Abu Dhabi is synonymous with luxury in many ways. People travel to the United Arab Emirates for many reasons, including both business and pleasure. And while many travelers might overlook Abu Dhabi in favor of it’s more popular neighbor Dubai, Abu Dhabi can definitely hold its own in the tourist market.
Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful and luxurious things Abu Dhabi has to offer.
The Grand Mosque
This is one of the largest mosques and can accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. It is decorated with mosaics in marble from Italy, China, India, and several other countries. It also holds the third largest chandelier in the world, and it is covered in Swarovski crystals. Mother of pearl and marble line the columns, and the lighting was designed by experts in the field to mimic the phases of the moon. It is also home to the largest single carpet in the world. The mosque is open daily from 9am to 10pm, except Fridays when it is closed to tourists until noon. During the holy month of Ramadan it is open to tourists Saturday through Thursday from 9am to noon.
Self-described as a seven star hotel, Emirates palace certainly embodies luxury. It cost over 6 billion USD to build, and is the second most expensive hotel in the world, after the Marina Bay Sand in Singapore. It contains its own marina and helipad, and offers a full soccer field, cricket field, rugby pitch, tennis courts and over 1 km of private beach. Many of the suites are decorated with gold and marble, and the lobby has a large dome inlaid with gold. The topmost floor is reserved for members of the royal family and visiting dignitaries. In 201o it displayed the world’s most expensive Christmas tree, valued at more than 11 million USD.
Yas Marina Circuit
As one of only two Formula 1 tracks in the Middle East, the other in Bahrain, Yas Marina Circuit opened for its first race in 2010. It boasts the largest permanent lighting display in the world, and can seat over 41,000 people. Most of the top F1 drivers describe it as being a great track, with very unique turns. In addition to the track, the developers constructed the Ferrari World theme park, a water park, and many residential units in the area. There is also Yas Marina, which borders the track, and is fill with mega yachts.
Even if you can’t afford luxury every day, you can visit it when you visit Abu Dhabi. What are you waiting for?