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Visit Abu Dhabi in 5 days. Tours and attractions. What to do and see

Visit Abu Dhabi

A surprising city. A wonderful place. Abu Dhabi is a city in constant progress, between history, culture, adventure. A destination where it will be impossible to get bored, between culture, shopping, safaris, the sea, or incredible parks. You could visit Abu Dhabi in a couple of days, alternating your vacation with Dubai. Or, dedicate 4 or more days to it.


Abu Dhabi Corniche – Skyline-

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You could start visiting Abu Dhabi, starting, perhaps, from Corniche Beach . The ideal way to start your holiday in complete relaxation, eliminating the stress of travel.

This long stretch of beach extends over Corniche Road, with a crystal blue sea that has earned it the blue flag. On weekends, Corniche Beach is full of people: some sources report that at least 40,000 people flock to this beach during the high season.
Relax by renting chairs and umbrellas. There is a security service on the beach.

Corniche, is the Abu Dhabi seafront that runs along the public beach, complete with a cycle path. When time permits, this is the site of the Abu Dhabi scrap.Here, you will find joggers, families with children, workers enjoying the day off, tourists, cyclists, and others.

For lunch, we recommend eating in the area.the proposals, of course, are not lacking.

To smooth the fatigues of the journey, a walk along the Abu Dhabi Marina is ideal.With the skyline as a backdrop, you will find yourself immersed in a magical atmosphere.Rodeo Grill restaurant, located right in the center, 2 steps from the Khalifa residential complex B. This elegant and refined restaurant is great for enjoying grilled meat from all over the planet.You can eat Australian meat, Kobe, Danish, Black Angus.Everything is prepared before your eyes, with attentive service.Prices are not modest, but compared to quality, they are right.


Emirates-Palace - Visit Abu Dhabi

>We hope that the King Size bed in your room was a great companion on the first night …

On the beach, or in the pool.Start your day with a nice restorative bath, and lots of sunshine.Al Bateen Beach is located in the western part of the island on which stands Abu Dhabi city, just outside the center, and is about 800 meters long.

The sand is fine and light in color, the view is more open, compared to Corniche, with the island of Hodariyat on the horizon, connected to the city by the characteristic bridge.Al Bateen beach was awarded the Blue Flag in 2012.

The beach is supervised by lifeguards and security service agents; in the immediate vicinity there is the tourist police office.
There are also distributors of bottles of water, drinks and snacks and a bar, where you can have a snack or drink (water, fruit juices or canned drinks, all strictly non-alcoholic), and a kiosk.

Kanoa recommends, in the afternoon, to visit, what some (wrongly, of course) call the “Versailles of the Middle East”, ie Emirates Palace.

Built as a representative building of the Arab Emirates, it welcomes heads of state visiting Abu Dhabi.The main building develops for one kilometer from wing to wing; the external areas extend over 100 hectares.

It is also one of the most amazing (and most expensive) seven-star hotels in the world, consisting of 114 domes, of which, the central one, 72.6 meters high. Gold, mother-of-pearl and crystals dominate the interiors; in the Palace there are more than 1000 chandeliers, the largest of which weighs 2.5 tons.

Do not miss the external path, with the gardens, the spectacular staircase and the 12 fountains with water games.

The internal route, on the other hand, is of a very high level with the Lobby (areas that make up the entrance) in a blaze of gold, Swarovski and marbles of 13 different colors … a luxury so exaggerated that it is not even envious…. awesome!!

Entrance to the common areas is free: you can sit at the Gran Le Cafè , to enjoy an espresso or cappuccino with 24 carat edible gold flakes, at a cost of €11.

You can arrive at the Emirates Palace by taxi or by Bus 06 going towards Ras Al Akhdhar, Corniche Street / Ladies Club.



The Ferrari World is the first Ferrari theme park, as well as the biggest attraction of its kind in the world. The park tells the story of Ferrari, with passion and enthusiasm, through more than 20 exciting and instructive attractions, interactive shopping and authentic Italian gastronomic experiences.

Under its huge red roof, as shown in the photo, you will find Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world, with a speed of 240 km per hour; Galleria Ferrari, with a fantastic Ferrari world gallery, outside Maranello and an interactive exhibition of cars, from 1947 to the present; Speed ​​of Magic, a fantastic 4-D adventure, through jungles, frozen caverns and ravines to the crater of a volcano. Truly an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Open every day from 11.00am to 8.00pm. You can buy your tickets at any time, without commission, for 85$. Children under 3 enter free.

Take yourself to the commercial heart of Abu Dhab; Kanoa recommends, as a worthy conclusion to the evening, an effective dinner at the Stratos restaurant.

The reservation is required in this splendid restaurant, located on the top floor of the Hotel Le Royal Meridien, and placed on a revolving platform that allows you to enjoy the 360 degree panorama of Abu Dhabi.

The interior is very nice, the furniture is very nice and the staff is very attentive to your every request; the chef interacts with the guests presenting “expertly” cooked dishes, for sure it is an evening that you will hardly forget … after a certain time the room turns into an elegant Lounge Bar. Know, however, that the prices are high, but also the quality it is. Here you will be pampered by the splendid view of the Emirate.


Photo ©, Studio Sarah Lou The island of Yas can be reached by taxi in about 30 minutes. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing half-day on the beach of Yas Beach , much more private than the others. The beach is mostly intended for guests of the homonymous hotel and residents, but is accessible to all for a fee. Equipped cabins, crystal clear water, an outdoor gym and non-motorized speed water sports, such as sailing, kayaking … nothing is missing here!

On weekends, a DJ entertains beach guests with Chill Out music; there are also a couple of Beach Bars that offer alcohol, and you can have lunch on the beach, eating fish or special salads, under the cool gazebo, admiring the view…

Access to the beach is free for hotel guests. For non-guests, the price is AED 50 Monday through Friday, and AED 100 on weekends and holidays. Children under 12 do not pay.

Hours: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm during the week and 10.00 am to 10.00 pm at the weekend

For the afternoon, we recommend doing a trip to the Suk, to immerse yourself in the everyday life of the Arab Emirates. Maybe, trying to make a deal. You never know …!

The Abu Dhabi Suks deserve a visit for their lively atmosphere, the variety of goods available and to observe, more closely, local culture and traditions.

The Sul are concentrated, mainly, in the center, in the port area.

The Fish Souk at Mina Zayed , near the port of Abu Dhabi, is ideal for enjoying a fascinating insight into the traditional way of doing business.

Beyond the road that leads to the souk of fish, Al Mina ‘s vegetable and fruit souk is full of colors, as each vendor exposes his products, which can be bought by the kilo or in packaging.

Even if you don’t have to buy anything, don’t worry: the market, in fact, offers excellent views for those who love taking photographs.

The Suk of the carpets of Abu Dhabi is of notable interest: here, the Yemenite mattresses and the machined carpets are the authentic protagonists; always here, you can also find good opportunities. Some shops sell majlis-style Arab cushions, at reasonable prices for a while; the souk is located on Mina Road, near the main area of ​​the Abu Dhabi port.

Known as the central or old suk, the Al Ain Suk is the ideal place to explore and savor the authentic atmosphere of the place and test your bargaining skills.

The suk is quite old, but it is certainly more picturesque than many modern air-conditioned markets that you will find elsewhere; for us, it is a Suk not to be missed for those who decide to visit Abu Dhabi.

For the evening, we recommend the Zyara Cafe , located near the Hilton Corniche; this cafe restaurant offers excellent Middle Eastern specialties. Its strengths, in addition to food, are the incomparable view of the Abu Dhabi corniche, the qualified staff and the average prices; don’t miss their lemonade and excellent spicy chicken dishes.


Zayed Abu Dhabi

Kanoa’s advice is always to relax in the crystal clear waters of the Abu Dhabi Marina; ideal for fighting the heat of the Middle East.

For lunch we can recommend an informal lunch from Zaatar w Zeit. It is a Lebanese fast-food chain, which, however, serves fresh ingredients, offers salads, eggs and much more at reasonable prices; alternatively, just behind the beach, there are numerous restaurants, also open for lunch. In our opinion, the ideal would be to choose one for the evening.

We always recommend a refresh in the hotel before the next visit which will take away all afternoon: the Great Mosque of Sheikh Zayed.

An unmissable destination, not only for Muslims but for any visitor who wants to visit Abu Dhabi. You can admire, among other things, the largest hand-knotted rug in the world! The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the largest chandeliers on the planet, 10 meters in diameter, 15 meters high and weighs over 9 tons.

The first ceremony of the mosque was the funeral of Sheikh Zayed, whose body was buried in this place.

The beauty of this Mosque will capture you. Here, white and gold dominate; around, pools that amplify the magnificence, and, in the evening, a unique lighting system that reflects the moon phase.

Opening times during Ramadan: During the holy month of Ramadan, this mosque is open every day except Friday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with last entry at 1:30 pm.

Opening times: Opening hours: 09.00 – 22.00 (last entry at 9.30pm) from Saturday to Thursday and 4.30pm – 10.00pm on Friday. Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to visitors every day except Friday mornings, when admission is allowed only to the faithful.

Women must wear the abbaya that is provided at the entrance.

How to get there: Kanoa recommends taxi; from the Abu Dhabi Mall , it is about 25 minutes by car.

After this intense day what you need is a great dinner, if you are a little tired of spicy foods and you miss Italy we recommend SPACCANAPOLI: here you will find an excellent pizza, even by the meter. Alternatively, they offer Italian dishes such as lasagna, pasta with pesto, combinations of meats and cheeses. It is located in Sheikh Hamdan St. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi.

To close the evening, head to the Jazz Bar. Much appreciated by fans of Jazz music, this sophisticated venue, in Art Deco style, offers music until late at night; is located inside the Hilton on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.


Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi

And here we are at the last stop to visit Abu Dhabi. Probably your journey comes to an end. First, however, we recommend having breakfast at the Etihad Tower, a technological jewel, imposing and luxurious.

Located on the 74th floor of Tower 2 of the Etihad Towers, the Observation Deck at 300 (the number stands for meters high) offers unsurpassed views of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape and neighboring islands.

Admission for visitors costs 95 AED (25€), of which 50 AED (about 13€) can be redeemed in the venue as a voucher for food and drinks; Business casual attire is also required.

Opening hours: every day from 12 to 20.

Do you still have time to visit Abu Dhabi? In this case, without delay, treat yourself to a fantastic Desert Safari with barbecue, camel ride and sandboarding. An absolutely suggestive way to end your holiday in the best possible way. A 4 × 4 trip, waiting for the sunset, and riding on the back of a camel.

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