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What to see and do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
What to see and do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Full of charm, modern delights and culture, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have a lot to offer. They are both popular destinations for those looking for something luxurious from their travels, but did you know they also have a few hidden gems that should be explored too? Read on to find out more.

Contrasting Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai is well-known for being full of glitz and glamour, which is why accompanying your trip here with a visit to Abu Dhabi can be a welcome respite from its busy atmosphere.

Though contrasting in feel, the two destinations are equally as special, with Dubai offering grandeur in the form of its architecture, nightlife, opportunities for shopping and even a go at indoor skiing, while Abu Dhabi offers a glimpse into the true Middle East, with the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the beautiful beaches and Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Hosn – the oldest building in the capital.

Visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi

During your trip to the United Arab Emirates, it is easy to get drawn in by the charm of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They are located next to each other – just an hour and a half apart - which makes travelling from one to the other easy.

There are multiple options to choose from when it comes to travelling between the two Emirates. You can take the bus, (there are both public and private options available here), travel via taxi, or hire a car and drive yourself.

Travelling within Dubai

There are a few airports in Dubai, but the main one – and the biggest – is Dubai International Airport. Once here, it’s easy to travel around. Taxis are readily available, the Metro is very well connected for exploring, and the bus network is also useful for those who would rather not drive.

For the perfect place to rest your head in Dubai towards the end of 2018, take a look at Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. Featuring five-star luxury, a spa and both meetings and events space, will be a breath-taking base to explore the Emirate - opening soon!

Travelling within Abu Dhabi

The main airport here is Abu Dhabi International Airport. To travel around the city, taxis are the most convenient option, but there are buses you can make the most of too.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s cuisine

Food in the Emirates is certainly varied, you can find something to suit just about any taste here. If you want to sample something more unique to the region however, you will find hummus, shawarma in abundance, and traditional dishes such as Machboos – a dish made with rice and meat or fish, and Thereed – a classic stew dish.

Once opened, the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai will be the perfect place to relax and indulge in a few authentic dishes, as it will have numerous restaurants to choose from. With dishes from our three-star Michelin chef and delicious French and Italian meals to try for those who fancy something different, you are sure to enjoy dining here - opening soon.


The Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most impressive sites in Abu Dhabi. The architecture alone is fascinating – you are certain to spend a few hours simply gazing at the impressive detail, the beautiful marble and ornate features. If you want to learn more about the impressive place, you can book yourself onto a guided tour.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

If you want to spend some time relaxing outdoors, Abu Dhabi Corniche is for you. There is a beautiful beach here (that has Blue Flag status), and eight kilometres of waterfront scenery to stroll along. For those that prefer a little more activity, you will find play areas and bicycle hire available, as well as plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat.

Burj Khalifa

As the world’s tallest building, you can’t visit Dubai without spotting this structure. Make sure it’s on your list of must-see places during your visit – you can admire it from outside, or go inside and up to the observation deck to get a really impressive view of the surrounding area. Why not make your trip really special and book a table to dine at At.mosphere restaurant?

Palm Jumeirah

If you are interested in architecture, a trip to Dubai’s man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, is a must. Intriguing on so many levels, Dubai is the only place you will see an island like this. You can get to it via monorail, and explore each ‘branch’ in turn!

If you’re planning a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, take a look at Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. Please contact us if you would like any more information on staying here – we’d love to help you plan your next trip.

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