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Top Things to do with Visitors in Abu Dhabi: A Five Day Plan

I moved to Abu Dhabi two and a half years ago, and in that time I’ve had over 25 visits from friends and family from back home. I bang the drum for Abu Dhabi as a place to live. I think life here is great, but for a tourist it can often seem quite a strange and confusing place.

As a host, I sometimes flounder as I try to remember the best things to do with guests. There are only a few ‘sights’ to see and no pedestrianised centre to the city. It’s not like Paris, or Rome or Budapest, where you could take a walk out of your front door and find historic charm and interest on every corner. Abu Dhabi does have a lot to offer, but you need know where to look. If you are a tourist or a guide, it’s often best to be armed with a plan.

So if you are visiting and want to make the most out of your trip, or are hosting and want to show your guests a good time, here is my suggested agenda to squeeze the best out of Abu Dhabi. Continue reading “Top Things to do with Visitors in Abu Dhabi: A Five Day Plan”

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Ten Interesting Islands of Abu Dhabi: From Sandbanks to Shrimp Farms

Out of all the 200+ islands in Abu Dhabi, there are probably a few you know very well.

There’s the main Abu Dhabi Island, at the heart of everything. Al Reem, with its shiny residential buildings and Al Maryah, the financial hub. There’s also Saadiyat, the promised destination for all thing culture and Yas Island for fun, with it’s water park F1 track and the Du concert venue.

But just within a stone’s throw, or a short boat ride away, there are lots more with interesting themes or features of their own. Continue reading “Ten Interesting Islands of Abu Dhabi: From Sandbanks to Shrimp Farms”

Abu Dhabi on a Dirham: Free ways to spend your days

There are a lot of incredible things to try in Abu Dhabi, a lot of which have an incredible price tag.

The UAE isn’t famed for its value for money but there are plenty of perfectly nice things to do that don’t cost a dirham. Here is a list of just ten of my favourites.

Continue reading “Abu Dhabi on a Dirham: Free ways to spend your days”

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