We were in Abu Dhabi for a short 1½ day stay and went around town in a rented vehicle and taxi. From the vehicle, we recorded some scenes of modern downtown Abu Dhabi.
The heritage village is a cultural centre which re-create a traditional desert village and gives an insight into former life style of the UAE. Within the walled complex, you’ll find a fort, a souq, a mosque, ox-drawn well and an open museum. There are tents with campfires brewing tea. You’ll find workshop and exhibits of local arts such as weaving, glass blowing, metal works and pottery crafts. It’s just like any other cultural centre showcasing the country’s culture. Entrance is free.
We ended our tour of Abu Dhabi at Marina Mall which is within walking distance from the Heritage Village. From the former traditional lifestyle we hop over to the reality of the 21st century. Marina Mall is like any other up scale mall elsewhere.
From the Iranian Souk we headed for the Heritage Village not after passing through the majestic Emirates Palace hotel. Like the Yas Viceroy hotel we literally drove pass the door steps and the hotel grounds. With Rolls Royce parked in-front of the hotel, you can guess what the room rates would be like. From the steps of the hotel, you’ll get a nice view of downtown Abu Dhabi.