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Why bother visiting Abu Dhabi anyway?

February 24, 2018 9 Comments

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, has been my home for the last 8 months. It was here that I fell into a heady and passionate love… with the culture, food, people and landscapes.

Its safe to say that I love this city.



When people hear that I live in Abu Dhabi, they always ask-

“Don’t you wish you lived in Dubai?”

“Isn’t that where everything is anyway?”

“What is there to look at in Abu Dhabi?”


Well shall we take a look?


These mediocre sunrises over the Arabian Sea

Location: Reem Island


Followed by average sunset views…

Location: Reem Island
Location: Capital Hyatt Hotel rooftop terrace
Location: Eastern Mangroves


This iconic mosque which fails to impress at all times of day…


Location: Wahat Al Karama


There aren’t even any decent sea views!


Location: Eastern Mangroves


Certainly no good beaches!

Location: Zaya Nurai Island


There’s definitely no greenery…

Location: Al Ain Oasis


Location: Eastern Mangroves


And nothing other than desert and buildings…

Location: Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain


Oh you thought all the skyscrapers were only in Dubai? These can’t be real then…

Location: Emirates Heritage Village
Location: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana


Who photoshopped these into our city skyline?

Location: Galleria, Al Maryah Island


Speaking of skylines… its clear that Abu Dhabi doesn’t have an impressive one…


Location: The Louvre Museum, Saadiyat Island


I wish we had some impressive architecture…

Location: The Louvre Museum, Saadiyat Island


Location: The Intercontinental Hotel


Even the desert isn’t pretty…


Location: Desert between Abu Dhabi & Al Ain


All sarcasm aside, Abu Dhabi is not just the richest emirate because of oil reserves or financial wealth. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in the UAE rich in diverse landscapes- there are dense forests as you kayak along the mangroves, vast deserts where people live and farm, the Arabian Sea where people frolic and of course the busy capital city full of people hailing from all over the world. Come visit us here in Abu Dhabi to enjoy negotiating the well-developed roads, enjoy the breathtaking coast and smoke shisha with locals and expats alike.

Be sure to ask us what we love about living in this gorgeous emirate… not only will we tell you, we will also try our best to show you!


Let me know if I have managed to convince you to come visit Abu Dhabi in the comments below!

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  • Nyara February 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Oh yeah, I’m a 101% convinced. Loved the use of sarcasm btw. 😂😂

    • Expat Panda March 3, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks for the love and appreciation! So when are you booking your ticket?! 😀

      • Nyara March 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

        Unfortunately, I just planned a summer trek! 😂😂

  • Jade February 24, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    You have really crazy photography skills missy 😍😍😍

  • higgledypiggledymom February 25, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Well, with all you’ve shown in your beautiful pictures, can’t see why anyone would want to visit! Ha Ha..

    • Expat Panda March 3, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Haha love your sassy response! Hopefully I will see you here one day 😀

  • carolanneb February 26, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Nobody could fail to be stunned at the beauty of the mosque. Abu Dhabi is sooo expensive though. Had a 19 hour layover and had to go back to the airport early as I thought I was going to run out of money. Spent a small fortune on taxis. Found the falcon hospital to be pretty interesting too x

    • Expat Panda March 3, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Oooh I totally agree- Abu Dhabi is not for the cheap traveler however its MUCH cheaper to rent a car than take taxis here. I need to visit the falcon hospital 🙂

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