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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

Best Option for Abu Dhabi trip from Dubai

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!

Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Syed, 07/05/2019

Amazing experience with great tour guide Sammy.

We booked the half day tour to the Abu Dhabi mosque and had the pleasure of having Sammy as our tour guide. I highly recommend booking with this company as they are extremely professional and friendly. Pickup and drop off was timely and was straight to our hotel. There was also excellent communication between the the tour company and the mosque. It was very informative, Sammy took excellent pictures for us too. (He knew the best spots and angles for great photos) They provided us with abayas and cold refreshments throughout the trip. Cannot fault this trip at all. Thank you.

The best dune rides ever, couldn't have asked for more

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.

Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ and Camel Riding Reviewed by Lwelani Lerato, 07/15/2019

Exhilarating, fun and highly recommended desert safari

Our guide Hamza was prompt, professional and friendly. The vehicle was clean and air conditioned. The dune bashing was exhilarating but we felt safe with Hamza at the wheel. During the sabdboarding Hamza was a patient teacher and we all had great fun. The day was finished with camel riding and trying some traditional clothing. At no time were we rushed or pressured into doing anything. This trip made great memories for our family and would highly recommend it.

Great Guide And Driver, whistle stop tour well worth doing.

Visited Ferrari World, Yazz Island (boat,) carpet "museum" Photo opportunities, Lunch and the Mosque. We were picked up at our hotel by a car and transferred to the coach in Dubai City. Everything was excellent, just 2 things could be looked at? the timings, 2 sets of times were sent to me but the driver turned up in between these times. Lunch, not everyone wants a "eat all you can" lunch.

Abu Dhabi City Tour with 1-Hour Yacht Ride Reviewed by Ian, 07/18/2019