From Dubai, we took a day trip to Abu Dhabi on our own. Initially we considered buying a day tour but the tours only ran if a given number of people were interested in the same date and it didn’t really pan out for us. It was only about a 1.5 – 2 hour bus ride anyway.
The weather on this day was absolutely scorching that I literally did not want to do anything at all except to sit in the shade or indoors with A/C. We visited a few musuems and looked at the foyer of Ferrari World, but the main highlight (other than the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – more on that to come) was Emirates Palace. From doing a quick search on their website, prices for 1 adult range from $1,000 CAD for the simplest room to $5,000 CAD for a suite (and then $15,000 CAD for the fanciest 3 room suite). Prices are insane, but met true to its name based on its luxurious interior and exterior.
The Emirates Palace is also well known to be a “7 star hotel” unofficially by the media. Some of the suites are furnished with gold and marble and in the lobby floor, there is an ATM that dispenses GOLD!!! Continue reading