What is the best way to see Abu Dhabi in one day?

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Dalia Hatuqa
  • Dalia Hatuqa

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  • Ramallah, Palestine, Middle East

If you’re only passing through Abu Dhabi and have just one day to see the sights, Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend starting your brief city tour at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a magnificent architectural wonder of art housing sparkling gold-plated chandeliers, dozens of awe-inspiring domes and minarets and what’s thought to be the largest carpet in the world. Next, get a sense of what Abu Dhabi was like before the oil boom – think tents and fishing villages – by spending an hour or two at lovely Heritage Village.
After lunch take a walk or bike down the Corniche, the city’s signature waterfront area that will eventually lead you to Emirates Palace, a landmark luxury hotel that mesmerizes with its lavish architecture. (If you’re hungry, stop by the hotel’s Le Café for a juicy camel burger, or get a rich – literally – shot of caffeine with a signature espresso topped with flakes of edible gold.) Continue on to Manarat Al Saadiyat, the city’s arts and culture hub, then finish your day by rewarding yourself for a long afternoon exploring on foot with a much-needed drink at the Sea Lounge Monte-Carlo, an outdoor bar at the picturesque Monte-Carlo Beach hotel.

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