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The best things to see and do in Abu Dhabi

As the world's richest city, Abu Dhabi breaks all the records. Visitors from around the world flock there to bask in its luxury and take advantage of the myriad opportunities for leisure. Here are 10 exclusive treasures awaiting you there.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

With minarets over 100 meters tall, 82 domes of white marble and one of the world's largest hand-knotted carpets, the world-famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque is awe-inspiring to say the least.

Yas Island
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Yas Island

Whether you want to stay in a luxurious hotel, watch the Formula One Grand Prix, or chase thrills at a water park, Yas Island is the entertainment and leisure world that has it all.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World is the world's largest indoor theme park. Among its many exhilarating rides it boasts the Formula Rossa, which at 150mph is the world's fastest roller coaster.

Marina Mall
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Marina Mall

You could easily spend days at the Marina Mall. Aside from some of the best shopping in the world, it also houses an observatory, an ice rink, a bowling alley, and the famous musical fountains.

The Corniche

The Corniche

After visiting Marina Mall, head to the Corniche outside. Recharge your batteries with a relaxing stroll or bike ride along this stunningly beautiful promenade.

Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island

Still under construction, Saadiyat Island is set to become paradise on earth: a miniature city offering the greatest possible mix of leisure, business and culture.

Abu Dhabi Mall
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Abu Dhabi Mall

If you're in need of some retail therapy, head over to the amazing Abu Dhabi Mall. With more than 200 stores, your shopping needs will most definitely be satisfied!

Yas Island Marina Circuit

Yas Island Marina Circuit

Accompanying the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this stunning circuit offers racing enthusiasts amazing opportunities to look behind the scenes or race around the track.

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

When it was built, this opulent, 7-star hotel was the most expensive hotel in the world, costing $3 billion! Its private beach is nearly a mile long and its grounds span 85 hectares.

Capital Gate
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Capital Gate

Inclined at a whole 18 degrees, Abu Dhabi's Capital Gate has stolen the Leaning Tower of Pisa's claim to the world's most lopsided building!

Planning Your Abu Dhabi Visit

What to Wear

Keep in mind that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country and while visitors are not expected to follow religious dress codes, they should nonetheless dress with respect for local customs. Skirts and trousers should be knee-length or longer, and women should avoid tight-fitting clothes. Cleavage, midriff and upper arms should be covered. Shorts are only allowed on the beach and while bikinis are permitted, topless sunbathing is prohibited.

Ramadan

During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, eating and drinking in public is strictly forbidden. However, most hotels and clubs will serve food and beverages to foreigners. Over Ramadan, visitors should consider dressing extra conservatively outdoors.

Mind the Air-Con

Even though the weather in Abu Dhabi is generally very hot, it's a good idea to carry a jacket or sweater around with you, as indoor areas can get quite chilly due to air-conditioning.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic, English
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code

    • 971

  • Best time to visit
    Take a leisurely trip during the cooler months between November and February

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Great way to see Abu Dhabi's beautiful coastline

We booked this for our first day in Abu Dhabi, not realising how tired we'd be from the flight out. After a quick power nap in our hotel, we dragged ourselves to the harbour in the scorching heat, feeling reluctant about whether we'd enjoy it. After being warmly greeted by our captain, we soon found our senses lifted as the fresh sea air cut through the hot, humid day. With the wind blowing in our faces, and the occasional splash of salty sea spray, we had an absolute blast. If you're looking for the best view of Abu Dhabi's coastline, along with a splash of excitement, I highly recommend this experience... Thank you for such a great start to our holiday!

Abu Dhabi Guided Speedboat Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Kevin, 10/05/2019

Great & unique Experience!! Must Do in Abu Dhabi

Perfect organization of the entire tour & great activities and stops including camel riding, dune bashing, Quad driving in the dusk!!, sand boarding, dancing & amazing photo stops. Could not have been better. AND please choose Biju as a tour guide. Such a nice, safe, polite & professional guide. Biju is also one of the best smartphone photographers you will find! He makes such great pictures - better than many professional photographers. It is the best way to keep that memories & let your instagram profile rise!! Book it & him!

Exceptional service and amazing experience

Camel ride was amazing, sunset at the desert majestic, the coffee after the ride and the bbq dinner all perfectly set. The show and the belly dancing is quite entertaining and we all wanted to dance. Service provided was quite high standard. My driver Sanu picked me up from the hotel at the exact time as agreed and returned me back safe and healthy. Amazing full set of photos in the desert, the coffee scenery and the sunset. Have no negative things to say. Overall amazing experience. Highly recommended!!

Abu Dhabi: Sunset Camel Trek & Barbecue Dinner Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/15/2019

5☀️-Trip to Abu Dhabi with the excellent Tourguide Noor!

A great day trip to Abu Dhabi!!! Everything perfectly organized and very well explained by the tour guide Noor. Through him you get to know everything worth knowing about the very impressive buildings in very good English. We also liked the "small" travel group of only 6 people, as the day was much more personal. All in all a top excursion to get an impression of this city!

Fantastic tour of Abu Dhabi, & an exceptional tour guide.

The full day tour was excellent & well worth the money. Angelica the tour guide was excellent & is probably the best tour guide in UAE. Angelica was full of knowledge about our tour & could not have been more helpful. She gave everyone plenty of time for photos & made sure that everyone had a good tour.

Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Colin, 09/17/2019