Rainy days weren’t quite what we had in mind when we decided to spend a few nights in the capital of the emirates before ending our roadtrip in the peninsula. But that is what we ended up having.
Before our trip I was told by several people that Abu Dahbi would be seen in a day. Somehow, I just did not want to believe that. I mean, it is the capital, and the center of a much wealthier emirate than Dubai. If three days in Dubai would not be more than a good start in exploring the city, how could it possibly be that Abu Dhabi would only need one day? Therefore, we ended up spending two days in the city. And it turned out, everybody else was right. One day would have been more than enough for me too.
I don’t know if it was the weather, if rainy days was the main reason, but somehow I just did not find Abu Dhabi interesting. Sure, it is an important commercial city, but for tourist, it just doesn’t offer much, at least when you compare it to Dubai – the city with endless possibilities and attractions.
Sure, there are things to see and do in Abu Dhabi too. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a breathtaking complex that makes you speechelss with its beautiful gardens and stunning architecture – you can easily spend a few hours just by exploring the mosqu, even if you are not that interested in the religional significance. Actually, I’d say the mosque alone is good enough of a reason to travel to Abu Dhabi.
The city also offers countless shopping centers where you can easily spend a small fortune. The corniche is a beautiful one, on a sunny day this surely is a place where it is nice to kick back and relax. The ferrari world, the camel racing tracks and other attractions outside the city center make sure that there are alternative ways to spend the days. But still, besides the mosque, all that I saw, could not compete with what Dubai has to offer.
Sure, it is not a fair setup to compare Dubai and Abu Dhabi from a traveller’s perspective. After all, Dubai aims to be the leading tourist destination in the area, whereas Abu Dhabi focuses more on other commercial aspects, but as a travel blogger, what else can I do than to compare these two from travellers perspective? And honestly, in that comparison, Abu Dhabi just can’t compete with Dubai. Sure, the city is worth a visit, but just like so many others, I’d suggest not to spend more than a day in the city.