Abu Dhabi is steeped in rich heritage and boasts many impressive culture landmarks and museums, which all tell a story of the emirate’s history. Here’s a 3-day itinerary (or 4-day if you choose to stay overnight in Al Ain).
Day 1 - Start the day with a trip to Heritage Village located at the Marina Breakwater (See Heritage Sites & Museums). Here you can step back in time and experience the traditional Emirati way of life. For lunch, take a 20-minute taxi ride over the Maqta Bridge to the Souk at Al Qaryat Al Beri, where you'll find various cafés and restaurants. (While on the Maqta Bridge look left and see the 200-year-old Al Maqta Watchtower in the creek.) In the afternoon, visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a beautiful image of Islam (see Heritage Sights & Museums on page 22). Also, just across the road from the mosque is Wahat Al Karama, a
dramatic memorial to the UAE's fallen soldiers. Finish the day off with a refreshment at the Observation Deck at 300, at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and enjoy stunning views of Abu Dhabi from the 74th floor (see Unique Experiences).
Day 2 - Head out east to Al Ain. There is lots to do and see in Al Ain (see Al Ain on page 28) so set off early, or maybe stay over for a night to ensure you have time to take in the many
cultural sights which include forts, museums and gardens. If you do, we recommend the five-star Al Ain Rotana hotel.
Day 3 (or Day 4 if you stay in Al Ain overnight) - visit the magnificent new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum (see Heritage Sights & Museums on page 23). Take a Jalboot boat from the back of Abu Dhabi Mall and enjoy the sights of Abu Dhabi from the sea (see Sightseeing Tours on page 44) as you make your way there. With a Jalboot Tour, you can hop on and off at various stages and see famous landmarks, including the Emirates Palace and= Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is located on Saadiyat Island, a 15-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi.
Published on November 2017