12 Hours in Abu Dhabi

12 Hours in Abu Dhabi

Following my Dubai long weekend trip last week, I made a short stop for 12 hours in Abu Dhabi to explore the capital city of UAE. With so much to offer, I took it upon myself to make the best out of the 12 hours I had here. This is a compilation of those 12 hours, perfect for a short trip or even a layover while visiting another city.

Read on for the following Highlights of this Travel Diary:
12 Hours in Abu Dhabi
Getting around in Abu Dhabi
Layover in Abu Dhabi
All-girls trip


Literally translating to ‘Father of the Gazelle’, Abu Dhabi is the capital and the largest city of UAE. Covering about 80% of the country itself, this city lies between a mix of the sea and the desert. In 2016, the city of Abu Dhabi ranked among the world’s fastest-growing destinations with more than 4.4 million tourist arrivals. And we understand why by observing the number of attractions, hotels, deserted beaches … This city directly competes with Dubai and may overtake it if, as expected, the metro is created.


So, this trip was an extension of the Dubai trip with my girlfriends as we were supposed to take our return flights from Abu Dhabi. As we had no hotel bookings in Abu Dhabi itself, we basically rented a car for ourselves for all of 12 hours and drove around with our luggage. I highly recommend doing this as the city doesn’t have extensive public transportation. Besides, car rental is fairly cheap and drivers generally trustworthy. You’ll not only save money but also time taking this path.


Exactly like Dubai, the best months to visit are between November and March. I did visit in the worst heat period- June end/July and it wasn’t absolutely unbearable. However, you can definitely not enjoy outdoors much during this time due to the excessive humidity.

Things to do in 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi

8:30 am: Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque

11 am: Visit the Emirates Palace

1 pm: Drive around the center and grab a quick lunch

3 pm: Visit the Global Village for souvenirs

4:30 pm: Head to Ferrari World

8 pm: Enjoy the city views at night before heading out


Voila, that was all about my 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi. Do share with me if you think I missed out on something so I can cover that on my next trip to the beautiful city. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my travel diary & recommendations, so don’t forget to comment about that, too.

For more of my travel in style adventures, keep following ERTSY. Till then, keep exploring, keep discovering!

Aditi Parashar
"We rise when we lift others"~ 26; Traveling in Style | PositiveVibes | Feminist |

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