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Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in Abu Dhabi

Pascale Aoun

Operations Manager, Quintess Entially Abu Dhabi

+971 2 622 4545

8am

Beat the heat and start your day early with an elegant silverservice breakfast in the Emirates Palace hotel. Don’t miss a tour of the palace where you can see the 205-foot-high central atrium and 1,002 shimmering Swarovski chandeliers. Then drop by the permanent display of visionary plans for the Abu Dhabi cultural center.

10am

Take a guided tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, where you can see the world’s largest hand-woven carpet and a massive 24K gold-plated chandelier. Keep in mind that on Fridays, the mosque is only open to Muslims.

12.30pm

Choose from an array of restaurants serving delicious international eats. Enjoy Brazilian cuisine at Chamas Churrascaria in the InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel, seafood at Finz in the Beach Rotana hotel or Italian at Bice in the Hilton Abu Dhabi.

2pm

Visit Masdar, a planned city built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company. The city has been designed to rely entirely on solar energy and to emit zero carbon waste.

3.30pm

Take a break at Colombiano Coffee House in Burj Al Marina where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the panoramic view of the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the sea.

5pm

Experience a mix of adventure and rustic, Bedouin camp comfort on a sun-downer tour of the desert. Take a dune drive, go camel trekking, enjoy a sunset barbecue and then relax beneath the stars.

9pm

Toast the day with a visit to The Yas Hotel. Enjoy a premium specialty cocktail at one of the three rooftop venues with stunning views of the Yas Marina.

11pm

Spend the night at the Cedar Lounge in Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, sampling their authentic Lebanese cuisine. Inside, you’ll delight in the pure, refined atmosphere. Step outside and access a charming open lounge, where you can relax to DJ beats and enjoy your shisha surrounded by water and greenery.

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