Fully Planned Abu Dhabi 3-Day Itinerary For Tourists & Locals – Top Attractions, Restaurants & More To Explore

I hear someone is planning a trip to Abu Dhabi but isn’t quite sure where to start. I did it for Dubai, and I’m back in full swing for Abu Dhabi. So here today, I have planned for you an epic 3-day itinerary for Abu Dhabi. I’ll help you discover some of the best wonders of the city even if it is only for a short stay. So, let’s dive into all the fun together.

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Before We Get Started, Here Are A Few Things I Would Like You To Keep In Mind:

  • For this 3-day itinerary to Abu Dhabi to include the weekend, you must arrive in Dubai on a Friday morning and plan your departure for Monday morning.
  • The itinerary is also built for either two adults over 21 years old or a family of 5 with three kids (ranging in ages).
  • We also highly recommend visiting Abu Dhabi from November to April as they are the most ideal months in terms of weather and activities, as most seasonal activities in Dubai close during the summer months (June – August) due to extreme heat.
  • If you do, however, plan on coming during summer, bear in mind that the temperature during most days surpasses 40°C/104°F and has the possibility to reach 50°C/122°F.
  • For this reason, we would not recommend a summertime visit or indulging in too many consecutive outdoor activities.
  • All Prices Included in this itinerary will be written in the local currency – Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED). For your convenience, you can convert it with the latest exchange rate of whichever currency you choose during the time of your travel.

What Can I Wear When I’m In Abu Dhabi?

  • We realise that some people may have some misconceptions about Dubai’s dress code policy seeing as UAE is an Islamic country. Dubai holds tolerance and acceptance to the highest of levels. That means you can feel free to wear whatever pleases you. Which also includes the exact same clothes you wear back would wear back in your home country, even if it’s traditional wear.
  • However be respectful of the Islamic culture in Abu Dhabi as well. Do avoid wearing extreme low cut and short clothes in places where an outfit as would be inappropriate – like most indoor places such as malls.
  • If you are ever unsure of what you can wear in a certain location, feel free to call the location and ask them if they have any dress code requirements. This especially applies to high-end restaurants in Abu Dhabi.
  • Bikinis and other revealing swim wear are acceptable while strictly on the beach. It is advisable to cover up when you have left the beach. Same goes for men, being without a shirt would not be acceptable in public places.
  • Overall, be respectful and comfortable in what you wear. Abu Dhbai does not pose any such restrictions in clothings. You are not required to wear a Hijab in any location until told specifically so, or unless you are visiting a Mosque.

Apps To Download Before Your Trip To Abu Dhabi

  • For convenient taxi options, Dubai’s most trusted taxi hailing app is called Careem. On Careem you can book the most affordable ride in the city also known as the Hala Taxi or you book a private car that can range from a Lexus to a Tesla if you get lucky. You can also book all day cars on the app so that you can travel around the city hassle free. To download the Careem app click here.
  • Next up we have the most popular and convenient food delivery in Dubai – Noon. On noon you can order food at any time of the day or night. Yes even when those midnight munchies hit and room service is closed Noon will be there to your rescue. You can also order essential items off Noon Minutes. Say you forgot to bring sunscreen with you Noon Minutes will be able to bring it you in 15 Minutes or less. To Download the Noon app click here.
  • Botim is for free voice and video calling while you are in Dubai. Dubai does not have connections to use FaceTime or WhatsApp calling so during your stay when trying to stay in touch with your loved one back home it will be easier for everyone to download Botim instead of trying to override the rules and download VPN (which is strictly not allowed) so that you can use FaceTime or Whatsapp. Botim is quick, fast and easy to use. To download Botim click here.

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Day 1, Friday: Arrival And Getting Started With The City

Welcome to Abu Dhabi I hope you had a pleasant flight. And I also hope you managed to sleep on the flight because that is crucial to beating jet lag and having enough energy during the day. Expected that you arrived in the morning our first day will start in the afternoon allowing you ample time to settle down in your hotel and prepare for all the fun that is about to come.

Hotel Recommendations – Luxury To Budget

1. WB Hotel by Curio Collection by Hilton: Indulge in a captivating escape at the Curio Collection by Hilton in Abu Dhabi, The worlds first Warner Bros themed Hotel. Staying at this hotel also secures you a free admission into all theme parks on Yas Island. And out Itinerary definitely has quite a few Yas Island based activities. To book your reservation click here.
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2. Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri: This haven of blissful relaxation is your gateway to experiencing the perfect blend of modern elegance and Arabian warmth. Discover a tranquil escape just steps from the glistening waters of the Gulf, where lavish rooms, a heavenly spa, and a tapestry of delectable dining options await your every desire. To book your reservation click here.

3. Al Raha Beach Hotel: Unveil the enchanting allure of Al Raha Beach Hotel, your sanctuary of pure indulgence in Abu Dhabi. Nestled along the pristine shores of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel offers a personal haven where modern luxury meets coastal charm. Wake up to breathtaking sea views from your elegantly appointed room, savour exquisite flavours at our diverse dining venues, and rejuvenate your senses with rejuvenating spa treatments. To book your reservation click here.

4. W Abu Dhabi: Set against the backdrop of the dazzling city skyline, the hotel is a playground of modern luxury and bold design. From the moment you step into our vibrant lobby, you’re immersed in an atmosphere of high-energy glamour and electric vibes. Indulge in the fusion of culinary artistry at their world-class restaurants, unwind in chic and stylish accommodations, and immerse yourself in the pulse of Abu Dhabi’s vibrant nightlife. To book your reservation click here.

5. Conrad Abu Dhabi At Etihad Towers: With its stunning architectural design and unrivalled Arabian Gulf views, the hotel offers a haven of opulence and elegance. Indulge in world-class dining, unwind in lavish accommodations that blend modern comforts with Arabian flair, and bask in the sun-drenched pleasures of our private beach. To book your reservation click here.

Activities For Day 1 – For The Family

  • I hope you had enough time to rest before we’re jumping right into all the action. For your first day in Abu Dhabi I’m taking you and your family to Warner Bros World, the first of its kind in the world. It will be and fun-filled day that the kids are sure to love and so will you. However if you are not interested in Warner Bros World then fret not because Yas Island has many great theme parks to choose from. To book your tickets for Warner Bros World click here.
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  • And for your first night in Abu Dhabi how about we go somewhere nice and fancy. After all your fun in Warner Bros World head over to Asia Asia right over on Yas Island. This restaurant offers an exquisite culinary journey through the flavours of Asia, enticing guests with a remarkable fusion of tastes. The ambiance of the restaurant is nothing short of enchanting, with its stylish decor, elegant lighting, and panoramic views of Yas Marina. It effortlessly combines modern elegance with a touch of Asian allure, creating an inviting and unforgettable atmosphere. To book your table at Asia Asia call +971 2 235 8663 or check out their website.

Activities For Day 1 – For The Solo Travellers

  • For my solo travellers its not less for you, we are jumping straight into action so i hope you got plenty of rest. I’m taking you to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the worlds fastest rollercoaster. This will be the thrill of a lifetime. So, get ready to conquer some amazing heights here. To book your tickets to Ferrari World click here.
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  • Next up you are also in line for a fine dinning experience to conclude your first day in Abu Dhabi. Right on Yas Island you’ll enjoy a Italian dinner at Cipriani. Renowned for its timeless elegance and impeccable service, Cipriani offers an unparalleled dining experience that captures the essence of Italian luxury. Cipriani boasts an impeccable ambiance that exudes elegance and sophistication. To book your table call +971 2 657 5400 or visit their website.

Day 2, Saturday: Time To Make A Splash

I hope everyone enjoyed their first day in Abu Dhabi, and rest assured we still have plenty of fun left for the rest of the weekend. Today I was hoping take you somewhere you can make a big splash.

Activities For Day 2 – For The Family And For The Solo Travellers

  • Chow down on some amazing hotel breakfast and make sure to fuel up for the day ahead of you because you’ll definitely need the energy.
  • Today we are heading to Yas WaterWorld. Whether you’re a fearless water warrior or just want to float along with your rubber duckie, this whimsical oasis on Yas Island is your ticket to a day filled with giggles, screams, and maybe a little too much sunscreen. To book your tickets for Yas WaterWorld click here.
    Also read: Annual Pass Now Available For Yas Island Theme Parks

  • Ah, finally dinner time. Today I’m taking you to Hakkasan – a world renowned Chinese cuisine restaurants. Located in one of Abu Dhabi’s most famous hotels, Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental. You’ll be mesmerised by the spectacular views and entranced by the flavoursome food.

Day 3, Sunday: 

Activities For Day 3 – For The Family And For The Solo Travellers

  • Next on our list we have something more nurturing and soul calming. I am talking you to see the vibrant art scene of Abu Dhabi. Experience the essence of enlightenment at Manarat Al Saadiyat, meaning “the place of enlightenment.” This cultural hub within the Saadiyat Cultural District features galleries, a cinema, an art studio, and a photography studio. Photography enthusiasts can explore “The Shot: Photography Throughout Time,” a captivating exhibition spanning from the early 1840s to the present day.
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  • Let’s do dinner tonight with one last hurrah for your amazing weekend getaway in Abu Dhabi. Let me take you to Michelin start restaurant – Talea by Antonio Guida. They had been awarded one MICHELIN Star for its understated Italian sophistication. Overseen by chef Antonio Guida who made and cemented his reputation in Milan, Restaurant Talea celebrates “Cucina di Famiglia” or family-style cooking, offering guests simple but exhilarating flavours.
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Departure Day

And with that being said I hope you Enjoyed this 3-day itinerary in Abu Dhabi and that you had more than enough fun and are already planning to come back again for round 2!

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