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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.


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

Amazing guide wich made the experience even better, thank you!

Great guide, good explanation, spent time with me to help me getting an understanding on the country, had a beautiful jouney

Abu Dhabi: Sunset Camel Trek & Barbecue Dinner Reviewed by Diane, 02/11/2019

Very informative. The mosque is beautiful

We had a very good driver and our guide was very knowledgeable. Gave us so much good information now can go on line and review. Thank you so much. Shukran lak. As-salamu ‘alaykum.

wonderful ride, mainly because of the very good and nice driver.

Our very safe and very nice driver Fayis made the trip an unforgettable experience. Being a little bit dissabled, he even took care of a chair during the performance. The tour itself was very nice, but I would like to spent a little bit more time at the camel farm and maybe a little less time at the dance performance.

My previous desert safari was awesome. This one was even better!

I price & review checked desert safaris, and decided to try GetYourGuide. They connected me with OceanAir Travels. Our driver and guide was Imran. I have met many travel guides, and I think Imran was one or the best. He spoke perfect English, was knowledgeable of the city & sites, continuously checked if we were comfortable & enjoying the tour, and most importantly(?!) took great pictures of my family. He was not afraid to take burst shots, compose shots, panorama shots, which all turned out great. He was not pushy, but politely suggested various choices we could take during the tour. I highly recommend GetYourGuide, OceanAir, and Imran for your Dubai or Abu Dhabi desert tours.

The rides, service and size of park is excellent.

Our family travel from Australia to attend Asian Cup. During the break of the game, we went to Yas water world. My son, daughter even my husband had so much fun at park. The staff were so friendly. The rides, The roller coaster were so good. We also went to Atlatis water world, Aquaventure in.Dubai. My son think the Yas water world is far better than aquaventure.

Abu Dhabi: Yas Waterworld General Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/24/2019