Top attractions 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
After visiting Marina Mall, head to the Corniche outside. Recharge your batteries with a relaxing stroll or bike ride along this stunningly beautiful promenade.
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.
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!
Accompanying the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this stunning circuit offers racing enthusiasts amazing opportunities to look behind the scenes or race around the track.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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- Take a leisurely trip during the cooler months between November and February
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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi
This activity was without a doubt the highlight of our stay in Abu Dhabi/Dubai. Our guide Munir was pretty silent, but a great driver and helpful whenever we needed him or asked something. After Munir came to pick us up, we started our trip to the desert outside of Abu Dhabi. First of all, we saw a few camels at a camel farm and took some pictures with them. Afterwards, Munir started driving through the sand dunes. This activity felt like an amazing rollercoaster and with Munir's driving skills we never had the impression of being in any danger. We did a stop in between the two parts of the dune driving to take a few pictures in the middle of the desert. After the dune driving, we went to a traditional Arabian camp where we drove a quad through the dunes ourselves and ate a semi-traditional buffet. Unfortunately, there were no dancers or music due to Ramadan. We also had other activities at the camp, like wearing traditional garments, sandboarding, shisha smoking, etc.
I booked my trip for Abu Dhabi as I'm staying in Dubai and came here on a solo trip. Recieved confirmation from ocean air travels prior to the tour and the vehicle reached my hotel exactly at 8:35 am as it was mentioned. Had a great trip, thanks to tour guide Mr. Usama who kept everyone interested with all the knowledgable details. Mr. Usama turned out to be a great guide and I'd recommend everyone to book this tour with him. The tour was a success with the grand mosque, royal area, qasr al watan palace. The surprise after lunch was especially amazing which took us to the 74th floor of Etihad towers. You should definitely go for this tour and pick Mr. Usama as your guide if you are looking for a trip in and around Abu Dhabi in a single day. I really appreciate Mr. Usama for helping with the pictures too, even more as a solo traveler. Nice job!
Our guide was Biju, wow what an amazing human being. Always communicating important information to us so we never lost in the desert, we knew exactly what was coming up all the way on this excursion, I like that he was on time too. Biju is very helpful and very considerate, hot as it is in he made sure that we are always taking water , you know like a mother carrying for her family. The dune ride was mind-blowing. The highlight for me was when my camera ran out of storage he captured beautiful memories for me and sent to me, thank you, this experience was worth every penny.
This was a full half a day but many sites to see along the way and it very interesting long day but it was an amazing tour very thorough the guide was wonderful and all the people on it were great it was really actually fun to get dressed up and partake in traditional traditions in order to enter the mask and learn all about it very authentic experience enjoyed it we do it again
We chose this activity because we wanted to visit Dubai for one day to see its most important landmarks and get to know its history and culture a bit better. While our guide was friendly and tried his best to make the activity more enjoyable, we felt like it could have been organized much better and like there was much wasted potential.