Relaxing Drive to Abu Dhabi
Our steward will pick you up from your designated hotel in Dubai or other Emirates and will drive you safely and in comfort to Abu Dhabi in a luxurious air-conditioned car. The 90 minutes’ drive will give you the chance to catch some amazing glimpses of the Gulf coast. You will arrive in Abu Dhabi eager to go and explore the capital of UAE.
Reflecting in silence in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Your initial stop is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which you can already see from the three main bridges connecting the island to the mainland. This strategic geographical location of the Mosque is a symbolic expression of the emotional connection the Mosque has in the hearts of all UAE citizens particularly because it is the burial place of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This architectural masterpiece was created to reflect the Islamic teachings of peace, tolerance, and diversity. During your visit, you can admire true Islamic art with the white marble domes, elaborate chandeliers, and intricate designs for which Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is famous for.
Feeling abundant in the Magnificent Emirates Palace
Your next stop is the Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, a world famous luxury five-star hotel. The design of the hotel is a mix of Islamic architectural elements such as balance, geometry, proportion alongside modern methods of design and construction. Its magnificent white and gold dome-topped structure reflects the sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. Step inside and the experience the extravagance with dazzling Swarovski chandeliers hanging from ceilings adorned with 22-carat gold and silver leaves, creating an opulent feel. You may even indulge in an afternoon tea at Le Café if time allows.
Exploring Qaṣr Al-Waṭan
We then head on to Qasr Al-Waṭan – The Presidential Palace. This unique building offers a real glimpse into Arab heritage and governance, and it’s here that visions for United Arab Emirates’ future are formed. As you admire the palace from the outside, listen as your guide shares insight into the UAE’s ambitions, culture, expertise, and inspirations.
Indulging in the colours and smells at the Date Market
Your steward will then take you to your last stop of your full day trip – the colourful, loud and exciting Date Market. The Abu Dhabi Date Market or the Mina Date Market is a wholesale market for dates, fruits and vegetables near the fish market at Mina Zayed Port. Everything available is cheaper compared to the stores and the malls of the city. Do not let the low price discourage you though, Mina market is home to the best quality dates of the world—superior to what the posh city stores sell.
Packed with unforgettable memories you will arrive safely back in your hotel in Dubai or wherever you wish to be dropped-off.