The dome Abu Dhabi is an indoor football field that can be rented out for an hour or two at a time. Great if you want to kick around with friends or if you want to organize a game. The pitch is good quality and all, and the indoor aspect of it helps combat fatigue from the lovely conditions outside. Goals are not official size, but they are big enough. The only problems are that it gets very crowded, and it's also quite expensive to rent the whole thing, and renting half won't allow you to have a game with more than 10 people. Either way, give it a try as it's probably the best football rental pitch in the city for it's price.
Ok though they make the shawarma in a very un-orthodox way, you would probably agree that it's the best shawarma in town. They use a thick Arabic pita bread to make the sandwich, and the sauce is just great. Another plus is that it opens much earlier than most shawarma places in town. Decently priced too, give it a try.
Ok for those of you living near bayn al jasrayn or um al nar, this place can be quite helpful. Now if you are looking for something healthy and gourmet, look away. This is pure fast food. Not only that, this place makes Mcdonalds look like the Cordon bleau. But...if you are looking for something cheap and easy, this is definitely your place. For fifteen dirhams you can get delivered to your house a burger, some fries, a drink, and some nuggets. Give these guys a call if you feel like pigging out for cheap
Working out at the Shagrila gym is expensive, but it's definitely worth it. Especially one trainer, her name is San San. She is an excellent coach, and she can help you really with anything, whether it be weight loss or muscle building or just pure fitness. Only problem is the sessions are kind of expensive, but if you have the money to spend on the gym, give San San a try, and not to mention the amazing Shangrilla gym
Al Forsan is probably the best thing that has happened to Abu Dhabi in terms of outdoor and sports entertainment. The place actually has a lot, definitely more that one can do in a day. They have a shooting range with all types of weapons to shoot, including a high caliber sniper rifle. There is also archery and a simulation game for those under 18. They also have two paint ball arenas, probably the best paintballing in the city as well. For water sports lovers, they have wakeboarding, where they attach a cord to a machine that allows you wake board in an artificial river. Forget all of that though, their money maker is the go karting track, which is the best I've been to in the entire country so far. It definitely beats the yas karting. It's almost never full too, you will always get a place driving next to around 10-15 other people. Al forsan does have one flaw though, and it's a very big one, the place is EXPENSIVE. I mean really expensive. You need to pay like a hundred just to get in. You can use some of that entry fee as a discount for some of the activities, but then you still need to pay for those. If you have money to spend, definitely give this place a visit, if not, i'd recommend getting a coupon or two.
Iv'e never really tried their chocolates, but they have a great restaurant. First of all their menu has many options, and most of them taste good. I usually go for breakfast, and they are probably one of the only places in Abu Dhabi that can make good eggs and bacon. Probably one of the main issues they have is the service. Not that the staff aren't friendly and all, but it takes quite a long time to get the food to the table. The place can also get pretty expensive if you came for more than a tea. Overall, good lunch or breakfast experience.
Gulf Pastry have the best take away pastries in the city. Cheese and zaatar are their best options, and they are very decently priced. Make sure to eat them hot, as that is when they are at their most delicious.
When comparing it to the olive garden in the states, it may be pretty average. But when you are looking at it through the perspective of Abu Dhabi restaurants, it's pretty good. The service is excellent and the staff are very friendly. The food doesn't take too long to come, and you never feel yourself looking for a server. The appetizers are delicious, be careful as they might fill you up on their own. When ordering a main go for something Italian, obviously it is their specialty. All in all great place for lunch or dinner, that is adequately priced for it's class.
Enrico is one of the best suit shops in town. First of all, it's the only shop iv'e been to that sells both tuxedos and suits. (or even knows the difference for that matter) The suits are of superb quality, and they are very decently priced. The staff are very helpful, and they usually are able to finish the tailoring ahead of schedule. Enrico also has a great deal of other clothes based on the season, and you will definitely walk out of there feeling a lot more classy
It's about time they opened cinemas in Wahda mall. Now the cinema itself is ok, but I feel as it could be much better. I'm comparing it directly to cineroyal in khalidiyah, grand cinemas in abu dhabi mall, and vox in marina. It's very crowded, and I don't feel as the set up of the cinema is capable of such a big crowd. The cinemas themselves are decently sized, but they sometimes smell like a mixture of feet and cleaning chemicals. The lights on the stairs are more than often not working and the seats sometimes squeak. The cinema maintenance is below average, especially for a cinema that just recently opened. The snack bar is average, and the line is quite long. In comparison to the other cinemas in town, this place is pretty average
Muhanad is a tennis coach in Abu Dhabi, who usually coaches between the Hilton hotel and Marina village. He has a lot of experience as a coach and is a great player himself. While most of his students are no longer beginners, he is perfect for getting into the sport and learning it the proper way. He mixes technique with fitness and is also very good with children.
Great men's hair saloon in town, decently priced, and you get a very good cut. The owner of the shop, Ali, is a very friendly guy, and has a lot of experience as a barber. The barbers are very friendly and helpful, and it really is an easy experience. Call and make an appointment, you'll find that they will usually be able to have you whatever time works for you. A great mens hair saloon
Al Ghazal is a godsend. While they do offer simple taxi service, sometimes one is looking for something more, and Al ghazal provides. With them you can order a car with a chaufer of basically any class. They can handle the complicated situations especially well. All you have to do is give them a call, tell them the time, the place, as well as how many people and they will do the rest. You want to rent a bus to Dubai and back, easy peasy. You want to take someone across town in a 7 series for 60 dirhams or less, you got it!
Etisalat probably does have it all, but coordinating with them is a pain. If you have any sort of technical problem with your phone, be ready to wait in line at one of their extremely busy kiosks to be greeted by a man who may or may not know how to fix it. If you are looking for a good tv provider, I recommend sticking with OSN, and Al Jazeera for sports. The internet is the worst. Once it's up and running it's alright, but getting to that stage is a nuisance, and good luck getting it fixed if something goes wrong, as it really is difficult to get the problem solved over the phone, and it takes ages for them to send someone over. Etisalat has some work to do.
The seating is good enough as it is, on the cornice beach with indoor or outdoor seating options. The café serves all kinds of healthy cuisine, that is both yummy and filling. They have great smoothies, and if I had to personally recommend a dish or two I would say try their sandwiches, specifically the egg and mayo, and for desert try their carrot cake.
Ansari exchange is probably the most reliable branch of currency exchange in Abu Dhabi. They have shops all over town, and in key places too. It's usually quick and efficient, and the staff for the most part are pretty friendly. Their money transfer system is pretty effective too. Bring all the correct details, and the clerk will have you done in five minuets. If you need a quick currency exchange or money transfer, this is probably the place to go
I came here once with a friend, and I had mixed impressions. First of all, their pharmacy and other facilities are pretty good. The doctors know what they are doing and the staff are quite helpful. The only negative of this hospital, and I can't emphasize the term negative enough, is their handling of appointments. If you can get an appointment, sometimes it counts for something, sometimes not. But if you don't have an appointment, expect to spend more than half of your day waiting to see a doctor. They are really unorganized, and pretty ill-equipped to handle the traffic they receive.
Vox cinemas is incredible! Tickets are decently priced at 35 dirhams for a standard ticket, and the snack bar really is an experience in itself. Their choices, size options, and general taste are superb. Though you have the option of getting chicken nuggets, hot dogs, nachos, and more, I would say just get a popcorn, as you really won't find better tasting popcorn. The movie timings are great, and each cinema is of appropriate size. The sound and picture quality is amazing, and you really could fall asleep on those chairs. The only complaint I would have is the often disrespectful behavior of some movie goers, whether it be their talking or excessive use of telephones. Perhaps the cinema should do a better job of combatting such behavior. All in all though, I am yet to experience a better cinemas experience in the country, and pretty much any where iv'e been in the world.
Burger Bureau is in my opinion Abu Dhabi's best burger restaurant. Though it isn't exactly priced similarly to a burger joint, the burgers and starters will make you leave with a smile. The starters include mozerella sticks, chicken strips, halepenjo poppers, and more. They have a create your own burger style of ordering, with your choice of beef, chicken, or vegetarian burgers. You can choose from a number of sides ranging from sauces to vegetables to bacon and eggs. I would tell you about desert if I had ever tried it, but I always leave extremely full and satisfied from the town's best burger.
Sho Cho probably has the best sushi in Abu Dhabi. The setting is nice on the beach of the Shangrilla souq, especially at night when it's breezy. Their food is really good. I really wasn't much of a sushi eater prior to coming here, but the chef definitely changed my mind. They also have some great dishes if you aren't much of a sushi lover, like their beef options. I would recommend coming here with your friends or spouse, as it's setting isn't really kid friendly.
I'm not going to give them too much grief because it is actually a food court type restaurant here in Abu Dhabi, but it certainly isn't priced that way. You have pizza hut, dominos, and pizza way in town that serve MUCH better pizza. Their pasta is bland to say the least, and paying thirty+ dirhams for a tiny bowl really isn't worth it. Their pizza's are decently priced at around 10-12 dirhams a piece, but it's nothing that I would drive half way across town for. One positive though, they serve snapples which is rare to find in a food court.
Ok, i'll admit it's nice that I don't have to go to Burger King to get a burger anymore, but Shake Shack really is a waste of money. The only actual complaint I would have to make of the food itself, is that the burgers are too greasy and very small. However the main issue is the price. You have to pay more that fifty dirhams for a hand sized burger, with a tiny portion of fries and a small drink. Unless you enjoy throwing your money around, I wouldn't recommend coming here too often. Take your money and go to fuds or gran central for a better deal, and better food.
Oh Hatam, what happened to you? Hatam used to be the best middle eastern cuisine restaurant in the city a few years back, but I've been there a couple of times recently, and I was not impressed. First of all, their signature bread that is served at the beginning is basically always burnt. Their chicken tastes pretty much like it was grilled by my little brother, and the kebab is awfully under done. The cold mezzah is really good though, i'll give them that. Recently they have been opening up Hatam's as branches in the food court of malls, I strongly recommend that you eat their, as it is cheaper and would save you the disappointment of eating such average food at an actual restaurant.
If I had to use a word to describe Chili's in Abu Dhabi, I would say average. Don't get me wrong, they have a few strong points like their friendly staff, amazing options, and fun atmosphere. However when it comes to the food itself, really nothing special. The food dosen't have any unique flavor to it, and sometimes my meal is even burnt. I would say that that the grilled chicken is usually pretty good, but that's it really. And trust me, they definitely aren't setting any land speed records for how long it takes to bring your food. I'd say that the price is ok, but for the same price you could go to fudruckers or any other burger joint in town with the same cuisine, but much better food.