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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

This is the best trip you can can’t to Abu Dhabi for reasonable price

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.

Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Julia, 04/15/2019

Very good tour. Just the right amount of time at the mosque and museum

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.

From Dubai: Grand Mosque & Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/14/2019

Awesome!!! Imran is a fantastic Driver and tour guide !!

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 !!

Fantastic day trip to two must see highlights of Abu Dhabi

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.

Well organised and our guide was fantastic

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.

Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Sarah, 04/09/2019