Impressive opulence, the Emirates Palace Hotel, with 362 suites, cost $ 3 billion and is considered one of the most expensive in the world. The region has also golf courses, marinas and the Ferrari World theme park. Divided between the customs of the Islamic religion and the glamor of imported cars parade through its avenues, the tradition has right address at the Heritage Village, a replica of a village that portrays the lifestyle of the population before the age of oil. Old houses, camel rides, stalls for selling crafts and even a museum painting the canvas. In Sheikh Zayed Mosque, visitors are flabbergasted with the largest Persian carpet in the world in the grand temple with capacity for 40,000 people. Shoppers will find plenty of fun in stores and mostly in the souks, the Arab markets selling everything. Do not be fooled: although the film Fri and the City 2 are „acclimated“ in Abu Dhabi, the filming took place in Morocco.
For a quick day trips, embark on a City Tour on a Big Bus Tour or do a deal with a cab to follow a basic circuit: the morning on the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Island in the afternoon (which are marina and the Ferrari World) and the very beginning of the evening along the Corniche.
A nice option for those who have more time is to visit the oasis town of Al Ain, near the border with Oman. Here you will learn camel market, historic buildings and museums connected to the local monarchy and an interesting zoological park.
Abu Dhabi has a modern International Airport, distant 20 minutes from downtown by car or taxi. Public transport, the cheaper alternative, just grab the green and white bus 901 It runs every 40 minutes, 24 hours a day and only costs 3 AED. The journey takes 45 minutes from the terminal to the center. For those who are Staying In Dubai is the easiest to negotiate transfers with the hotel or take a taxi ($ 65).
If you prefer to rent a car, next to the terminals are the booths of companies like Budget, Hertz and Europcar.
For those Traveling With Etihad Airways, the shuttle to your hotel is a courtesy provided you are traveling through first class or executive.
Abu Dhabi is a city car, with good roads and streets. The bustling E11 to Dubai, is a very busy highway with heavy traffic during peak hours. If you have not rented a car, the best means of transport (although there are several bus lines) is the taxi. The amounts charged are quite acceptable, if not cheap. After all, as you can’t imagine, gasoline is no problem here.
WHERE TO STAY
Abu Dhabi is a huge city with hotels scattered around its perimeter. There are some good addresses international flags near the airport and the Grand Mosque, but you get them with limited services, shopping and restaurants offer, being totally dependent on public transport or taxi. More isolated regions, such as Saadiyat and Yas have stylish options such as mobile telephony Yas Marina, under which passes a Curves Formula 1 racetrack, and elegant villas are ideal for extended stays. If you like staying near the buzz (and malls, restaurants, plazas and banks), the option is not distancing himself from the Corniche, the area considered downtown. Here are a Mercure, Sheraton and Crowne Plaza, and several options for different budgets. Another interesting area is west of the Corniche. Besides the super-stylish and exclusive Emirates Palace (who can’t be here at least try to book a table for dinner), the region is home to a Hilton and InterContinental.
WHERE TO EAT
The city has a good number of expats who gave shapes, colors and interesting to the dining scene in town aromas. From elegant French houses the simple (but interesting) restaurants with different specialties – mainly Arabic, Chinese, Pakistani, Iranian and Indian – you will find a little of everything. A good choice is to try the afternoon tea a few fancy hotels, where you can taste some good service in the region.