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How to Spend 2 Days in Abu Dhabi

How to Spend 2 Days in Abu Dhabi

With two full days to enjoy Abu Dhabi, there’s plenty of opportunity to experience the city’s main sights and surrounding attractions—from the desert dunes and waters of the Persian Gulf to the leisure hot spots of Yas Island. Here are a few ways to maximize your 48 hours in the UAE’s action-packed capital.

Day 1: City Sights to Desert Delights

**Morning:**Devote the morning to Abu Dhabi’s sights and getting your bearings. View the highlights easily on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, disembarking at your choice of 24 stops. Otherwise, delve deeper into the sights on a bus tour that includes guided visits to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and other attractions.

**Afternoon:**As the midday heat takes hold, head for the cool of the contemporary Louvre Abu Dhabi to see the stunning art displayed in its sun-dappled galleries. Or hotfoot it to the spectacular Emirates Palace hotel to enjoy a cup of its decadent, gold-speckled cappuccino topped with genuine gold-leaf sprinkles.

**Night:**As the sun sets, zoom into the desert on one of Abu Dhabi’s many sports-and-dinner tours that include a 4x4 dune drive, sandboarding, camel ride, and starlit barbecue supper. Nature lovers, meanwhile, might prefer a gentler sunset cruise around Abu Dhabi’s mangroves to look for gazelles, cormorants, and other wildlife.

Day 2: Activities and Adventure Galore

**Morning:**With your sightseeing sorted, spend today focusing on Abu Dhabi’s leisure heavy hitters. Adrenaline junkies will love an ATV ride in the dunes, while water babes might prefer a kayak around the mangroves. Alternatively, see how falcons—the UAE’s national bird—are cared for at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.

**Afternoon:**Up the fun at Yas Waterworld, enjoying its high-speed chutes, various pools, and lazy river. Alternatively, rent a Jet Ski to zip over the Persian Gulf waves. Those keen to escape the sun should make a beeline for Ferrari World, where indoor coasters, racing simulators, and other adventures await. 

**Night:**Finish your Abu Dhabi stay with a dinner cruise aboard a fairy-lit wooden dhow. Cruises typically glide by the Corniche to showcase the city’s glittering skyline and include an Arabian-style buffet. Otherwise, consider booking a romantic beach dinner for two, replete with butler service and a private, tented oceanside table.

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Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Get to know Abu Dhabi at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 5-day hop-on hop-off bus ticket, board the open-top double-decker bus and set your own sightseeing itinerary. Enjoy panoramic views of the palm-lined Corniche, listen to the onboard commentary, enjoy some fun included extras with longer duration tickets, and hop on and off at any of the stops to visit must-sees such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Heritage Village.
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  • 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.00
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Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village & Dates Market

Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village & Dates Market

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Explore top attractions in the UAE’s capital on this half-day Abu Dhabi sightseeing tour. Travel through Abu Dhabi by air-conditioned coach as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich culture and heritage. Marvel at the soaring domes and minarets of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Mingle with the locals in the bustling souks, where everything from gold jewelry to fresh dates has a price to barter on. Then, travel past the corniche’s pristine gardens and beaches to the Heritage Village, where the Abu Dhabi of old is brought to life.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.00
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Golden Cappuccino at Le Café in Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

Golden Cappuccino at Le Café in Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

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Head to the world-famous Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi for a one-of-a-kind coffee. The Golden Cappuccino at the hotel’s Le Cafe is a delicious cup of fragrant coffee topped with the hotel’s logo and sprinkled with real 24-carat gold leaf. The coffee is served on a silver tray and accompanied with a sweet date and dark chocolate and a slice of cake for a real a taste of luxury.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Abu Dhabi Dhow Dinner Cruise- Romantic Evening with Authentic Arabic Cuisine

Abu Dhabi Dhow Dinner Cruise- Romantic Evening with Authentic Arabic Cuisine

Get a taste of Arabia and sail along the Corniche of Abu Dhabi on this dinner cruise. Float on the traditional Dhow boat, dine on an authentic Arabic buffet, and enjoy the music of indigenous Arabic entertainment. Secure your ticket in advance and spend your evening relaxing under the shimmering lights of the skyline.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.00
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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Tour Educational Tour About the Falcons With Transfers

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Tour Educational Tour About the Falcons With Transfers

Visit the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and learn about these majestic birds that have been a part of the Arab Bedouin culture for hundreds of years. Take an educational tour around the facility and two museums to learn all about these creatures before snapping some photos with them. There is also the option to add a lunch in a traditional Arabic tent to get the full Emirati experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Morning Abu Dhabi Safari With Quad Bike

Morning Abu Dhabi Safari With Quad Bike

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Make the most of an Abu Dhabi morning with a rip-roaring 4-hour desert adventure and sports experience. Head into the desert by 4x4, and enjoy an exhilarating, 20-minute dune bash with a trained driver at the wheel. Zoom over rolling, orange dunes before continuing to a desert camp for a camel ride, and a thrilling sand board and quad bike session. Boost your energy with complimentary refreshments during the action. This morning tour is ideal if you’re already booked for, or just want to relax, in the afternoon and evening.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4 Dune Bashing & Camel Riding & Sand Boarding with BBQ

Abu Dhabi Desert Safari 4x4 Dune Bashing & Camel Riding & Sand Boarding with BBQ

Experience a variety of traditional Emirati experiences in one special evening. After pickup from your hotel, go for a 4x4 dune bashing ride in the desert. Then head to a Bedouin camp where you can ride a camel, get a henna tattoo, smoke shisha, see belly dancers, and enjoy an Arabic barbecue dinner under the night desert sky.
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  • 6 hours
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$196.00
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