Abu Dhabi trip was the long awaited travel i was trying to plan. I tried planning it for the new year but it did not work. After a 3 long months, i was psyched enough to make it possible.
And the long weekend was my queue to book my tickets.
There is always a perk in our plans – read my sarcasm here. On the very day, our travel agent called to let us know they forgot to pick us. So much for the day trip!. According to the agency, it was the system error. They had us booked for the next day. I did not know how to react because it never happened to us before. I felt cheated most of all.
May be it was our lucky day, 5 minutes later agent called to inform that we will be enjoying a private tour in a luxury car. Voila! day was bright again. I so want to give a big shout out to Adventure Point team for going the extra mile for their customers.
We did not realize it was Friday and most of the tourist places opens late. So, our trip started in reverse order given – holiday in UAE. Our first stop was Louvre museum.
Inaugurated in 2017, is the largest art museum in Arabian peninsula. This Architectural marvel is set on water under a dome like structure – filtering sun light. Wonder those sci-fi movies, this ceiling remind you of a star ship. Done staring at the ceiling, look around the walls and pavement. Some have inscription and artworks.
Exhibition pulls your attention right from the start. Home to the two head statue dating around 6,500 BCE – believed to be one of the oldest known to mankind. The concept of whole exhibition is to connect humanity throughout the history. Undoubtedly, 12 connected galleries are a great representation of time without overlapping.
I just wish we had more time because it took us a long time to cover all the galleries. It was time for our next destination – heritage village and Abu Dhabi Theater.
Entry fees to louvre museum – 60 AED
Heritage village shows traditional aspects of living in a desert. This place is good for a quick visit with its mix of artifacts, shops, and craftsmen. You can buy little souvenir, spices, herbs and even soaps from small shops in the village. What made it worth your while is the scenic view of the sea and the city.
Adjacent to the Heritage village is the National theater building of Abu Dhabi. Located off the Corniche, is this landmark building. This place is not for public interest. But! photography is welcomed.
Entry to the heritage village was free. After spending an hour here we were ready for next big destination – Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
A quick stop on our way to Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Named after the late president of UAE, is an epitome of beauty and grandeur. Being the largest mosque in the country makes it a must visit places in abu dhabi. The whole mosque is an architectural wonder connecting modern technology with the religious values.
Visitors need to register themselves on the kiosk provided near the entrance. We did it online on the mosque website while standing in the long queue. It saved us a lot of time as queue was really long.
Mosque is very strict about dress code and how you take photographs here. Especially females are advised to cover their head and body. To maintain the mosque manners,you are provided ‘Abaya’ with the cap – no fees. I forgot my scarf in car so got to experience my first ‘Abaya moment’. In that very moment, i felt like the red riding hood in blue.
Inside the mosque, it is an experience you need to feel yourself. Walking into another culture – experiencing it is something you can not describe in words.
If you are visiting mosque, connect with the mosque guide for the better insight. Only a guide can take you to the prayer hall as we noticed.
Entry to the mosque is free.
It was late evening when we decided to stroll the Yas island. Home to the famous Ferrari world, Warner bros. world, Yas water world and Yas marina circuit, you can easily plan your day around this little island.
I was excited about the Ferrari world but sadly about to close for the day. So, we had dinner and headed to our car. I fell asleep in car – did not know i was tired from all the walking and excitement.
Do not plan your trip on a national holiday.
All the tourist places opened late on the day. We were lucky to visit all the places – thanks to the delay from our travel agency.
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