What’s the difference between Dubai & Abu Dhabi?
Some destinations will always get pitted against one another. In this series, two passionate writers go head-to-head to explain why you should visit their chosen destination.
Just how different are Dubai and Abu Dhabi?
While only a little over an hour’s drive from each other on the country’s Persian Gulf coast, these two major metropolises are distinctly different.
So which is the best? Let’s hear the arguments from two writers before you decide.
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world at 828 meters © Fraser Hall / Getty Images
Why Dubai is more fun
Lonely Planet Editor-at-Large Sebastian Modak’s idea of a good time is asking a Dubai cab driver where to get lunch. And then, after a delicious meal, asking the employees at that restaurant where he should go for dinner.
I could take the easy route here by listing all the superlatives attached to Dubai. In a single afternoon, you can take an elevator to the top of the world’s tallest building, hit your 10,000 steps in the world’s largest shopping mall and even glide down the world’s largest indoor ski slope. You can ride the world’s largest Ferris wheel and then kick back in “the world’s only seven-star hotel.” You ask why, Dubai answers, “Because we can.”
TOP LEFT: Buildings in Al Fahidi Historic District © Lara Brunt / Lonely Planet; TOP…
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