As the first rays of the morning sun pervade through the night sky, spreading hues of gamboge, orange, pink and vermillion, UAE's national capital, Abu Dhabi lights up like a luminous bed of glass shards. With its glistening skyscrapers adding to an amazing skyline, the sight of dawn in this city is absolutely stunning with its beautiful cityscape that's a blend of traditional Arabian and modern skyscrapers.
Time of sunrise in Abu Dhabi: September to October - 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM November to January - 6:30 AM - 7:15 AM February to April - 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM May to August - 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Here is a list of 4 best vantage points to witness the spectacular sunrise in Abu Dhabi,
The blend of nature and divinity is undoubtedly the most surreal. What could be more wonderful than witnessing the best hour of the day while striding your way into some precious moments of spirituality! The view promises to calm down the stress inside you and helps you capture a whiff of peace. Believe it or not, the sunrise backdrop against this majestic mosque is simply amazing. Although visitor timings to the actual mosque start at 9 AM, you would just need the mosque as the backdrop to view the sunrise. Keep your cameras ready because this view calls for amazing photo opportunities.
Location: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi
Etihad Towers is a complex comprising of five stunning skyscrapers situated near the world-famous promenade, the Corniche. The towers offer some of the most breathtaking views of the city. With the towers open 24 x 7, you can get int here extra early to the top floors of the tower and witness the sunrise in Abu Dhabi with one of the best backdrops in the UAE, the capital city's futuristic landscape. It’s not just an amazing viewpoint to witness the daybreak, but also the scintillating cityscape during the night.
Location: Corniche West Street, Opposite Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
3. Emirates Palace
This luxury 5-star hotel is located opposite to the Etihad Towers. While the fancy interiors are sure to leave you awed, you’ll be even more stunned by the extravagant views it offers of the Arabian Gulf. The palace sits on the corner of the beachfront and hence provides with the most beautiful sight of the first light. What better way to view the sunrise in Abu Dhabi than from a former beach facing palace, right?
Location: West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi
4. The Corniche
The Corniche is basically an 8 km long stretch of road lined with lush green parks, lovely beaches, cycle and pedestrian pathways on either side. Be it starting off your day with some jog down the road or relaxing on the beach with the birds chirping in the background or spending time with your loved ones in the parks, the Corniche is sure to give you some of the prettiest sights of the day. How amazing does it sound to kick start your day with some books, sitting on a beach and enjoying the nature in its most pristine and nascent form? Corniche makes you believe in the beauty of it.
Even if you're a tourist or even a resident of Abu Dhabi, you must catch a glimpse of the beautiful sunrise in Abu Dhabi as it is set either amongst the background of the city, or the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf.