Low budget and Abu Dhabi are not opposites

Abu Dhabi is certainly not one of the mass destinations, nor does it intend to be. But for its select luxury, the emirate offers good value for money. There are also many attractions that can be experienced for free or for little money.

Many of the emirate’s top hotels are famous for their private beaches and chic beach clubs, but Abu Dhabi’s public beaches are also fantastic – and they’re all free. For example, the 800 meter long Al Bateen Beach and Al Sahil Beach just off the Corniche; The Blue Flag for the best water quality flies on both. Saadiyat Island’s award-winning beach also has a more than 400-metre stretch of free access. Even those who have a hotel without private beach access can confidently count on a paradisiacal beach holiday in Abu Dhabi.

Plenty of space for sun worshippers: on the beach at Saddiyat Island.

With the bicycle always along the sea

The walk on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi’s eight-kilometre seafront promenade, with playgrounds, cycle paths and footpaths, cafes and restaurants, is also free. Do you prefer to enjoy the dream route with a view of the sea by bike: At Fun Ride Sports, the selection of rental bikes ranges from mountain bikes to city bikes that two or three people can ride on the back. A bicycle can be rented for adults from AED 30 (about eight euros), for children from AED 20 (about five euros).

Formula 1 feeling: jogging on the Yas Marina Circuit.

If you like it a little more sporty, you should remember the keyword Train Yas. On certain days, the Yas Marina Circuit offers cyclists and runners the opportunity to train on the legendary Formula 1 circuit in the evening or in the morning – participation is free with prior registration.

Free entry: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Jewelry welcomes visitors from all over the world

Abu Dhabi’s biggest jewel also allows visitors free entry: the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The open door policy is part of the concept and aims to encourage visitors from all over the world to not only admire the beauty of the mosque, but also to cultivate open dialogue. The splendor is breathtaking: more than 1,000 columns decorated with amethyst and jasper stones, 82 white marble-clad domes, gold-plated Swarovski chandeliers and a hand-woven carpet that entered the Guinness Book of Records.

A good and cheap option to get closer to the locals is to go camel racing. On it Al Wathba Racecourse outside the city gates, for example, there is free access. That too camel market the oasis city of Al Ain does not charge admission.

World record: The fastest roller coaster in the world whizzes through Ferrari World.

It is worth booking early in the theme parks

With a little planning, you can also save money at the theme parks. For example, if you want to visit Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, you can save up to 15 percent compared to on-site admission prices by booking online early. And with the 2-Park Pass it is even cheaper than with single tickets.

Many hotels and bars offer attractive discounts on drinks.

Half price sundowners

Abu Dhabi’s luxury hotels and their many upscale bars not only offer night owls a lavish selection, but also attractive offers. To attract customers, some places offer discounts of up to 50 percent on drinks on certain nights. The Rosewood Hotel, for example, offers guests drinks at the rooftop pool bar with a discount of up to 30 percent, and at Glo, the hotel’s outdoor bar in the cooler months, Prosecco is even free on Ladies’ Nights.

Abu Dhabi style finger food.

Abu Dhabi authentic, cheap, good

Speaking of physical pleasures: the culinary delights in the many Lebanese bakeries in Abu Dhabi are cheap and very authentic. Don’t miss manakish, a multi-flavored flatbread traditionally eaten for breakfast, but also a tasty, inexpensive lunch.
If you are really hungry, we recommend a detour to the old dhow harbor at the end of the Corniche. Far from the glittering world, the traditional boats are anchored here, the fishermen mend their nets and the nearby fish market sells fish and shellfish at cheap prices – you can also have the fish filleted and cooked on the spot.

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