Emirate of Abu Dhabi has such magnificent places to pay a visit like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World, Riverland, Legoland and Bollywood.
Road Trip to Emirate of Abu Dhabi
The day was perfect for another road trip. This time the destination was the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. To be specific, we would be going to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the said emirate and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates.
We were maximizing this day for all our scheduled activities. We would visit as many places as possible on this road trip. A given time has allotted for each significant site, making it noteworthy.
What does Abu Dhabi Mean?
Abu Dhabi means “Father of Gazelle”. As gazelle is an antelope and are built for speed, so as what Abu Dhabi is showing to the world. The capital had made a speedy improvement, making on the list of one of the richest cities in the world.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The scheduled activity would be a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, here in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in UAE. It can accommodate more than 41,000 people. A mosque is a worship place for Muslims.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Hours
The Grand Mosque is open for tourists to view its glorious structure. Visiting hours are from Saturday-Thursday 9am-10pm. On Fridays, it will only be from 4:30pm-10pm for the mornings are allotted for worship. For the Holy Month of Ramadan, there is a different scheduled that need to follow.
When viewing from a distance, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is really grand. The white facade symbolizes purity that all who came near will definitely give its due reverence to the Mosque.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Manner
Upon arriving, we were advised to change our clothing, as practiced for Mosque Manners standards. Our get-ups consisted of shirts and shorts, which is a big no. By abiding by their ethical rules, it made a visitor to show respect for this religious and sacred place.
A room designated for changing was just nearby. Hanged khandouras are available for size collection. Legs and arms need to be properly covered. Khandoura is a piece of long white gown for a man that covers the whole body and has ankle-length. An option of long jeans and long sleeves are also available to choose from. Females, aside from the proper covering of the body, also need to cover their hair. Headscarf and the clothing are within easy reach. All these are provided for borrowing and free of charge. All visitors need to remove their shoes upon entry.
Sheik Zayed Mosque Architectural Features
The Grand Mosque is a combination of Islamic art, a link from the past to the modern world of Islamic tastes. It does not only open its doors to the Islamic worshippers but had allowed tourists, like us, to have a view of this majestic creation.
In the main prayer hall, there are 96 columns that are cover with marble. They are inlaid with mother of pearls that gave a very artistic effect. This is a craftsmanship that is hardly seen in today’s world. They are also considered as crowned columns though the crown is located at the bottom of each column, not on its top. This is a unique technique known in Islamic architecture.
The Grand Mosque has seven crystal chandeliers. The largest chandelier is one of the largest in the world. Imagine how much Swarovski crystals are attached to it, considering its weight of about 12 tons.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque Carpet
The world’s largest carpet is in the main prayer hall. This is hand-crafted by more than a thousand carpet knotters. The carpet is designed by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi and made by Iran’s Carpet Company.
There are 82 domes in several sizes. The largest one is at the center of the main prayer hall. A dome is a symbolic representation of the vault of heaven. Inside of these domes are verses from the Holy Quran, giving inspiration to the worshippers.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has four minarets, each with about 106 meters tall. Minaret serves as a symbol of slam’s presence. The word “Minaret” came from the Arabic word “Manarah”, which means as a lighthouse. The library is located at the minaret, serving as a source of knowledge that gives light to one’s intelligence.
The white color dominates the whole Grand Mosque symbolizing purity. The Mosque has white marbles covering on its external surface, with an addition of floral artwork.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Experience
The whole experience had brought great knowledge and the utmost respect for the Islamic community. Each moment that had spent on this sacred place would serve as significant guidance on how much one must respect others. I will take care of the memories just how much Islam takes care of theirs.
Yas Island of Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Yas Island is an island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was developed with the purpose of having an island wherein leisure, entertainment and shopping are readily be able to do. A bridge had made this road trip possible to pursue our travel to this island.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The theme park is, of course, Ferrari-branded.
Ferrari World Ticket Price
Ferrari World offers world-class entertainment from their fastest rides to exciting foods. You can also purchase special souvenir cars.
Ferrari Toy Car
On the Ferrari Store, you can have a chance to purchase a Ferrari Toy Car. They have a wide collection of memorabilia and branded Ferrari toys. You can window shop to satisfy the hunger to see a wide variety of toy Ferrari. And, of course, you can buy one to cherish the moment and have something to remind you of this excellent place.
Yas Mall in Yas Island
At the Yas Mall, we had our lunch in Sugoi Japanese Cuisine. I ordered their Salmon Teriyaki that costs 45 Aed, about $12.25. After gathering ourselves, with the delectable meal we just had, we hurriedly drive towards Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Riverland Dubai is the gateway to Dubai Parks and Resorts. It is the connector of the resort’s theme parks. It has four zones that will take you to places wherein you will experience the greatest eras of the past. The zones are the French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate and the Peninsula.
Upon arriving, you can park your car and ride the free train the park offers. From here, you can reach the Riverland.
Riverland Dubai Entrance Fee
There is no entrance fee in Riverland Dubai, no required ticket. You can access the park absolutely free!
French Village brings you to the period of the 1600s with the historic architecture of Europe. If you are a fan of the motion picture Beauty and the Beast, the site will remind you of Beauty’s town.
The French Village has Mediterranean inspired dining places and coffee shops. It just made you feel a different, old-world in this modern city.
Enjoy a leisure walk on to the period of the 1950s of early America through the Boardwalk. Live entertainments welcome you as you stroll beside the palm trees.
Peninsula is in the center of Riverland Dubai. It is surrounded by the river. This is the zone where you can experience several festivals and watch live concerts with a 19th-century architectural theme.
The 4 decorated, giant arms are the sculptures that stand at the center of this zone. It gives you the 1920s vitality of Indian culture, an era in India history.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts has theme parks namely Legoland Dubai, Legoland Water Park, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Motiongate Dubai.
Where is Legoland located?
Legoland is located in Sheikh Zayed Rd in Abu Dhabi. It is one of the theme parks of Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Legoland Dubai is a theme park perfect for the whole family. It is best to spend the whole day at this place to maximize all the rides and attractions they are offering. The non-stop fun is brought by Lego-themed rides and bricks that will surely bring back all the thoughts of your childhood, making those Lego come to life.
Bollywood is one of the theme parks in Dubai Parks & Resorts. It is also the first park in the world inspired by the Bollywood movie industry.
Emirate of Abu Dhabi Experience
Abu Dhabi is showing the world the best it can offer, proving to be one of the richest cities in the world. Continous improvements that rock each mind and unexpected thrills to a genius. A tourist, like me, had not only been entertained but had elevated the level of taste in terms of technology and religion.
A Night in Madinat Jumeirah
Back to Dubai City, the night was so young to spend sleeping. We, then, went to Madinat Jumeirah.
Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia. Its design reminds one of old Arabian town. It’s just like you experience a small Arabian city in Dubai.
Madinat Jumeirah is a 5-star resort in Dubai. It is also adjacent to Burj Al Arab, the main reason why we choose to spend the night here. The vicinity is well-lit and very alive. We had chosen a nook with a great view of Burj-Al-Arab.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
The ‘Burj Al Arab’ literally translated means ‘the tower of the Arabs’ and is located in Dubai’s Jumeirah beach.
Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel here in Dubai. It is one of the tallest hotels in the world, making it the fourth. It stands on a man-made island, connected by a slender curving causeway from the mainland. Its shape is like the sail of a ship or a sailboat. Its structure is well associated with Dubai that had been recognized by many as its symbol.
Best View of Burj Al Arab
The best view of Burj Al Arab is from where I was on the moment: a perfect seat, a glass of beer, a friend on my side and the perfect view of Burj Al Arab. Nothing to ask for.
Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island. For its secured foundation, the builders drove 230 forty-meter-long concrete piles into the sand. To prevent erosion, engineers created a surface of large rocks formed in a honeycomb pattern. The building contains concrete and tons of steel.
7 Star Hotel in Dubai
As of for the official ranking, the highest-ranking is a five-star hotel. So, officially, Burj Al Arab is a five-star hotel. But, according to a journalist who had attended the opening of the hotel, since it surpasses the standard of five stars, it is not appropriate to call it for just a five-star. He insisted that Burj Al Arab can claim a 7-star rating. The management of the hotel had declared that they had nothing to do about it, and the words never came from them but from close critics of people around.
So, if you are planning to stay in a 7-star hotel in Dubai. There is only one and only choice. That is the hotel that everybody speaks of. That is Burj Al Arab.
Is Abu Dhabi as good as Dubai?
Each city has its own characteristics different from the other. One cannot help but compare the two for their enormous achievements and contribution to the modern world. You can visit my adventures in Dubai City to have a deeper look. You can take a look at my 2nd day of Dubai wherein I stroll the malls and view Burj Khalifa. And, of course, my Desert Safari Adventure and Dubai Canal Cruise. From then, you would appreciate more these two, great cities.