dhabi
    • Interesting souvenir shopping 04/06/2019
    • Nice place for an hour of souvenir shopping 02/13/2019
    • Central Market
    Address:
    Hamdan St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    solodiana Says:

    This mosque is a must in Abu Dhabi. It is the third largest mosque in the world, the first in Arab Emirates, and this imposing place with its luxurious architecture make you feel like you are in a fairy tale. The Arab Emirates are Guinness record winning specialists, so in this mosque you will also see the largest carpet in the world along with the largest marble mosaic. A wonderful sight to behold, and a great way to get in touch with the religion and its importance to Muslims.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ensure you dress modestly, with long, loose fitting, ankle length clothing (and women need to wear a headscarf).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 118 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    • Visit 06/26/2019
    • Mr johnson 06/25/2019
    • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
    Address:
    Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 419 1919
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Al Mina Fish Market
    , Gift & Specialty Shops
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    solodiana Says:

    This is a great, authentic experience in Abu Dhabi, and you could easily spend a whole day exploring this area. Here you will find a fruit and vegetable market, a carpet market, and of course, the fish market. As in any country, the best place to gain an understanding of the local culture is through its local market, and this is no exception — this place is magical, and you will find the local people to be friendly and kind.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you want to try traditional dates, this is the place.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 57 Shopping in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting Authentic Experience 06/21/2019
    • Authentic Experience 06/10/2019
    • Al Mina Fish Market
    Address:
    Al Meena Al Meena St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 55 394 3358
  • Mijana
    Restaurants (Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern)
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    solodiana Says:

    If you want to try authentic Lebanese food, this is the place. Ask to be located on the terrace to enjoy great food in a really special atmosphere. The staff are absolutely friendly and smiling all the time; the food is just awesome — especially the lamb and the humus — and the live music will put you in a good mood.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you like lamb, this is your place.
    • Located within the 5 star hotel, The Ritz.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 1,886 restaurants in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A long lasting experience, must try... 06/15/2019
    • Stunning 06/14/2019
    • Mijana
    Address:
    The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
    Khor Al Maqta'a
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 818 8282
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$80
    Hours:
    Sun
    5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Mon - Sat
    1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Pearls
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Contemporary)
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    solodiana Says:

    Sergi, a Michelin star chef, has restaurants all over the world, and here in Abu Dhabi he proposes a mix of tapas, drinks and jazz — a great blend of incredible food and atmosphere. The cocktails are famous and, as the chef says, this restaurant is more than just food: it is also about the music and the most important thing — fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveler
    Tips
    • The chef's specialty are the patatas bravas.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • The place closed in April 2017. 05/02/2017
    • Excellent food in a beautiful restaurant 04/01/2017
    • Pearls
    Address:
    Khor Al Maqta
    Shangri-La-Hotel,Between the Bridges
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 509 8555
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
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