The United Arab Emirates is a country of wealth, opulence and sophistication. From high-end restaurants to shopping and stunning architecture, Abu Dhabi is a wonderful place to explore for an afternoon or a few days. While returning from the Maldives to the USA, we had the opportunity to spend 23 hours on a dayover in Abu Dhabi.
Dayover in Abu Dhabi Must Do’s
Tour Abu Dhabi
The easiest way to tour the city is via sightseeing bus. We hopped on early in the morning and got a nice overview of the city while making stops at the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Yas Marina Formula 1 racetrack, and Marina Shopping Mall. There is some traffic, but the buses do a nice job of sharing country history and showcasing the highlights of the city.
Marvel at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
First things first, you’ll want to follow the signs to the changing area and don the appropriate robes for visiting the mosque. Then you’ll be ready to head inside to see the stunning architecture and ornate gold and marble detailing of the Grand Mosque. The white stone glows against the crystal blue sky making the entire compound shine.
Explore the Emirates Palace
Splurge on Tea Time
You can’t visit the Emirates palace without consuming some gold. The cappuccino and pastries are topped artfully with gold flakes.
Check out the World’s First Gold Bar ATM
Didn’t get your fill of gold from eating it? Why not buy a gold brick to take home?
Have Dinner at Hakkasan
Guess what! Many of the cocktails, entrees, and desserts at Hakkasan restaurant also feature gold flakes! Your blood will literally feel rich after an evening of indulgence inside the Emirates palace!
Dayover in Abu Dhabi – Where to Stay
Jumeirah Etihad Towers
The Jumeirah Etihad Towers are located in the heart of the city with beautiful views of the Emirates Palace and the city. The high-tech hotel rooms are stunning and comfortable with service to match.
Dayover in Abu Dhabi Tips
- Dress for success. You cannot even enter the Emirates Palace plaza without nice clothing and shoes. They take the dress code seriously in Abu Dhabi.
- When flying Etihad, it may be possible to get free chauffeur service into the city for your dayover in Abu Dhabi. Check out their website for details.
Have a long layover in another city? Check out my other dayover recommendations!