The Abu Dhabi 'Hidden Gems' itinerary
Hey everyone! I recently kicked off 2022 by visiting Abu Dhabi and it felt like the perfect trip. It covered tons of hidden gems and was the perfect culmination of adventure, entertainment & relaxation. So here's my 5 day itinerary
Covid Guidelines as of 05.01.2022 : Covid tests are done every 3 days (50 AED usually) Negative tests ensure that your alhosn app status stays green. You need this to visit every single place
Weather - This was very different to my expectations. I visited in January and even though you have beautiful sunshine - IT GETS SOO CHILLY AND WINDY. You have the sea along all sides and it gets extremely cold especially post sunset!! Make sure you carry good outerwear
Getting around - Uber and Careem (the local Uber) are easily available. However, the local taxi is usually the cheapest. It runs by meter. You can either call or visit the Abu Dhabi Taxi app for this but you will need an Abu Dhabi phone number. The next option is to ask someone to book it for you in case you can't spot them nearby
I always like to keep the first few days fun filled and jam packed as usually you have the most energy and the excitement of being in a new country!
Kayaking at Jubail Mangrove Park
The mangrove park spreads across a vast area and one the best ways of covering it is by getting in your kayak. Your guide will train you in the basics and show you around. This was one of the favorite activates as you are combining adventure with gorgeous sights
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/bCjFsc7KfXSK6Sr89
Cost : 90-110 AED. Book online !
Time needed : Reach 20 mins before your time slot and then 1 hour for the kayaking activity
What to wear : Shorts. Also carry an extra pair of clothes for changing later in case you get wet
Qasr al Hosn
There were 2 parts to my visit to Qasr al Hosn. One was visiting the House of Artisans where you can deep dive into the local crafts and work of artisans. Beautiful artifacts and traditional crafts with the help of locally available resources across years are displayed here. The second part was visiting the fort itself. With its pristine walls and marvelous structure, you can easily get immersed in its glory here
Location : https://g.page/QasrAlHosn?share
Socials : https://www.instagram.com/qasralhosn/
Cost : 30 AED (Rs. 600 approx)
Time needed - 1.5 hour
What to wear : Jacket if it gets chilly
Being sea locked from 3 sides, there are tons of beaches and islands spread across Abu Dhabi. I happened to visit Al Hudayriat Beach. The beachline is vast, the water is pristine and there are tons of eateries from small food trucks to a plethora of cafes and restaurants of various cuisines
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/XQ1CFYpFjqvrpym66
Cost : None
Time needed - 1-2 hours
What to wear : It can get extremely chilly here due to being close to the sea
Qasr Al Watan
Day 2 kicked off with one of the must visits according to me in Abu Dhabi, a visit to Qasr Al Watan or the presidential palace. This is an absolute sight to the eyes. The architecture, the gold interiors and the vast knowledge and history about Abu Dhabi will keep you throughout mesmerized
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/tEbyy9HjfBym6BEo7
Cost : 60 AED (Rs. 1200 approx)
Time needed : 2 hours
What to wear : Comfortable shoes to walk around
This is dedicated to the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, known as the Father of the Nation. There are tons of garden and an elevated walkaway, however, the highlight of it is the constellation. It contains 1,327 geometric shapes suspended on 1,110 cables to create a series of evolving personal encounters with Sheikh Zayed’s image
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/CTi8z15SDoZY6Mtn7
Cost : None.
Time needed : 30 mins
What to wear : Jacket if you are visiting post sunset
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque
I don't think this needs much words. The picture are saying all about the beauty of this magnificent sight !
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/qzujJfCYV4NHwtjUA
Socials : https://www.instagram.com/szgmc_ae/
Cost : None. Online booking is compulsory
Time needed : 2 hours. You need to see this at twilight : so right before sunset + post sunset
What to wear : For men, no dress code. For women, entire body & hair needs to be covered. You can either wear full lengthen clothes with a scarf accordingly or right outside there are abayas available for purchase
Relax at the hotel
Day 3 is when I recommend you take a break from all the sightseeing. Take a slow morning, pamper yourself to maybe a spa session or a dip in the pool . For me it also involves taking pictures around the property. If not feel free to squeeze in a lunch at a local café you have your eyes on!
The hotel I stayed at : Andaz Capital Gate - https://www.instagram.com/andazabudhabi/
Half Day Safari
Now this has to be my favv activity. Did you really come to Abu Dhabi if you didn't head into the desert? Book a guided tour where the take you Dune bashing in 4x4s followed by activities like sandboarding & camel riding. It ends with a perfect dinner under the stars alongside belly dancing. I mean what's not to love about safari day?
Location : Pickup & drop is done to your hotel
Socials : https://www.instagram.com/emiratestours/
Cost : 290 AED (Rs. 5800 approx)
Time needed : 2/3pm onwards till 8/9 pm
What to wear : Shoes which you don't mind getting in sand, jacket as it'll get windy by evening
Louvre Abu Dhabi
With Day 4, I decided to visit the iconic Louvre museum. With around 12 sections, it takes you on a journey right from medieval times to the contemporary era. Not only can you spend hours here, the exterior of the museum is a sight to be seen
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/DV7tyTbp68jynXb59
Cost : General Admission - 60AED (Rs.1200 approx)
Time needed : 1-2.5 hours
What to wear : Comfortable shoes for walking around
No trip is complete without some shopping. Yas mall located on Yas Island is the biggest mall here. Tons of fashion, home, electronics, games shopping options alongside a plethora of mouth watering restaurants. Also its the perfect spot if you want to take back some souvenirs, perfumes, dates and dry fruits !
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/eu8GmL24FwQ6abta9
Socials : https://www.instagram.com/yasmallad/
Cost : None
Time needed - 1.5-4 hours
What to wear : Comfortable shoes for walking around, Dress light so that you can shop
Umm Al Emarat Park
After a hectic 4 days, this was really what I needed on my last day. The gorgeous and lush park spawns across a wide area and has something for everyone. You have a jogging track or a promenade for a casual stroll. Kids can spend hours on the swings and visitig the animal barn while you visit the 2 storied shade house. Post my walk, I had my last meal :( at Home Bakery. A pesto & mozzarella sandwich, some hot cocoa and lots of sweet memories is what I was cherishing
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/Q6eTtvSpdfDEAsKT7
Cost : 10 AED (Rs.200 approx)
Time needed : 30min - 1.5hour
What to wear : Comfortable shoes for walking around, Jacket as it gets windy
Hope this helps!
See you soon!