Up the Ante in Abu Dhabi:

17/02/2015 | Published 3 months ago

Abu Dhabi is a city of contrasts that will have you going back time and time again. Whether it’s heading out on a desert safari, enjoying a luxurious high tea or learning about Bedouin culture, here’s our top picks for enjoying 72 hours in Abu Dhabi.


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DAY ONE

FALCON HOSPITAL

The Falcon Hospital offers the chance to learn about the world of falconry, from its history through to modern times. The hospital is the largest and most advanced falcon hospital in the world. Recently awarded the Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award at the 2014 World Travel Awards, the hospital now caters for over 9,000 falcons a year. You can tour the hospital, visit the wards where the falcons are kept, explore the museum or try your hand at falconry, plus, find out why falcons have passports to travel around the Middle East.
 

DESERT DINNER EXPERIENCE

Late in the afternoon, leave the city behind and head out in 4x4 vehicles for a rollercoaster ride over the sand dunes and into the heart of the desert where a Bedouin style camp is waiting for an Arabic feast under the stars. Your feast includes a selection of Arabic mezze, grilled meats, and an aromatic shisha. The mysterious desert is the perfect setting for a magical and memorable evening.

Our Off Road Arabia trip takes you to the Falcon Hospital before heading off road into the deserts of Abu Dhabi and Oman. 

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DAY TWO

SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

No visit to Abu Dhabi is complete without seeing the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The third largest mosque in the world is an architectural marvel and a building of superlatives; home to the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet; the main prayer hall houses one of the world’s largest chandeliers which is 10 metres in diameter and 15 metres high; the building is covered by 82 domes, and is able to accommodate 41,000 worshippers at any one time.
 

AL AIN

Only one and a half hours from the city of Abu Dhabi and one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited sites, Al Ain is an intriguing mix of old and new. Picturesque forts and the renowned museum sit alongside Wadi Adventure, home to the world’s largest man-made surf wave and longest kayaking channel. Al Ain is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Abu Dhabi’s history and Bedouin culture. Along with the Al Ain Museum, you’ll find the Al Ain oasis, a 3,000 year old falaj irrigation system and one of the last remaining camel markets.

Stop at the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and spend time in the charming desert oasis of Al Ain on our Discover the Emirates trip.

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DAY THREE

HERITAGE VILLAGE

A glimpse into Abu Dhabi’s traditional past can be found at the Heritage Village. A reconstruction of a traditional oasis village, craftsmen and women demonstrate their traditional skills including metal work, pottery, weaving and spinning and, to let you in on a little secret, the village also has amazing views back to the city.
 

HIGH TEA AT EMIRATES PALACE

For your chance to experience seven-star luxury without breaking the bank, the spectacular Emirates Palace Hotel offers a high tea experience like no other. Offering an Arabic take on the traditional afternoon tea, enjoy a selection of Arabic pastries and scones with pistachio clotted cream.
 

ABU DHABI FROM ABOVE

High up on the 74th floor of the Eithad Towers complex sits the Observation Deck at 300, the highest vantage point in the city with views of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape and islands. Head up in time to see the sun start to set on the horizon.

Combine the best of the city and the desert with our Yas Island & Desert Camp tour that spends four nights on Yas Island and a night at a desert camp, sleeping in a comfortable tent under the stars.

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