Under $100: Abu Dhabi

by Katie Skrzek

Nov 9, 2015

Gate to Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates © Patryk Kosmider | Dreamstime

Under $100

Abu Dhabi is a luxurious destination full of striking modern buildings and over-the-top experiences. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is not particularly known for being a cheap locale. Check out our recommendations for visiting the city on a budget.


The Corniche, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates © Patryk Kosmider | Dreamstime 40858412

The Corniche © Patryk Kosmider | Dreamstime


Start your morning at whEAT at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a sweet pastry or a hearty breakfast sandwich for about $9. Go for a stroll along the Corniche and experience Abu Dhabi’s stunning coastline. You’ll get a great view of the beaches and can window-shop along the way. Make your way to Saadiyat Island and take advantage of the free beaches.


Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates © Lupolucis | Dreamstime 51358832

Sheikh Zayed Mosque © Lupolucis | Dreamstime


Grab a quick bite for lunch at Shawarma Time. Order a tasty sandwich, platter or daily special for about $10. Tour Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Entry is free for the popular landmark. Keep in mind: The mosque is a place of worship and dress code is strictly enforced.


Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates © Oleg Zhukov | Dreamstime 42305111

Emirates Palace © Oleg Zhukov | Dreamstime


For contemporary Japanese cuisine in Abu Dhabi, look no further than KOI. Crispy rice with tuna and hamachi are standouts. Dinner costs $40–45. End your evening with a stroll through the lavish Emirates Palace. While the hotel might break your budget for an overnight stay, a visit to the stunning property comes at no cost. If you have money left in your daily budget, stop by one of the hotel’s bars for a nightcap.


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates © Slava296 | Dreamstime 42777501

© Slava296 | Dreamstime


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