Many people think Dubai is the capital city of the UAE, and those people are in fact wrong. In fact, Abu Dhabi is. After being in a bit of a bad mindset, and missing home, I thought it would be good to try and get off-site at some point during my three day weekend. However, there were two issues; one I don’t have access to a car and Abu Dhabi is a three-hour drive away, and secondly, we were due to get BAD rain over my three days off. A wonderful friend at work, offered for me to borrow his car for the day, and the rain wasn’t supposed to be the worst on the Thursday, so Zya and I went on a day trip to the capital. We left at 8.30am and got back to the site at 1.30am, so we had a busy day. Here’s a little travel guide of our day in Abu Dhabi. I want to write more detailed blog posts on some of the places we visited and things we did, but first, let’s start with an overview of our day trip. On our way to Abu Dhabi, we took a slight detour to the Last Exit. The Last Exit is a themed food truck concept in Dubai, it’s super cool. We grabbed some food and had a walk around, before heading off to Abu Dhabi. What we didn’t realise is that there are two sides to the Last Exit. We went to the quieter side, but the whole concept is unique and quirky.
After visiting Oman late last year and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, we knew we wanted to visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during our time in Abu Dhabi. I was looking forward to seeing the similarities and differences between these two mosques we’d visited. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is on another level. It is the largest mosque in the country, and one of the largest in the world, as it can hold a capacity of 40,000 worshippers and visitors. The spectacular onion-top domes, reflective pools within the courtyard and the iconic prayer hall, are all just captivating. I’d definitely recommend a visit.One thing that surprised me, but at the same time didn’t surprise me knowing the advancement of the UAE, is that there is a mall under the mosque. This modern aspect of the traditional looking building, is so comparable when looking at the mosque in Oman. Anyhow, we did a bit of shopping and another food stop. I couldn’t help but follow the scent of cinnamon to Cinnabon. Zya, being a North American, said they’re so good so I had to try one. I opted for a classic one, and wow these are so good. It’s making me want another one just typing about it.
We then jumped back into the car to Abu Dhabi corniche. We wandered down the beachfront and stopped for another North American treat, a Tim Hortons. Our roommate back at site lives in Abu Dhabi and recommended hiring one of the electric scooters. This was SO much fun. Your first ten minutes are free, then it’s 1aed per minute. We scooted around to the Marina Mall, and did a bit of shopping before scooting back to the car.
On our drive back to site the rain hit pretty bad, but we wanted to stop at Global Village on our way back. It was a rainy visit but very much worth it. Global Village, is an attraction that combines cultures of 90 countries across the world in one place, with shops, performances and food stalls representing countries from all across the globe. We ate so much food, and it was a wonderful way to end our day.
Obviously, this post has been pretty vague, but like I said I want to write more detailed posts on each of the places we visited. I wanted to show how much you can get done in one day. Abu Dhabi was so lovely, and I much prefer it to Dubai, so definitely pay a visit if you’re ever in the UAE.
Have you read my last post? – 22 Things I’ve Achieved in 22 Years