Visiting Abu Dhabi on a Budget
Abu Dhabi is fast becoming one of the most popular places to travel, with an extremely glamorous and luxurious reputation, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank to have a good time in Abu Dhabi. If you have already removed it from your bucket list and written it off entirely, you might want to keep reading and find out what you are missing. Having spent a lot of time in Abu Dhabi, I can tell you that you really can have an amazing time on a budget; you just have to know where to look. Luckily for you, I'm here to make it that little bit easier.
After your flight from London to Abu Dhabi you'll probably want to unwind for a while and what better way to do that than to relax in Abu Dhabi's largest and most picturesque park - Khalifa Park. For just a very small fee you can visit the aquarium, ride a train around the park, see the Museum of History of Abu Dhabi or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful fountains. It's a great place for a picnic and you will definitely find many UAE residents doing exactly that.
Alternatively, you could just spend the day relaxing on one of Abu Dhabi's free, public beaches. Al Bateen Beach and Al Gharbia beach are both free, along with 5 beautiful beaches in Al Raha. That's already a different beach for every day of your 1-week vacation.
Fancy a Camel Ride? In Abu Dhabi's beautiful Heritage Village you can do just that for a minimal fee. Set up to give you an insight into Abu Dhabi's history, the Heritage Village is an inspiring and exciting day out set up like an open-air museum. It's one of those hidden gems that many people in Abu Dhabi have never visited.
When it comes to finding places to stay, you might think that Abu Dhabi is out of your price range but again you'd be wrong, Abu Dhabi has a vast number of hotels and accommodates everyone. Affordable doesn't necessarily mean that you have to miss out on luxury.
Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, is an affordable but luxurious contemporary style hotel with its very own spa and souk.
The Premier Inn is in a convenient location in Abu Dhabi's city centre. Clean and comfortable and complete with a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and gym, it is the perfect hotel for a luxury break on a budget.
The Hilton, with its picturesque views of the Arabian Gulf is ideal for a relaxing holiday. With its own beach, tennis courts, and award-winning restaurants, the Hilton does not disappoint.
Rosewood is a hotel for those who want to splash out a little on luxury. There are often great deals to be found on rooms there and it is definitely worth trying to find some because Rosewood is a hotel like no other. Inspired by the Arabian Gulf, this hotel is all about sleek designs, water features and relaxation.
Of course if your budget is extremely tight, there's always a whole host of things you could do for free. Spending the day by the pool, watching the sunset, using the hotel gym or going for a run along the beach...
The Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi hosts its own impressive art gallery, featuring different artists throughout the year and is free to look around.
You don't need to spend all of your money to experience Abu Dhabi's culture or have the relaxing holiday you need. Just looking around Abu Dhabi would prove to be an unforgettable holiday but luckily there is plenty to do on every kind of budget. Only question is...what will you do first?