It’s been a while since I blogged, but I’m back again. Traveled back home for Eid, been a hectic few weeks but glad of the break all the same.
This post relates to Abu Dhabi (yes, again). The route I’ll describe, from here on, is that of the Abu Dhabi Big Bus tour. You can view the map of the Big Bus tour in Abu Dhabi here. In 2012, the Big Bus tour ticket per head cost about Dh. 120/-. At the moment, their site advertises it in USD ( Adults –$54, Children from $24.30, Family from $133.20).
I would suggest going over the map, picking a spot where you ‘d like to start the tour from and keep currency in dirhams ready, say, Dh.500/- or so. May work out easier on conversion rates.
Now, we decided Abu Dhabi Mall in the Tourist Club area was as good a spot as any for us to start the tour. It also helps there is a basic circuit to the tour from that start-point. So there we were, an aunt and I, waiting for the bus to hop on it at 9:30 am in the morning. We picked the 24 hour day tour instead of 48 hours so basically that meant we covered all the major spots of Abu Dhabi in a day. I’d recommend families take the 48 hr one if you don’t mind the li’l bit extra lightness in your pocket 🙂
So the tour’s first spot was Manaarat Al Saadiyat which I’d already seen and I’ll post that a while later, after which it was Mina which I’ve already covered, thus moving on to the Corniche.
The Corniche of Abu Dhabi underwent a vast change from the time I grew up there to my return visit in 2011. Cycling tracks for avid cyclists, families, separate walkways, the iconic Marina Mall, the waterfront, again the uber-luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel, to the landmark Le Meridien and Hyatt Hotels who have stood the test of time.
After Mina, there is a lovely drive down the Corniche and the next stop was Heritage Village lying parallel to the Marina Mall. In our childhood we had lovely fair rides there – bumper cars (dodgem cars), carousels etc. Plus the land lay empty save for the palm trees which incidentally had lovely dates hanging free of cost ripe for picking!
So from here on out, will let my photos do the talking for me…what’s that they say about a picture and a thousand words? I’ve several…Happy Viewing.
I forgot to mention above that this is the main Corniche or coastline of Abu Dhabi. It runs also towards the East where it is called the Eastern Corniche and has some of the most private residences and palaces around Abu Dhabi.
The Central Market of Abu Dhabi houses all the souq shops. Earlier in my childhood, there were two souqs called one “old” and one “new”. Go figure. Those souqs were burnt down in a fire and to re-style the area of the souqs, the Central Market was built. I have lovely pics, which I’d love to share at a later date here, but for now, back to the Corniche! You can read about the Souq fires here. I believe one can view them here as well.
More updates to follow. Would love your comments, do keep reading!