12 hours in Abu Dhabi
Although I wouldn’t see myself spending a whole week in Abu Dhabi, we had a fantastic day in Dubai’s neighboring city. We took a taxi each way which costs a very reasonable 250-300 dirhams considering it’s a 2 hour drive.
We began the day at the Emirates Palace which is actually a seven-star hotel. It’s in down town Abu Dhabi and serves a very special gold flaked cappuccino!
There are also many restaurants and suites, most of which are reserved for the Emirati and Sheiks. Piano’s are played and teas are served, it was definitely the most breathtaking building I’ve ever set foot in, with the surrounding gardens not being an exception to this.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Apart from the Palace, the Grand Mosque is the next biggest attraction in Abu Dhabi!
The architecture, combination of marble tiles, gold, and colourful glass chandeliers is beyond anything I’ve seen before.
Ladies need to be completely covered so we all borrowed abayas – even the hoods need to be kept up when on the grounds. I’d recommend staying for sunset, it’s beauty seems to increase even further with the changing light.
Ray’s Grill & Ray’s Bar at Etihad Towers
We fell in love with Ray’s and it was so much more than we’d expected! I wouldn’t advise you to eat or drink anywhere else – it’s that good. We had the best service, 50% of cocktails between 7-9pm for happy hour and really enjoyed ourselves in general here.
Another rooftop, another view, but this time of the more staggered Abu Dhabi skyline. There couldn’t have been a better place to relax after a long day in the heat of Abu Dhabi before making our way back to Dubai.
PS: Keep an eye out over on snapchat (ashymcdo) this weekend as I’ll be doing a Vintage Guide from Berlin!