Abu Dhabi and Dubai

A month ago I had the opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai as part of my travel course. Me and 8 other students spent two weeks exploring the many tourist attractions Abu Dhabi and Dubai have to offer. We were lucky enough to do things that any other tourists wouldn’t be able to, for example we had private tours of the amazing 3 bedroom Palace Suite at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and the 2 bedroom Presidential Suite at the Burj Al Arab (the worlds only 7 star hotel) in Dubai!

Dubai is a popular lay over for Australian’s enroute to Europe. In my opinion Abu Dhabi is over looked and under rated. Abu Dhabi is a very cultural city that is home to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Saadiyat Island Cultural District, just to name a couple of must see attractions. Dubai is in a world of its own, from the skyscraper skyline with the world’s tallest buildings to extravagant shopping malls.

I recommend adding a few extra days to your holiday and visiting both cities as they are so different. It only takes 1 and a half hours by bus to travel to and from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, so no excuses.

Here are some of the highlights of our amazing Middle Eastern adventure:

Beautiful chandelier at Etihad Towers

Beautiful chandelier at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi


panorama of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

panorama of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi


Infinity Mirrored Room at Abu Dhabi's Guggenheim pre-opening exhibition 'Seeing Through Light'

Infinity Mirrored Room at Abu Dhabi’s Guggenheim pre-opening exhibition ‘Seeing Through Light’ in Saadiyat Island Cultural District


The 3 Bedroom Palace Suite at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi

The 3 Bedroom Palace Suite at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi


panorama of the Emirates Palace

panorama of the Emirates Palace


I rode the world's fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

I rode the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi


Boat ride at sunset on our last night in Abu Dhabi

Boat ride at sunset on our last night in Abu Dhabi


Reflections at Al Ain Palace Museum

Reflections at Al Ain Palace Museum


View from the 3 Bedroom Grand Ski Chalet at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

View from the 3 Bedroom Grand Ski Chalet at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai


The Burj Khalifa from a Big Bus tour of Dubai

The Burj Khalifa from a Big Bus tour of Dubai


Blue Indigo spice at the Grand Souk in Dubai

Blue Indigo spice at the Grand Souk in Dubai


Arabian Adventures tour to Fujairah

Arabian Adventures tour to Fujairah


4WD'ing over the sand dunes on an Arabian Adventures Desert Dune Safari tour

4WD’ing over the sand dunes on an Arabian Adventures Desert Dune Safari tour


Sunset on our amazing Arabian Adventures Desert Dune Safari tour

Sunset on our amazing Arabian Adventures Desert Dune Safari tour


Once in a lifetime experience riding a camel in the middle of the desert

Once in a lifetime experience riding a camel in the middle of the desert


Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the world's only 7 star hotel

Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the world’s only 7 star hotel


The 2 Bedroom Presidential Suite at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

The 2 Bedroom Presidential Suite at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai


Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Burj Al Arab in Dubai


The view from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

The view from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

Have you visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai?

 

*Disclaimer: All photos are my own

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