The 5 Best Neighbourhoods in Abu Dhabi for Tourists & Business Trip
It is one of the best neighbourhoods tourists visiting Abu Dhabi for the first time should stay. Abu Dhabi has indeed transformed over the years, evident by the unique sculpted topiary and glass skyscrapers towering the town.
However, if you want to get a feel of what the city was like before the rapid development visit Downtown, Abu Dhabi. Your first stop should be at the Qasr Al Hosn Fort, the oldest structure in the city’s town. The forte was once the nation’s capital and the central economic hub from 1760. It has since been dwarfed by the towers but still provides a bit of history about Abu Dhabi City.
Downtown is one of the most vibrant places in the city thanks to numerous city shops, malls, restaurants, cultural activities, to name a few. It is this vibrancy that causes many tourists to throng here. Also, its proximity to other popular areas like Corniche (a five-minute walk), Urban Park, and the scenic Lake Park makes it a pretty great neighbourhood to stay.
If you are all about tickling your taste buds, a visit to one of the five famous restaurants in the area will have you beckoning for more. The Fifth Street Café is one such area with a relaxed, multipurpose eatery ideal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, if looking to taste a bit of Arabic cuisine, visit Abu Shakra Restaurant & Grill. The restaurant has a full menu of different Arabic delicacies.
This artificial island is located a few minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. This proximity to the city’s airport is what makes Yas Island home to a cluster of high-end hotels that have access to Yas Beach. The area boasts many family-attuned entertainment venues, including Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World.
Ferrari World has become a leading tourist attraction in the Middle East as it has the fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa. Yas Waterpark, on the other hand, has more than 40 attractions, including a suspended roller coaster. It is divided into four areas to cater to varying tourist preferences.
What’s more, the park has a water cinema that displays a 12-minute film in 5D. Warner Bros also opened a theme park in 2018, which has up to six different theme lands. If you a sports enthusiast, you will love Yas Marina Circuit, which is tailored to host different motorsports.
Tourists can hop into any of the five large stands to watch the drivers showcase their sporting prowess. Each stand accommodates more than 40,000 people. Due to a large number of tourists visiting Yas Island, there is no shortage of accommodation.
Stretching over a nine-kilometer area of land, the beach was extended after successful reclamation from the sea. This paradise of blue sea has a stunning skyline as its backdrop, making it the most scenic place to visit in Abu Dhabi.
The recreational activities along Corniche’s promenade make this area extremely appealing for tourists traveling with kids. Its beautiful beaches also provide a beautiful place for you to relax thanks to the numerous sunbeds and umbrellas available for rent.
The bike-share station provides a great way to explore the vast promenade. If you don’t like cycling, take a stroll on one of the many paths. Both paths lead you to Corniche’s stunning garden with its beautiful fountains and flawless landscaping.
Corniche is abuzz during the night. This is because locals prefer coming out at night to avoid the hot sun during the day. A visit to one of the many shisha cafes, and you get to indulge in a bit of the town’s local culture.
If traveling with kids, you don’t have to worry about entertaining them; the beach has play areas for young and older kids. The volleyball courts and skateboard parks should keep them busy. And if you are worried about your safety, you don’t have to. The beach has lifeguards manning the area round-the-clock.
Want to indulge in a bit of Arabic culture? Visit Saadiyat Island. The beach resort has museums, clubs, beaches, and lots of other exciting venues to explore. Saadiyat Cultural District notably boasts aesthetic expressions of different civilizations and cultures.
Museums like the Zayed National Museum and Louvre are found on this island. At Zayed National Museum you get to travel back in time to witness the transformation UAE has gone through over the years. Also, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi cultural attraction is in the offing and is expected to showcase global contemporary culture.
Its beach combines luxury, exclusivity, and tranquility in one place. You get to engage in a range of fun activities, including beach yoga classes, sailing, and windsurfing.
If you are a golf enthusiast, visit Saadiyat’s Beach Golf Club. This 72-par golf course has tee boxes for professionals and amateurs. Pros can play within a 7784-yard area while beginners can make the first stroke within a 5290-yard area.
The island also has a designated wildlife area for keeping Hawksbill Turtles. The area has an elevated boardwalk that prevents tourists from disturbing the turtles. Apart from the high-end hotels, Saadiyat Island has a good selection of rental apartments for weekend getaways.
5. Desert of Abu Dhabi
Your stay isn’t complete without visiting Abu Dhabi’s vast desert area. The Empty Quarter is particularly noticeable due to its large sand mass, believed to be the same size as France. Arrange for a day, afternoon, or night trip to Abu Dhabi’s desert to explore the glittering golden sands while witnessing the bright sunrise.
The first place you want to explore during your trip is Rub Al Khali. Also known as the Empty Quarter, the area makes up to two-thirds of the desert. It boasts dramatic landscapes and has an oasis with a vast palm plantation. The Empty Quarter is also the gateway to the massive expanse of the uninterrupted sand mass called Rub Al Khali. This area has stunning landscapes and large sand dunes that will take your breath away.
Your next stop should be at Al Khaznah, which is tucked in between Al Ain oasis and Abu Dhabi city. The area also boasts massive dunes and incredibly long sand valley that beckon you to engage into fun activities like quad biking, dune bashing, and sandboarding.
A morning trip into the desert will have you enjoying the golden land under the shining sun while an evening trip provides an authentic feel of the desert environment. Most tourists prefer camping under the desert sky but if looking for more formal accommodation, here are some places to consider.