Things to do in Abu Dhabi – The Emirate You Mustn’t Miss Out On!

Boasting gigantic chopping centres, beautiful mosques, modern buildings and serene deserts, Abu Dhabi is the emirate that one shouldn’t miss when in UAE. Here are a few more things you can do when you’re here.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This architectural marvel is a grand welcome to the city. This grand building with over 80 marble domes and four 107m high minarets, any Abu Dhabi resort would recommend a visit to this mosque. As one of the two mosques open to non-Muslims in the UAE, visitors can admire in awe at one of the world’s largest chandeliers.

The corniche

This stretch makes up the horizontal part of the city’s ‘T’ shape. Nearly 5 miles long, this promenade is along the coast of Dhow Harbour, lined with some of the city’s most popular restaurants, hotels and shops. You can also enjoy a view of the city’s skyline from here.

 

Desert tours

There are plenty of desert safaris in Abu Dhabi, therefore depending on your schedule, you can arrange one for yourself accordingly. To those based at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, the hotel itself has a range of desert adventure options!

 

Shopaholics paradise

For all the shoppers, there is no shortage of high-end malls and other shopping venues. If you’re looking for a traditional experience, you can visit one of the many souks around the city or if your budget is on the higher end, plenty of malls cater to this requirement as well.

 

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Getting to know Abu Dhabi – A modern metropolis

A fast-moving city, Abu Dhabi has an abundance of activities. High-end shopping, theme parks, historical attractions and beach clubs make up your time in Abu Dhabi. Read on for more information!

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

To witness a modern architectural marvel that’ll leave you completely awe-struck, pay a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The mosque is free to visit, but in order to make your experience as educational as possible, you must join one of the daily tours. Inside of the mosque, you’ll find the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet! 10 minutes from Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, it’s a convenient stop!

 

Wahat Al Karama

In honour of the fallen soldiers of the United Arab Emirates, Wahat Al Karama is a war memorial. In order to learn more about this enormous architectural construction, book a tour in advance.

Garden City

A small distance from 5-star hotels in Abu Dhabi, to the south, you’ll come across a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Al Ain, also known as the ‘Garden City’. You can wander through the six Al Ain oases, and pay a visit to the Camel Market.

Desert Safaris

Abu Dhabi is the prime place for off-road safaris. If you enjoy adrenaline rushes and adventure, you must go on an off-road safari! You even have the chance to dine under the stars, ride a camel and try out sandboarding!

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A Piece of Europe in Sri Lanka – Galle Fort and Galle!

Galle is a city full of colour and vibrance. The city itself is small but sprawls across the southern coast. Even smaller is the famous Fort De Galle; the best-preserved colonial fort in Sri Lanka.

Galle Fort

Galle Fort | Image Credit : Saqib Qayyum, Galle fort view10, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Fort

The fort was constructed by the Dutch in 1663. Most of the original structures within the fort have been restored in a joint effort between the Dutch and Sri Lankan governments so it is like taking a trip back in time to Dutch colonial Ceylon.

A Diverse Community

There is a diverse community of artists, writers and photographers living here with about 400 of the houses being owned by foreigners. The fort contains churches, mosques and temples and has a community of various ethnicities and religions living in complete harmony with each other.

Getting There

If you are coming to the fort from any of the Galle hotels, it wouldn’t take you longer than 30 minutes’ drive. Within the fort, it is recommended that you walk. The entire circumference can be made within a couple of hours and it’s the best way to find hidden shops and secret cafés.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of options of staying in Galle with many luxury resorts like The Fortress Resort & Spa which is a hotel with that rustic colonial feel and ambience.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+