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A Complete Travel Guide to Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is the quintessential capital city of the United Arab Emirates which may not be as glitzy and glamorous as its neighbouring star city Dubai, but a great place to spend your vacation. Built on an island in the Arabian Sea, it has grown from being a simple fishing village to a lavish metropolis with dazzling architecture, grand hotels, posh and plush restaurants and shopping malls. Though many of them who travel to Abu Dhabi may find it to be quite mellow, it is best suited for the travellers enjoy exploring Emirati culture.

When to visit Abu Dhabi

Travellers who wish to avoid the excessive heat of Abu Dhabi may visit in the months between November and February. Which means that this is the peak tourist season and therefore booking your tickets in advance is recommended. Or to avoid the inflated rates, you can rely on OTA platforms such as Cleartrip which lets you ‘Set up fare alerts’ where you can get notified whenever there is a drop in the flight ticket rates you’re searching for. It’s that simple.

What to see

There are plenty of attractions in Abu Dhabi to check out, just don’t expect it to be as happening as Dubai.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

It is famously called the “Grand Mosque” for its stunning architecture and calm atmosphere. It is huge and beautiful, it can accommodate a minimum of 40,000 folks inside. It has the worlds largest carpet and a chandelier covered with Swarovski crystals. It cost almost half a billion to build. Entry is free for tourists but certain rules need to be followed like the dressing needs to be appropriate; women are given abaya to wear and apart from that the clothing should be non-revealing. There is Wahat al Karama Park which is across the mosque where you have a beautiful view of the mosque. It looks even more heavenly by sunset.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

It is located on Saadiyat Island which is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi. The building itself is a stunning masterpiece which holds 23 galleries with over 600 works of art. It is considered as the Dreamland of art and architecture. The most photographed artwork is Jacques-Loius David’s painting of Napoleon crossing the Alps. The entrance cost you 63 Dirhams.

Yas Island

It is a 30-minute drive from the metropolitan part of Abu Dhabi and has a plethora of things to do and enjoy. There are many theme parks like Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Warner brothers world to cater to your enthusiasm and entertainment. Ferrari world has the fastest rollercoaster and Warner Brothers World has the world’s largest indoor theme park. There is also a mall named Yas mall which holds a fun event called the Formula One taking place in November every year.

The Eastern Mangroves

If exploring nature is your thing then you’ll absolutely love it here. The mangrove forest is deeply alluring with plenty of marine life. You can also enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking here; it would cost you roughly 140 dirhams. If you want to explore and try on other water sports you hit the beaches in Abu Dhabi like the Saadiyat beach and Yas Beach.

Corniche

It is the most popular part of Abu Dhabi. Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy some good family time at the beachfront. It is an 8 km stretch with several restaurants and cafés you can stop by with delightful cuisines to explore. There are also many skate parks and play parks for kids to enjoy.

How to get there

The Abu Dhabi International Airport is the Airport which is located in the city and has frequent flights covering every destination in the world. For visas, the UAE has started providing e-visas for tourists to help people skip the tedious physical procedure. Cleartrip helps you with your e-visas and gets your job done in just 5-7 business days. It’s that simple and easy. Among the airlines, Airblue Airlines can be considered as a great option for its world-class services available at nominal prices. You can manage your Airblue Airlines booking online on Cleartrip and make your travel booking simply flawless. Cleartrip has a neat interface with the super-fast loading speed, both on its website and the mobile app. You can avail A-Z information regarding your flight and compare and book with the best prices. The entire booking can be done in no time, it’s super quick in its job. The payment system is also sorted on Cleartrip where you can save multiple cards for future use. To summarize, booking your tickets to Abu Dhabi on Cleartrip is just a cakewalk.

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