After living in Scotland for 6 years, I can safely say that when I make it to a sunny climate the first thing I do is head for the beach. Abu Dhabi is perfect for enjoying a little bit of sunshine, and if you pick your hotel wisely then you won't even have to travel to enjoy a seaside break. I recommend heading to the Abu Dhabi tourism website for a full list of beaches and beach clubs. (website here). I can highly recommend Beach Rotana's pool and man-made beach. They also have a great pool bar and food menu.
Absolutely beautiful, a true work of art and a must-visit for any trip to Abu Dhabi The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the largest Mosque's in the world and can fit 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, 1000 columns and 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers. In other words its WOW.
The shopping malls in Abu Dhabi make all other shopping malls seem just so naff. The malls are huge, beautifully built and are the sort of place you could spend all day. My favourite is Yas Mall, which features the amazing Cheesecake Factory (their Salted Caramel cheesecake and Oreo cheesecake are divine in every sense of the word). If you're planning a stopover with your man then you can easily leave him at Ferrari World within the Mall where he can be entertained and you can be left in peace to do some serious shopping.
Why anyone ever thought of dusting a coffee with gold is a mystery to me, but after being in Abu Dhabi for a few days I get the sense that everything is extravagant. Its the sort of interesting, unique experience that is a must for a visit to the city. You can enjoy this experience at the rather flash sounding Emirates Palace.
I tend to be more of a stay at home with a good book kind of gal, but the nightlife in Abu Dhabi has a great vibe. Beach bars are the way forward- where you can sit out in the open by the water, sipping cocktails and enjoying the warm weather. I can highly recommend Asia de Cuba, which is a beautiful restaurant with a great bar, food menu and DJ. It sums up the perfect holiday night life experience.
Ever been to Abu Dhabi? Let me know what you'd recommend to do in the city!