While the spotlight shines on Dubai, I feel Abu Dhabi might have more to offer in terms of attractions. At least for families and those who might not want to shop till they drop.
I had to cover up before I was permitted entry to the mosque itself
First up, my favorite cultural landmark is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It's stunning. It is a working place of worship and much like St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, there are some rules to follow in presenting one's self.
WOW is it worth covering up to see the mosque!!!
For example, I have too many tattoos for the entry team's liking so I was offered a garment to wear during my visit and shoes aren't really welcome.
A unique display of Ferrari's history in the heart of the Middle East, with rides!
Abu Dhabi is also the home of Ferrari World, not Dubai. The first time I visited in 2013 it was closed for renovations, thankfully I was able to return in early 2014 and got more than my fill of exotic cars and really, really fast roller coasters!!!