Abu Dhabi is not just known for its shopping centres and luxury attractions but it is also a great place to find out more about the nation’s traditions. There are a lot of great places to visit in this industrious city. If you are visiting this big part of the emirates, here are some places you can consider:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Opened in 2007 after nearly 20 years of construction, this mosque can hold about 40,000 worshippers making it the biggest mosque in the city. Don’t worry if you are non-Muslim as you will still be able to enjoy all areas of this modern mosque that is designed with Mameluke, Ottoman, and Fatimid elements.
Visit in the morning and join the Abu Dhabi Morning Tour to know the city even more. The four hour tour includes the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the bustling markets and fishing harbor of Al Mina, and the heritage village.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an amazing and unique museum. It displays a diverse and wealthy art and provides a history of humanity’s artistic achievements. From ancient Egyptian statuary to Picasso’s famous paintings, they have it all.
If you are a thrill seeker, visiting this theme park will complete your trip. Meant not just for the adventurous but also for families. Kids can ride the Junior GT track while adrenaline junkies can ride the Flying Aces roller coaster.
This branded theme park also holds a large collection of Ferrari cars that goes back to 1947. They also provide a tour around the factory and Ferrari knowledge game show for Ferrari enthusiasts.
If you are travelling on your own, here are some ways to make your travelling pleasant and fun.
Taking photographs when travelling alone should be one of your missions. Even if it is just snapping strange places give structure to what happens to your day. Your friends back home will appreciate your shots and the story that goes with it.
You might be tempted to just eat on fast food just to avoid large crowds. But don’t. Fancy restaurants are fantastic places to dine on your own. Waiters are happy to serve solo travellers and may even provide you with a special dish.
If you are afraid to go bar hopping on your own, you may want to just start your day early instead. Wake up early and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Then go to parks, museums and other daytime only activities to enjoy a fun day.
Use Facebook and Twitter to take local friends of friends out for dinner. Find your people and you will be surprised how many people will take you up on it. Everyone likes a tour guide especially at night so they may bring you to a local club or even to a local football game, just make sure that you are also interested in the location.
Don’t just bury yourself in a book
It is easy to be bored by travelling alone and then bury yourself in a novel to escape the curious stare of people while eating alone in a restaurant or when you are in a public transport. But travelling alone means you also have the change to take a better look at your surroundings, make friends with locals and even travellers. Be confident to be on your own and introduce yourself to people when you feel you want to be more sociable.
Why should you travel when you can just be contented right where you are? Actually, most of us love to travel the world. If we are given a chance to explore without any worries, most of us would jump at the chance to see this beautiful earth and all its glory.
If you are thinking of travelling but just unsure if you should, here are reasons why you should go:
Travel makes you a different person
Meeting new people, seeing the culture of a different country, knowing that there is a different part of this earth that is totally different from what you are used to can change you. And, in most cases, for the better!
Lets you know a new skill you never knew you had
Sometimes it is only when you are far from home and is presented with different obstacles that you realise that you have a set of skills you have never used. It is only when we travel that these skills come to surface which will make us proud and happy in the process.
Lets you learn a new language
It is really satisfying when you understand a couple of the words the locals are saying and you throwing a few words back. Then when you get back home, you have a sense of pride as you understand what language someone is saying just because you have already been in their country.
A world of adventure
When you travel, you enter a world of new adventure. Experience navigating the maze-like streets of Paris, or why not zip-lining over in the jungles of Peru. The adventure is limitless.
You don’t actually need to be rich to travel a lot. However, most people think they need a lot of budgets to enjoy a good vacation. But with a good bit of planning, you can actually go to the places you really love to visit.
Here are some ways you can travel even if you have a tight budget:
Plan ahead of time
Everything gets expensive the longer you make your plans wait. You may miss out on a good plane ticket deal, hotel reservation or cruise packages if you just keep on looking for them but you are not even booking it. So plan your destination and start scouting for good deals. Once you find the perfect one for you, don’t hesitate to book it.
Travel during the off-season
Sticking to off-peak times can seriously cut the cost of your travelling expenses in half. Planning your trip during the off-season can save you more money which will allow you to spend more during your trip. Avoid booking during major holidays, spring and summer breaks.
Watch out for flight price changes
If you are planning a trip in advance, better get price alert through Skyscanner. This will let you monitor if the prices for tickets are going up and down and you can decide easily if you will be getting a ticket or wait a bit more for the price changed.
Don’t bring that bulky suitcase
Some airlines charge an extra when you check a bag. So if you do not want to pay for that extra, just leave that bulky suitcase at home. Also, a large luggage can be troublesome especially if you are travelling to many different locations.