Hostels and Cheap Places to stay in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Get to know Abu Dhabi (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Abu Dhabi. To help you make friends with Abu Dhabi before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is one of the seven emirates and the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is one of the most-visited cities in the Middle East and millions of travelers transit through this city and its airport each year.

“From Abu Dhabi to the World” is the slogan from Etihad Airlines, and this is also the main reason for most people to visit Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the biggest transit airports in the world. Many flight from the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia have a connecting flight in Abu Dhabi. But Abu Dhabi is more than just an airport; even though Abu Dhabi does not have the same number of prestigious projects as neighbouring Dubai, there are quite a few things to see in Abu Dhabi. Dubai is also only two hours away from Abu Dhabi, so many travelers visiting Dubai choose to combine their trip with Abu Dhabi.

The hostel scene is relatively new in the Middle East. Only recently has this area gotten options for hostels in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This means that the choice is limited if you wish to stay in a hostel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. As the competition is low, prices vary a lot in the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates hostels. Far in advance the prices are higher, while the prices drop if your chosen Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates hostel does not fill up quickly.

Places worth seeing in Abu Dhabi are spread out over the city. The best location to book an Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates hostel is between the Corniche area and the central bus station. This can be considered the centre of Abu Dhabi with most shops, nice tall buildings, and the nice Corniche boulevard along the Persian Gulf. Some sites such as Ferrari World, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the Formula 1 Circuit are further away and you will need to take a bus or taxi to reach those. If you want to visit Dubai, you can consider booking an extra night in Abu Dhabi and going there for a day trip, as Dubai is only two hours away by bus. On the other hand, if you do not find a hostel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, that suits your wishes, you could consider booking a hostel in Dubai and visiting Abu Dhabi for a day trip.

Written by local enthusiast for Abu Dhabi hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Abu Dhabi hostels Martin Straatman

Your Packing List for Abu Dhabi

Your Packing List for Abu Dhabi

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Abu Dhabi and United Arab Emirates.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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