x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Abu Dhabi delights that didn't make the guidebooks

Our list of Abu Dhabi's less obvious spots you probably won't find on a tourist map.

Our list of Abu Dhabi's less obvious spots you probably won't find on a tourist map.

Kayaking the mangroves

Abu Dhabi's mangroves are located just off Salaam Street. Exploring them by kayak with companies such as Noukhada is easy and reasonably priced.

Qaryat Al Beri balconies

There's no better place to relax than on the terrace of Pearls & Caviar (or any balcony in the Qaryat Al Beri complex) as the sunset highlights the Grand Mosque.

The fish market at Al Mina Port

A taste of old Abu Dhabi can be found in the chaotic fish market, where you pick a freshly landed fish and have a neighbouring restaurant cook it for you on the spot.

Worldly, low-cost restaurants

People of almost every country represented in the UAE have brought their unique cuisines with them to serve their compatriots and adventurous foreigners for just a few dirhams.

The beach on Lulu Island

If you have a boat (or, better, a friend with a boat) the sheltered Gulf coast of the island is a little piece of paradise still close to the capital. Just stick to the beach.