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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

Exciting trip very interesting and our guide was so informative. thnxs

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

Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Half-Day Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/09/2019

Amazing trip through the largest sand desert on Earth

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.

We can’t recommend this trip enough, a ‘must do’ in AbuDhabi!

The trip has exceeded our expectations. Our driver was so professional and approachable, very helpful and has helped us to take some incredible photos. The buffet dinner had an excellent choice of foods and the entertainment was excellent. We went during the month of Ramadan and we still didn’t feel like missed out on anything, the shows provided at the dessert were very good good and well thought through. Fantastic value for money, nothing negative to add - we can’t recommend this tour enough!

great day visiting the best of abu dhabi

Today we were on tour visiting Abu Dhabi from Dubai with our guide Irfan Khan. We booked the Mosque, Qasr al Watan palace & Etihad towers tour, and we loved it !!! Irfan was really kind and helpful, offering us the choice staying with us during the visits or visiting by our own and giving us all the explanations before and after the visit which was really appreciated. We had all the time we wanted and all the informations about these great places. We recommand that tour and Irfan for sure.

Fantastic and Exhilarating, ten out of ten.

This is a fantastic safari which my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. Imran our driver was great and an extremely skilful dune driver, albeit scary at times but exciting. Everything about this safari was exceptionally well done and represented very good value, plus hotel pick up and return was convenient. There was nothing I could fault about the entire safari.