There are times when you would just want some time for yourself, get away from daily life routines and enjoy an escape in solitude. Travelling solo is a great way to enjoy a travel experience as you desire and in your own flexibility. It is a great experience to wander where you like and make new friends. Abu Dhabi is an excellent destination for solo travellers. Being one of the safest cities in the world for solo travelling as it has a very low crime rate, Abu Dhabi is a great destination for women to travel solo.
Here’s what you can do on a solo sojourn to Abu Dhabi.
- Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi
The newest attraction in Abu Dhabi is a stellar architectural marvel and a famous art museum – Louvre Abu Dhabi. It is an ideal place to enjoy some time appreciating art and culture of Western and Middle Eastern nature. Taking a solo trip to the museum is a great way to get an insight into the creativity of mankind and the cultural essence captured through architecture and paintings.
- Go Karting at Yas Marina Circuit
If you love speed then head to the Yas Marina Circuit at Yas Island. Gear up for the adrenaline rush that accelerates with mind-blowing speed on a go-karting session at Yas Kart Zone. Also, get behind the wheels of amazing race cars such as Aston Martin GT4 or Ferrari 458 GT4 and drive around the circuit for a few laps. Even if you just want a real experience in your dream car but not sure about your driving skills, you can fulfill your experience with passenger-side rides in some of the most magnificent cars.
- Enjoy quiet time at rooftop restaurants
Abu Dhabi has some exquisite collection of roof-top restaurants that offer uniquely scenic panoramas of Abu Dhabi. The Beach House Rooftop offers a cozy setting overlooking the sweeping vistas of the Arabian Sea. Relax @ 12 is perfect for a quiet night amid city and sea views. Other unique rooftop lounges that offer amazing dining experiences are Skylite and Up and below. Try an evening immersed in serenity where you can solely enjoy a fantastic sunset amid the hushed buzz of the city and the sea while enjoying your favourite chilled drink.
- Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This colossal and magnificent attraction is a cultural landmark of Abu Dhabi. One of the most popular places to visit in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Mosque is gloriously extensive. Take a tour of the largest mosque in the UAE where time would pass by marvelling at its grandeur. The pristine white walls, marble mosaic floors, beautiful motifs, and the grand chandeliers and longest carpet inside the mosque are some highlights of the mosque. Stays back till evening and you can catch this iconic landmark in an illuminated spectacle.
- Go city sightseeing
This capital city of UAE is brimming with cultural treasures and modern essence. A city tour will let you explore the city’s beautiful landmarks, architectural marvels and help you mingle with locals. Enjoy the architectural wonders of modern Abu Dhabi, admire the eloquent palace such as Qasr Al Watan Palace, stroll through traditional souks and sample some amazing Arabian street food. A city tour is an ideal way to get acquainted with this charming Arabian emirate.
- Enjoy a solo spa experience
Take some ‘me time’ for yourself and check out Abu Dhabi’s opulent spas. Spend some quality time pampering yourself with a wide range of wellness therapy to melt your stress away and feel rejuvenated. Splurge a bit and check out Mystic Moroccan Hammam at Emirates Palace Spa, Ayurvedic rituals at Iridium Spa and Polynesian wellness at Thalgo Spa. Get rich facials and deep tissue massages, wrap yourself in scented body scrubs and soak in scented baths and Jacuzzis to simply relax in a luxury spa experience.
- Take a serene walk down the Corniche Abu Dhabi
One of the most beautiful spots to visit in Abu Dhabi is the Corniche. The beautiful 8-kilometre stretch of wide promenade flanked by the silvery sandy beaches and azure waters offers a tranquil ambiance to relax and enjoy the day. The view of the city skyline is spectacular and a stroll or even a cycle tour on this stretch would make your stress-free and content.
- Explore the street food scene
Your trip to Abu Dhabi is incomplete without exploring the street food scene. The heady mix of aromas in the air and the flavoursome variety of mouthwatering dishes will leave you spoilt for choices. Treat your taste buds to an extraordinary experience with delicious Shawarmas, Manakeesh, Kebabs, Sambouseks, and Moutabal. The Middle Eastern flavours will linger in your mind for a long long time.
- Do a good deed by volunteering
Abu Dhabi offers tourists to volunteer for various charities and you could sign up for one while you are in Abu Dhabi. Take some time out from your solo trip and join in for charity service for humanitarian or animal welfare causes. Abu Dhabi has many volunteering communities such as Paws for thought, Operation Smile, K9 Friends to name a few. It is a different experience to witness on a holiday and you will also feel content for doing your share of good work to make the world a better place.
- Try some adventure sports
For adventure lovers, Abu Dhabi has a load of options to get that surge of an adrenaline kick. Right from desert adventure sports to water sports, there are so many things to do alone in Abu Dhabi for those looking for an adventurous escape. Try sandboarding, desert quad biking and dune bashing experiences on an Abu Dhabi desert safari. Head to Al Ain for an extreme adventure experience of White Water Rafting. You can also try out kitesurfing at Yas Island and Al Dabayyah and surfing at Saadiyat Island.
Essential tips for solo travellers visiting Abu Dhabi
- To make your solo travel holiday pleasant and hassle-free, it is best to keep some points in mind during your Abu Dhabi trip.
- First and foremost, one should be aware that Abu Dhabi is an Islamic emirate and is very strict about its law, customs and traditions. Hence it is best to adhere to the traditions of locals so that you will avoid any unnecessary stressful situations. Honour customs if you are travelling to Abu Dhabi during the holy month of Ramadan.
- Always maintain the dress code, especially for women solo travellers. Always dress modestly in public places and sacred religious places so that you do not hurt the sentiments of the locals and offend them. Cover your shoulders and legs or carry a cardigan or shawl and wear long pants if you are unaware of what to wear during your visit.