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Your guide to a wallet-friendly trip to Abu Dhabi.
1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
This beautiful mosque with 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, and 24-carat-gold plated chandeliers is a must-visit in Abu Dhabi. Its gold decor and floral murals will stun you with their beauty, and its calm, holy environment will compel you to stay longer. The world's largest hand-knotted carpet can be found in its main prayer hall.
2. Jebel Hafeet
Between the UAE and Oman, Jebel Hafeet stands as the tallest mountain in Abu Dhabi. It's over 4,000 feet high and is known to have one of the best driving roads in the world. So drive to the mountaintop and enjoy the splendid sunset view. At its foothills you can also spot 500 ancient burial sites discovered by archaeologists.
3. Al Jahili Fort
Here's an example of traditional Arabian Architecture. If you're keen to live through the Emirati past, you must visit this mud brick fort, built in the late 1800s. Here you'll get to explore the battlements and watchtowers of the fort, and its huge courtyard, which is often used for outdoor concerts. Don't worry, it's free and open for visitors.
Corniche is your answer if you're looking for a relaxed evening or morning walk. It stretches nearly 5 miles along the coast of Dhow Harbour and gives you a stunning view of city's skyline. You'll see some of the best hotels, restaurants and shops across its extensive pathway.
5. Rub' al Khali Desert
Fancy a camel ride or dune bashing? Rub' al Khali Desert is where you can fulfill your wish. It's the largest continuous sand desert in the world and your trip to Abu Dhabi will be incomplete without a visit there.