Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates is as impressive as it is unique. Enjoy touring this jewel of the middle east with your family and take your children on this day that explores history, architecture and includes a chance for a luxurious tea service and some shopping.
A Special Note on Weather:
The joke in the UAE goes that there are two types of temperatures: The hot season and the very hot season. The most pleasant time of year to visit is in October- April, as their winter temperatures generally fluctuate between the low 60’s and low 80’s Fahrenheit. In the summer (June-September) temperatures can be extremely high well at be well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not unheard of to see temperatures go all the way up to 120 or even 130 degrees, with high humidity. Please note this when planning your trip.
Address: near Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi city
Phone: +971 2 681 4455
Hours: Saturday – Thursday 9 AM – 5PM, Friday 3:30 PM – 9 PM
Admission: Free of Charge
Start your journey into the emirates with a glimpse into its history. This open air museum faithfully recreates a desert oasis village, complete with campfire, tents made from goat’s hair and a a falaj irrigation system. Let this living exhibition take you inside the life of traditional nomadic peoples like the Bedouins. Craftsmen will demonstrate traditional skills and techniques and may offer children a chance to join in activities such as weaving, metal work or pottery. Also on the premises is a famed spice shop selling herbs, handmade soaps and other simple but impressive goods.
Address: West Corniche Road , Abu Dhabi
Phone: +971 2 690 9000
Hours: The hotel is always open, consult website for restaurant and cafe hours. After close of business non-guests may be denied entrance.
Admission: Free of charge (including art exhibits). However to eat/drink there can get quite pricey.
NOTE: There is dress code at Emirates Palace and visitors are asked not to wear shorts and/or “revealing tops.”
This impressive conference center and hotel is an outstanding example of the best of local architecture. Besides commanding views and sweeping gardens, the facility houses a number of shops and restaurants, as well as a famed afternoon tea service in the lobby cafe. Access to the public is limited but there is still a good amount to see and do here, including occasional art exhibits, which are free. Advanced bookings are advised for tea as it does fill up, however the cafe has an impressive array of beverages and cakes that can be purchased ala carte for a quicker (and less expensive) experience. Another reason to book tea service is that on some days tourists will be questioned on their reasons for visiting. Without a restaurant or tea reservation there is a chance of being denied entry, especially on Fridays and days when government functions are held.
Address: Sheikh Rashid Road (2nd St.), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 2 4191919
Hours: Saturday – Thursday 9 AM – 10 PM, Friday 4:30 PM – 11 PM
Admission: Free of Charge
This key center for worship is actually a recent construction as opposed to a historic site. Finished in 2007, this mosque occupies more than 30 acres and offers impressive examples of Mughal and Moorish architecture. Come see an incredible amount of white marble, gorgeous fountains and the spectacle of the world’s largest carpet. Groups of 8 and under are welcome to self guide themselves and photography is permitted. Larger groups will be tacked onto a free guided tour and leave at the next available time. Women need to cover their ankles and wear a scarf on their heads, however if your attire does not satisfy these qualifiers you will be provided with loaner clothing with which to cover yourself before entering the mosque.