Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Layovers can sometimes be a tricky thing. There’s always the concern of should you leave the airport or not. Typically, my rule of thumb is if I have at least 6 hours or more, especially in a new country, I opt to leave the airport. Obviously, having mere hours in a country isn’t ideal but it’s more exciting than sitting in an airport for hours on end. On my way to South Africa, I had a 14 hour layover in Abu Dhabi. I was really excited about seeing a bit of the country but due my layover being at night, I didn’t do as much as perhaps I could have. After I cleared customs and exchanged a bit of money, I headed to my hotel. I opted to stay at the Premier Inn because it’s attached to the airport. It could not have been  more convenient. After I dropped my backpack off, I headed out to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is the 3rd largest mosque in the world. It closes daily at 10 pm and I left my hotel around 9:15 pm so time was of the essence. The mosque was about 15 minutes away. Continue reading “Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates”