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2 days in abu dhabi (twice!), advice on hotel & what to do

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2 days in abu dhabi (twice!), advice on hotel & what to do

My husband & I will be travelling in March 2013 from Australia to Norway & have decided to stop over in Abu Dhabi for 2 nights on the way there & 2 nights on the way back (we haven't been to AD before). We thought we might look at the city during the first stopover & go sightseeing further out on our 2nd stopover. Any suggestions on what to do or tours to do? Don't like shopping. Do like culture, history, local food, nature, people, community experiences.

Also any suggestions on hotels? We generally prefer somewhere quietish but reasonably convenient (does that mean the inner city hotels are out?) & preferably not glitzy or glam. High end hotels too expensive for us. Beach irrelevant as we get plenty of those in Australia. Any boutiquish type accommodation in AD? Any info would be very helpful.

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1. Re: 2 days in abu dhabi (twice!), advice on hotel & what to do

On the left of this page there are links on things to do and on the right top questions and some suggested itineraries. If you read through those you will find all the information you need.

You won't get much by way of "culture, history, local food, nature, people, community experiences" in Abu Dhabi since most of the history/culture is still being developed, but you are sure to like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Manarat Al Saadiyat and maybe also the Heritage Village at the breakwater near Marina Mall (although it is quite shabby). A desert safar is a must for anyone staying more than one day: you get to see the desert and camels. You may not meet any locals at all on your visit though, apart from your guide at the mosque.

Abu Dhabi hotels tend to be glitzy/glam so it is difficult for me to think of a suggestion for hotel. You might like the One-to-One which is in a village style and an easy location to visit most parts of the city.

Perhaps you could stay on the island of Abu Dhabi and off the island on Saadiyat, Yas or the mainland on your second stay,

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2. Re: 2 days in abu dhabi (twice!), advice on hotel & what to do

Thank you so much for these suggestions!

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3. Re: 2 days in abu dhabi (twice!), advice on hotel & what to do

abu dhabi is not much of a fancy city

i can suggest you itinerary.

day 1

take a taxi to corniche and enjoy the sun sand and sea, take a walk a bicycle ride just to get a feel of the place. you can next take a desert safari for the evening. enjoy camel ride, quad biking, falcon show, sand boarding etc. these are fun activities in the desert.

day 2

next day you can take a cab to the sheikh zayed mosque and enjoy the majestic monument. head to shangri la or the souk qariyat al beri for a good brunch or lunch.

in the evening book a dinner at the emirates palace and enjoy the luxury at its best.

on your next two day trip

day 1

head to yas island and enjoy a day at the ferrari world, the only frerrari theme park in the world with the fastest roller coaster ride

for the evening you can head to any of the hotels on the yas island of which yas viceroy is a favourite for a drink, for dinner you can head to other hotels there like rangoli at yas rotana which serves excellent indian food.

day 2

you can spare this day for a shopping spree at any of the malls like marina mall, mushrif mall or al wahda mall

in the city you can stay at millennium al wahda, hilton, crowne plaza or shereton at khalidiya.

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4. Re: 2 days in abu dhabi (twice!), advice on hotel & what to do

HI,

If you have not booked the tickets then I would suggest you to take stop over in Dubai and stay for 2 nights in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi hotels are very costly compared to Dubai and also there are many places to visit in Dubai then Abu Dhabi.

The historical places in Dubai are as follow:

Heritage and Diving Village

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Jumeirah Mosque

Bayt Al-Wakeel

Dubai Museum

Have a nice day.

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5. Re: 2 days in abu dhabi (twice!), advice on hotel & what to do

Thank you so much for your detailed & helpful itinerary. I think we will do just as you suggested. Can't wait! Thanks again.

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