Are you out to forget the ‘small’ problems of Nairobi and its perennial traffic jams just for a few days? Abu Dhabi should be the next on your bucket-list. Abu Dhabi City is UAE’s capital. The emirate is the biggest of all, covering approximately 87% of the country’s total area. It started off as a small fishing village but the brilliance evident in the current day architecture of its major facilities, properties and landmarks is mind blowing. The city is just a few miles away from the World’s capital, Dubai, and is home to Etihad Airways which is UAE’s national carrier. Etihad operates daily flights between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi. Whenever you are in Abu Dhabi, never forget to take a desert safari after which you can now get onto discovering the city on a sight seeing tour with the following four places being your highest priority;
Emirates Palace is one of UAE’s most popular landmarks. Described as one of the world’s most popular hotels-cum-conference favorites, its perfect for corporate and leisure travelers. The aura and beauty surrounding it is breathtaking. It stands on an 85 hectare-exquisite-chunk of landscaped gardens along a 1.3Km private white sandy beach. In a bid to reach out to more markets and attract more holidaymakers, In 2008, it became a member of the Virtuoso 2008, the most prestigious American Association in the tourism industry with only selected worldwide hotels and Travel agents.
Loacted in Abu Dhabi’s West Corniche Road, Opp Ithihad Towers (Etihad Towers), It is approximately 30minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport and 1.5hours from Dubai International Airport.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi
Every country has its own treasures. This is one of UAE’s most treasured jewels. The Majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an idea credited to the Late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, fondly referred to as ‘Our Father Zayed’ or ‘The Father of UAE’
The architectural design and inaugural cornerstone is said to have been laid in the late 1990s.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is world’s first theme park of its kind by Ferrari. Opened in 2010, It’s a must visit for anyone visiting Abu Dhabi. One of the notable features as you land Abu Dhabi International Airport is its iconic sleek red roof. According to Ferrari, the roof is directly inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body, spanning 200,000 m2 and carrying the largest Ferrari logo ever created.
It hosts various state-of-the-art attractions that include world’s fastest roller coaster traveling at speeds over 200km/h, rides for children of all ages that give them a complete Ferrari experience, international delicacies and shopping experience. Find more about Ferrari World Abu Dhabi here.
Yas Marina circuit
Yas Marina Circuit is home to Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Situated in Yas Island, its about 30minutes drive from Abu Dhabi city centre. It goes down as UAE’s most exciting sporting and entertainment multi-purpose venue.
Kart zone 2pm – 09:30pm
Yas Central 9am – 11PM
Yas Hotel 9am – 6pm
The circuit is open year-round for karting, track days, drag racing nights, passenger experiences and driving experiences in a range of racing cars – and even running and cycling. A hub for adventure seekers, families, racers, runners and spectators. Find out more here.