A long weekend means more time to rest from our daily jobs. But for us, it’s an enough time to explore another city of the UAE – Abu Dhabi! In celebration of Eid Al Adha, UAE provided a 3 day holiday for the private sector last September 11 -13, 2016. My husband and I decided to visit a friend in the UAE’s capital. We’ve been in Abu Dhabi countless time but we never really discover the city’s main sights. And if you found yourself in the wealthy Emirate, the below 3 day itinerary can be used as a guide to spend your time wisely.3 Day Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

Tips:

  • Start early morning when the sun is still bearable
  • It’s good to have your own car if visiting during summer months but if not available, you can easily rent a car here.
  • Wear sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and breathable but long clothes.
  • Dress modestly and respect the Muslim country

3 Day Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

Day 1

Corniche beach

Ideal time of visit: 8 – 9
Cost: Free

Take a stroll down in this famous Corniche. The Corniche stretch along the sea is the best place to take in the view of Abu Dhabi skyline. All along the Corniche you will also pass by some parks and gardens. The beach is a gorgeous public beach. A fee of AED10 is applied if you opt for family and women access only. Showers, lounge chairs and umbrellas are available at the paid beach. Certainly, a refreshing place away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Emirates Palace

Ideal time of visit: Opening time at 10 am
Cost: AED 100 (free for visitors with restaurant reservations)

Emirates Palace is probably one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, or at least one of the most expensive. The whole hotel is spotless and words really can’t describe how pristine and perfect the whole place is. Everything you would expect from a 7 star venue. Feel free to stay longer visiting the public areas and tasting their famous 24-Carat Gold Cappuccino! It’s worth noting that no shorts (for men) and slippers are allowed. So to enter the palace for free, just inform the security guards that you have a restaurant reservation :p

Read More: Daytrip to Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi

emirates-palace

Heritage Village

Ideal time of visit: 2 – 4
Cost: Free

Heritage Village of Abu Dhabi is a cultural attraction, a re-creation of an Emirati village and showcases the Bedouin lifestyle according to Your Abu Dhabi Guide website. This renovated village gives an understanding into the pre-oil era in the UAE, a time that is still in evidence in many parts of the Arabian Peninsula up to this day. Please note that it is close during Eid holidays, lucky us 🙁

Grand Mosque

Ideal time of visit: 5pm
Cost: Free

Perhaps, the most impressive among all other mosque I’ve seen in the UAE and Istanbul is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Said to be the largest mosque in the UAE and the 3rd largest in the whole world. The credit for the 1st and 2nd place goes to Saudi Arabia. It is known for its predominantly white color – symbolizes purity and piety, which the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was fond of. Ideal time to visit is at 5-6 pm and catch a glimpse of golden hour, along with the perfect sunset. It’s also felt more cooler at that time.

Read More: A Tour inside Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque

3 Day Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

Day 2

Take photos early morning of unusual beautifully constructed buildings of the city like the Aldar Headquarters Building, Al Ittihad Towers and the Capital Gate Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi. Then around 4 PM head to Yas Waterworld and try Liwa Loop. While we haven’t gone to Yas Waterworld last holiday, I recommend including this huge water park in your visit to Abu Dhabi. But only during tolerable or cooler months from late September to April.
3 Day Abu Dhabi Travel Guide
round building al dar abu dhabi

Day 3

Drive along the amazing Sheikh Zayed Bridge that is said to be the most complex bridge ever built. Then head to Ferrari World and try Formula Rossa – world’s fastest rollercoaster.

Got more days?

If you have more days to stay then lucky you, you can visit the below attractions as you wish. We’ve been to desert safari and Al Ain zoo many years ago, certainly forgotten the experience we had as we haven’t documented it. Hoping to experience the sand dunes and see the sunset over the desert again.3 Day Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

  • Qasr Al Hosn oldest historic building of Abu Dhabi
  • Yas Island Marina Circuit
  • Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
  • Observation Deck at 300
  • Saadiyat Island
  • Al Ain Zoo
  • Desert Safari
  • Qasr Al Sarab
  • Al Hosn Palace or White Fort

Perhaps the best reason to visit Abu Dhabi is that it’s simply gorgeous. After constructions and more developments, the city is incredibly laid back – the thing I love most about the city. Certainly peaceful and quieter than Dubai I must say. Yes, there are far less tourist attractions here compared Dubai, but there are endless opportunities to soak up some rays, swim in the ocean, picnic and BBQ at the park, countless malls for shopping delights, drive out to the desert, classy hotels and restaurants, experience a lot of old traditions, arts and cultures. The UAE capital has its own unique beauty that attracts millions of visitors every year.3 Day Abu Dhabi Travel Guide