A little note on long layovers. Layovers are awesome! It’s like getting two trips for the price of one. If you can power through the jet leg and get out of the airport to see the sights, long layovers are a huge bonus. That’s why I was stoked to find out I would have a 13 hour layover in Abu Dhabi on my way back from India.
I did a quick google search of must see’s in the tiny gulf state and made a list. I’ll share with you my top 3. The grand mosque was first on my list and my only “must see” and it didn’t disappoint.
1. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque was completed in December 2007 and is big enough to hold 40 000 worshippers and it’s equally as stunning. Crisp white marble with pools of reflective water and beautiful detailed art throughout the mosque, you can spend hours just wondering and admiring it’s beauty. It’s free to visit. Remember to dress conservatively but you will also likely be required to go down to the basement and get an abaya to put over your clothes. This is also free, you are just required to leave ID that you will get back upon return of your garment. Be respectful, this is a place of worship. Stayed covered, keep your hair covered and respect traditions (even if they are not your own).
2. The Emirates Palace. This is a 7 star luxury hotel built with the aim of show casing Arabian culture. Gorgeous, extravagant and way out of my budget, it’s work visiting, staying for a coffee and admiring all of the beauty. It doesn’t hurt to dream 🙂
3. Explore the waterfront and walk around the city. The beach in Abu Dhabi is lovely. There are cafes and restauratnts and ice cream spots all along the waterfront. It’s worth spending a relaxing afternoon there. Bring a book, take a nap, recover from that jet leg.
I’m sure there are many more things to explore in Abu Dhabi but hey, I only had 13 hours. Make sure you leave a comment about your favourite thing to do in Abu Dhabi and I’ll be sure to add it to my list when I return 🙂