Most of the time, people think that travelling across the emirate is way too expensive and with your precious off duty as an expat may not be worth it of the cost. But since I moved here a year ago, I’ll be sharing some of the things you can do, places you can see and activities you can spend your time without taking too much dirhams in your wallet. Here are four places you can visit for a day that I’ll be happy to suggest.
From Central Bus Station, Take buses that are route for Marina Mall. From there, walk across the marina and go to our first destination the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village.
The Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
If you like to see how old Emirates had been and mix it with the modern Abu Dhabi, well this place is absolutely you can’t miss. I had been here for about three or four times but I have this excitement of seeing the old establishments and find the workshops of craftsmen actual activity pretty much amazing.
I love also the view of the Heritage Village as it shows the skyline of Abu Dhabi Corniche and the blue waters across the Marina.
“Run by the Emirates Heritage Club, this reconstruction of a traditional oasis village provides an interesting glimpse into the emirate’s past.
Traditional aspects of the desert way of life, including a campfire with coffee pots, a goats’ hair tent, and a falaj irrigation system, are attractively displayed in the open museum.
There are workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metal work and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning. The craftsmen are happy to share their skills, and may occasionally give you the chance to try them out.
The little spice shop is a treat – you can get a range of dried herbs, handmade soap and plenty of chatter. – http://visitabudhabi.ae
After your excursion trip at the Heritage Park, just a few walking distance you’ll be able to see the Marina Mall, one of the prime Malls in the city. If you love big sales on big brands and food trip, well this is a worthy lunch pit stop on your angry stomach.
There are some high end restaurants in the Mall, but If you are in a tight budget, the food court is located on the 1st floor with variety of known food chains you can choose from.
As the Sun cools down, It is nice to have a good walk from Marina Mall to Corniche Road.
If you like beach bumming, spending your days with the sand or just watching the awesome sunset, well the most famous place in the city would be the Abu Dhabi Corniche. From it’s meaning, Corniche is a French word that means a road that is near the cliff or side of the mountain, with a majestic view of the waterside. Truly it is. For me, this place is one of the reasons why Expats love Abu Dhabi for. It is a heaven that after a long day of work you’ll be able to experience beach side near the city. You can just bring your friends and set up a small picnic and hit the water as you like – for free! And if you like Beach Volleyball for fun, there are some Expats playing on the side and you’ll be free to join and gain new friends!
If you are not into water sports, the other activity that is available in the corniche is Biking on the side of the road. Here you can rent some bikes for couple of hours and enjoy the view back and forth of the beach side. Or If you want to lose some weight and kick off that fats in your body, jogging would be another activity that I suggest.
After a long day ahead, you will find in the middle of the long road of Corniche this set of Restaurants and Coffee shops the provides the best view of the Marina. Best place to spend the sunset here and end your day. Till next time!