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.
- LanguageArabic, English
- CurrencyAED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
- Time ZoneUTC (+04:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visitTake a leisurely trip during the cooler months between November and February
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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi
I highly recommend. I don’t know where these bad opinions come from. We are very satisfied with the trip. The bus came on time to pick up us right from our hotel (not listed above but for free). We went quickly to Abu Dhabi, our guide was very kind and gave plenty of information. The car was air-conditioned and we received complimentary water. The program of the trip was great, we saw basically everything worth-seeing, the time was accurate, not too long, not too short, we weren’t tired. The first stop - Ferrari world- is a waste of time, we had only 25 min and we didn’t manage to see anything - this is the only weak point of the program. Next we went to the Grand Mosque. The guide gave us abajas to wear for free. It’s the most important part of the trip. The only regret is we could stay longer in the Mosque because and 1 hour is too short. We also saw Eithad Towers for free inside although it’s not written in the description, you can take photos of everything from above.
Guide very knowledgeable and well organised. No time wasted and just the right amount of time at the mosque and the museum. Would use the same company again.
Everyone should go on a desert safari while in Abu Dhabi !!! Perfectly organized , great service , wonderful food and we had a great guide and driver - Imran wonderful person he does more than you expect him to and takes the best photos in the world. Thank you Imran for everything and see you again !!
We have had a great day with our guide Faisal Rizwan who was very open and friendly and gave a lot of interesting information on Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the sites we visited. The grand mosque is really impressively beautiful and the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum with its architecture and briljant art collection through all times was also fantastic to visit. A must do trip for all travelers.
We had a great trip to Abu Dhabi. Our guide, Mohammed Iqbal, was very engaging and incredibly passionate about his faith and the UAE. He was incredibly knowledgeable and loved answering everyone’s questions. He really looked after the whole party and we felt like his personal guests for the day. The Mosque was amazing to see and we also loved the surprise trip up the Etihad towers. I’d definitely recommend this trip and make sure you ask for Mohammed Iqbal as he really made it such a memorable day.