Living in Dubai means you’re lucky to be able to travel to other beautiful cities and explore for the weekend – which is what we decided to do when we travelled to Abu Dhabi.
If you’re driving it’s quite a simple journey from Dubai (literally a straight route from Dubai to Abu Dhabi) and this gives you the luxury of leaving whenever you’re ready and making any stops on the numerous petrol stations on the way. However, if you don’t have a car you are able to take a coach from Ibn Battuta metro station to Abu Dhabi – these run every 20 minutes and you need to pay using nol card (costs 25 dirhams one way). On the way back you can pay by cash and get a paper ticket from the Abu Dhabi station. Coaches are air conditioned and comfortable, and the journey will take around 1 hour 40 minutes.
So what did we do in Abu Dhabi? I’m sure the first thing many people will do is go visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque! Grand is an understatement when describing this attraction. The beauty not only lies in the architecture of the building but also the fact that it is used daily by Muslims so everyone gets to experience the call to prayer whilst snapping away capturing the amazing views. Here are a few of the amazing photos we captured:
So how can you visit this beauty? What do you need to pay attention to when planning your visit?
Well firstly I’d say decide whether you want to stroll through the Grand Mosque alone or would you prefer a guided tour? Both are available but obviously the latter will depend on the day and how busy it is. Also please bare timings in mind – most of you who are familiar with the UAE will know most things are closed or have reduced opening hours on Fridays due to it being a special religious day for Muslims so to give you the heads up here are the visiting hours:
|Saturday-Thursday||9:00 am||10:00 pm|
|Friday||4:30 pm||10:00 pm|
Daily ‘walk- in’ tour schedule:
|Sunday – Thursday||10:00 am – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Friday||5:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
|Saturday||10:00 am – 11:00 am 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
Click here for more information about visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It would be worth checking the website out just before you visit for any changes to these times.
Also for all you Coffee Club fans, there is a branch on site for a pre or post Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque tour!