The final episode of my trip was Abu Dhabi, from where I will take my flight back home tomorrow. I had two days left, however the first morning was basically consumed by the travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by metro, intercity bus shuttle and taxi. In the afternoon, I did an extended walking tour along the Corniche promenade to the Breakwater with the Marina Mall and the Heritage Village, to the fabulous Emirates Palace hotel and then (already after sunset) back through the busy and crowded city to my stay.
In the morning of the second day I had booked a short desert “safari” with dune bashing (riding sand dunes in a 4-wheel drive car with an experienced driver), camel riding and sand boarding in a desert area around 80km from Abu Dhabi. This was fun, but got boring soon, and with a small group the tour took less time than expected,. So I was back in the city before noon already and could spend the rest of the day cruising the various remaining sights not reachable within walking distance by using the sightseeing bus. This included a stop by the Etihad Towers observation deck, a drive by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a stop at Manarat al Saadiyat (a new luxury suburb with big plans, for example subsidiaries of famous museums like Louvre or Guggenheim), and a longer tour to Yas Island with the Formula 1 circuit and other facilities like Ferrari World, Yas waterworld, and luxury hotels, as well as the early stage buildings of the prototype environment-friendly Masdar city. In Masdar city, I also stopped to ride the autonomous electric cars and walk around the first completed block of the city with a couple of information terminals about the endeavour. In the evening, I finished my Abu Dhabi experience with visiting the Abu Dhabi mall.