Since we were in Dubai for only a few days, we decided make a day trip out of visiting neighbouring emirate Abu Dhabi. It is an hour and a half by taxi from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the largest mosque in the country in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Like many things in the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is extremely lavish and extravagant. You can see that every detail was scrutinized and a lot of money was spent on bringing the late UAE president's vision to life. The mosque is meant to be enjoyed by the people, so entrance and an hour-long guided tour are free.
As it is a mosque, you are expected to wear loose clothing that covers your arms and legs, and women should also cover their hair. Abayas and kandouras are provided in case you don't have anything with you to cover up.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum had recently opened when we were there. Artwork from around the world are featured, including some important works on loan from its namesake in Paris. The building itself is a work of art; it appears as if it is a large dome floating on water. Light filters through the patterned dome meant to represent sunlight passing through date palm leaves.