Travelling to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for me is a bittersweet experience. While I absolutely enjoy my time there, I can’t help but think about my own corrupt oil-rich country. For the sake of this post, I’ll make do without the gloom and doom and get started with my five most enjoyable moments and attractions in the UAE.
In no particular order, here they are:
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld is a waterpark located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The park is home to 45 rides, slides and attractions, across 15 hectares. It features four levels of adventure from which guests can choose. This includes the heart-stopping 20-metre free-fall of the Liwa Loop (which I will never try again!)
Basically, you are locked into a transparent capsule with a voice that counts down from 3 to 1. Despite this countdown
of death, you’ll still be caught unaware when the floor ‘suddenly’ gives way beneath you, leaving you to plunge down and around a giant loop that’s almost perpendicular to the ground. It’s all over in seconds, but your heart will be racing long afterwards and if you’re crazy enough, you’ll be going back to join the queue for a second go!
Abu Dhabi Desert Safari
The desert safari experience features an evening (or morning) of dune bashing, belly dancing, sand boarding, shisha smoking, dates munching, camel sighting (and riding) adventures that are sure to thrill. Like the Liwa Loop, this would be a one-time experience for me. I had several heart-in-mouth moments during the dune bashing which was all good fun and the belly dancing was nice to watch.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
The Sheikh Zayed grand mosque is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and one of the highlights of a visit to Abu Dhabi. The details in this grand mosque, both inside and out are remarkable. I was glad to have visited. As expected, all guests are required to dress appropriately to gain access. The mosque provides Abayas for free in case you are not well covered up.
Al Forsan International Sport Resort
My first ever karting experience was at the Al Forsan sport resort. The sport resort features a 1.2 km kart circuit around the Abu Dhabi International Shooting Club. Here, you find yourself competing with other ‘drivers’ to top the table. I
came last in my group decided that it was best not to compete but simply enjoy the pleasures of the 15-minute ride. No shame here!
I spent the bulk of my time in Abu Dhabi, which reflects on this list. However, I had the chance to visit a few places in Dubai, including the Dubai Mall and the top of the Burj Khalifa building (which was a little underwhelming). Anyway, this museum was a pleasant surprise. I love museums and this one didn’t disappoint.
So, that’s it – My Top 5 UAE experience. Have you ever been to Abu Dhabi or Dubai? Which city do you prefer? And what’s your #Top5?