There are many activities in Abu Dhabi.
Deciding which ones to do, where to go and how to get there, is a little tricky.
Your best bet, is getting a 48 hour Big Bus ticket. Technically the tour begins at Marina Mall with 16 stops and can be finished in a day. There’s also a separate Yas Island route which would be ideal for day two.
With the 48 hour ticket, you could probably finish the entire tour in that amount of time. But if you’re limited for time, I would recommend:
Observation Deck 300 in the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
With your Big Bus ticket it costs $10USD. The views are incredible from the 75th floor. It’s the highest public viewing area in the city.
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque
There is a strict dress code, so be sure to abide in order to enter the mosque. If not, you may still be able to get some photos from a distance, but you will not be allowed inside. There are free public tours of the mosque a few times a day, but touring on your own was a great experience for me. I was amazed by the details from the carpet to the pillars, everything is so stunning.
The Souk at Central Market
From the outside the building its a little deceiving, but once you’re inside the building it feels more alive. There are many shops, selling many of the same items but it’s a great place for souvenirs and some traditional food. We were a little bummed because we arrived too early for the rooftop Cafe and Hookah bar which doesn’t open until 5pm. There are also photo booths where you can wear traditional Arabian garments and pose with different cultural items, such as tea cups and a falcon. A 5X7 photo was about $20USD, see mine below.
With so much to do and see, don’t forget to find time to relax!