Wednesday, 9 November 2016

5 Reasons to Visit Abu Dhabi

Two years ago I made it my mission to explore more of the world. I'm quite the home bird really - I didn't step foot on a plane until I was 14 and I jumped straight into a career after University so had to forgo my elaborate plans to book a one way ticket around the world. Instead, I plan my holidays around my busy work schedule and as some of you may know, I've recently returned from a luxury trip to Abu Dhabi. I was absolutely blown away by this beautiful place and these things are a must do if you're planning a trip:

1. Saadiyat Beach Club
The above image of paradise is pretty self explanatory but the Saadiyat Beach Club was by far my favourite experience. The equivalent of £40 pays for all day entry with use of the pool, beach, towels, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, gym and most importantly complimentary water (it's a must at 40 degrees!). The views were absolutely beautiful and I spent most of the day just wallowing in the pool. They don't allow too many people in to avoid overcrowding which creates such a relaxed, exclusive atmosphere and the staff ensure that you are treated like royalty.

2. Yas Island
Image of Yas Island Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer in the way of white, sandy beaches and crystal clear sea. I'm used to the brown sand and brown sea of Skegness so these breath-taking beaches were a whole different world. Any Formula One fans will probably be familiar with Yas Marina and Yas Island beach is situated not too far from there - it's tucked away in the corner of the Island so it feels pretty undiscovered. Although we didn't have time to visit, Yas Island is also home to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld if you're looking for some adrenalin fuelled fun too.

3. Emirates Palace
Image of Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
If you want to pretend you can afford £3, 000 per night for a hotel, then you may want to take a trip to Emirates Palace. It was one of the film locations for Fast and Furious 7 so I was hoping I'd bump into Vin Diesel at some point (didn't happen though). All jokes aside, this place is like a blogger's dream - gold and marble galore. We took a slow walk around inside to marvel at the beautiful interiors and strolled around the grounds to watch the fountains. You can also book Afternoon Tea here where all of the cakes are made with gold leaf (it's really that posh) it's expensive but it looked amazing if you fancy a little treat.

4. Trip to Dubai
Image of Trip to Dubai
Ok, technically this one is cheating a little bit because it's not in Abu Dhabi but I just had to include it. We took the opportunity to jump in a taxi and head to Dubai for the day while in the UAE - it only takes slightly over an hour to get there so definitely worth a visit. I was in my element in Dubai Mall - I've never been anywhere like it and I was completely overwhelmed. I have no idea how I managed to retain some self control and resisted the urge to spend every penny I had. I also managed to snap some stunning pictures of the Burj Khalifa and if you wish, for approx. £100 you can go all the way to the top for a 360 view of Dubai.

5. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Image of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
There are so many cultural aspects to enjoy in Abu Dhabi but the Grand Mosque was a real highlight for me. I'd recommend going at night to get the full effect with the lights but either way this place is incredible. Obviously it's essential that you cover up so you are given traditional robes (abaya) and a headscarf (shayla) and in some areas you will be asked to remove your shoes. Dress code really is something to bear in mind before you go because incorrect attire could mean you're not permitted entry. The architecture and intricate interiors were beyond stunning and it was just so peaceful - it's so important to me to experience at least a little of a country's culture when I'm on holiday if I possibly can.
 
I'd highly recommend visiting Abu Dhabi if you're looking for a relaxing, luxury holiday - it's so much better than I was expecting it to be. It's pretty expensive when you get there but it's definitely worth it!
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4 comments

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  2. I've never really considered Abu Dhabi as I always assumed it would be out of my price range. But hopefully one day! Thank you for your tips!
    Amy x

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  3. The palace looks stunning! Definitely convinced me with this haha
    Kathy x
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  4. Great article, love your sharing so much, thank you!

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