THE BEST OF ABU DHABI AND A LUNCH FIT FOR A SHEIKH AT THE EMIRATES PALACE
In a nutshell Majestic monuments, towering skyscrapers, museums of historic interest and the exclusive Emirates Palace, where a sumptuous lunch awaits us: Abu Dhabi is a city of a thousand interests, with outstanding architecture and a spectacular skyline.
Good to know
- Al Ittihad Square
- Heritage village
- Zayed Cultural Centre
- Lunch at the exclusive Emirates Palace Hotel
- Panoramic photo stop from Wahat Al Karama viewpoint: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- The islands of Yas and Saadiyat
- Once we’ve left the port, our tour of the cosmopolitan capital of the Arab Emirates begins with a photo stop in Al Ittihad Square, whose name means “union” in Arabic: you cannot miss taking a photo of the coffee-pot and incense burner, both made of white ivory.
- Now it’s time for the spectacular Corniche, the splendid waterfront that extends for several kilometres, lined with numerous ultramodern, glass skyscrapers and elegant residential complexes, which have earned Abu Dhabi the title of “Manhattan of the Persian Gulf'.
- We then come to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and reconstructed homes which illustrate the day-to-day activities of the local community, before oil was discovered at the end of the 50s.
- A visit to the 'Zayed Cultural Centre' awaits us to take a look at the life of the founder sultan of the United Arab Emirates, a man close to his people, who contributed immensely to his nation and to the entire world, known for his fair decisions, generosity and willingness to help the most needed.
- You will be able to visit two additional galleries at the centre, showing the first few days following ADCO’s discovery of oil way back in 1958, and another section dedicated to the Abu Dhabi Police Corps, from its beginnings to the present day.
- The next stage in our tour is the Emirates Palace Hotel, which emanates the charm of Abu Dhabi and where a delicious lunch will be waiting for us.
- We make a stop for photos at Wahat Al Karama, a panoramic spot in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most imposing in the world that can seat up to 40,000 people, a true oasis of tranquillity characterised by a combination of architectural elements typical of various parts of the Islamic world. The archways are substantially Moorish, while the minarets are in the classic Arabic style. The marble is Italian and the 96 interior columns are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The mosque features 80 domes, around 1,000 columns, 24k gold plated chandeliers with Swarowski crystals and the largest Iranian hand-woven carpet in the world weighing 35 tons. The pools of water along the porticoes reflect its columns, which are lit up in different colours at night thanks to a unique lighting system.
- This will be followed by a panoramic trip, over the bridges linking Abu Dhabi to the mainland, towards Yas Island, famous for its Formula 1 circuit and for the Ferrari World Park, and then on towards Saadiyat Island, where prestigious museums such as the Guggenheim, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and others will soon be opening their doors.
- Once our panoramic tour is over we will head back to the port.
Good to know
- Places are limited, so please reserve in advance.
- At the Emirates Palace dress code smart is compulsory, casual clothing (a shirt with collar is recommended, and no sports shoes, t-shirts or jeans), and closed shoes (ladies can wear open shoes).
- Visitors should be dressed appropriately according to the culture of the country being visited.