Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Abu Dhabi

Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:11am EST
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By Catherine Ngai

ABU DHABI (Reuters Life!) - Visitors looking for a mix of futuristic flair, up and coming development and historic charm might enjoy spending some time in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Abu Dhabi is the largest and wealthiest of the UAE's seven emirates and has most of the country's oil reserves. While it's not nearly as cosmopolitan as Dubai, the emirate can be more liveable. As the weather heats up in the summer, the best time to visit is October until April.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short visit to the Gulf capital, where -- like other Muslim countries -- the weekend starts on Thursday.


5 p.m. Visit Yas Island ( Spend some time taking photos of the flash boats at the Yas Marina as well as exploring Yas Hotel, a futuristic building that sits next to the Formula 1 track for Abu Dhabi's Grand Prix.

6 p.m. Grab a quick bite at one of the restaurants in the hotel. Try the sweet and sour chicken at Noodle Box, a contemporary Asian restaurant that boasts an outside terrace facing the track.

7 p.m. Attend a live concert at the Yas Arena, which has hosted past performances by Stevie Wonder, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Eric Clapton. Purchase tickets ahead of time online through,, or

9:30 p.m. Go to Skylite lounge back at Yas Island Hotel and knock back a mojito on the rooftop. You can also get some great views of the marina. Dress is smart casual.   Continued...

<p>Brawn GP Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives under the bridge of Yas hotel during the second practice session of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit October 30, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</p>