A Weekend Getaway- Abu Dhabi

By Halal Trip | 01, Jul, 2016
A Weekend Getaway- Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a beautiful city and the actual capital of the UAE. It is also the wealthiest emirate and comprises of a small island city off the coast and the emirate that surrounds it. The city has transformed remarkably from a small town to an international metropolis.

Here is an outline of places to visit if you are spending a weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Day 1: Itinerary

After Fajr: Early Morning to Mid- Day Destinations

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: A spectacular masjid with Italian mosaic and Persian carpets. Explore the complex comfortably. Takes about 2 hours.

Mushrif Khalifa Gardens: Lush and wonderful garden with several species of birds. Takes about 1-2 hours.

Afternoon: Afternoon to Evening Destinations

Abu Dhabi Mall: Has several luxury shops and department stores. The mall has several halal food shops and cafes. Takes about 3-4 hours.

Observation Deck,

Etihad Towers: On the 74th storey there is an observation deck from where you can get complete views of the city. Spend about an hour here.

Mosques: Hazza Bin Zayed Mosque, Indo-Islamic Centre, Gold Souk Mosque.

Evening: Evening Destinations.

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village: Features a number of stone buildings and a museum that depicts Bedouin culture. Takes about 2 hours.

Corniche: Take a walk along the Corniche which spans for approximately 3Km. Observe the skyscrapers and the sandy beaches. Takes about 2 hours.

Mosques: Al Bateen Mosque, Sheikh Khalifa Mosque.

Day 2: Itinerary

After Fajr: Early Morning to Mid- Day Destinations

Hot Air Balloon Ride: Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the sand dunes. Takes about 1-2 hours.

Corniche Beach: Visit the beach and enjoy some fun time with everyone. Takes about 2-3 hours.

Mosques: Al Bateen Mosque, Sheikh Khalifa Mosque.

Afternoon: Afternoon to Evening Destinations.

Gold Souk: Shop at the Madinat Zayed Gold Souk or along Hamdan Street. Beautiful jewellery designs. Takes about 2-3 hours.

Yas Island: Visit the F1 Grand Prix race track and then head to the Ferrari World.

Mosques: Al Wahda Mall Mosque, Gold Souk Mosque, Hazza Bin Zayed Mosque.

Evening: Evening Destinations.

Emirates National Auto Museum: Features a collection of over 200 cars belonging to HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. Takes about 2 hours.

Khalifa Complex: Good for souvenir shopping. Takes about 2-3 hours.

Mosques: Indo Islamic Centre, Gold Souk Mosque.

There are many halal restaurants in the area, so finding a place to dine will not be difficult.


If you are in Abu Dhabi a day early, then it is best to enjoy some sand surfing and sand bashing. It takes almost half a day to enjoy this activity completely.

Restaurants: Burlington Grill, Emirates Palace, Layali Zamaan, Benihana, etc. All the food in Abu Dhabi is halal.

Souvenirs: The best souvenirs to buy in the city include woodcarvings, jewellery, headscarves, Arabian coffee/tea sets, etc.

Transportation: The best and most preferred way of getting around Abu Dhabi is by hiring a taxi.

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