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.
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- 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
We booked this for our first day in Abu Dhabi, not realising how tired we'd be from the flight out. After a quick power nap in our hotel, we dragged ourselves to the harbour in the scorching heat, feeling reluctant about whether we'd enjoy it. After being warmly greeted by our captain, we soon found our senses lifted as the fresh sea air cut through the hot, humid day. With the wind blowing in our faces, and the occasional splash of salty sea spray, we had an absolute blast. If you're looking for the best view of Abu Dhabi's coastline, along with a splash of excitement, I highly recommend this experience... Thank you for such a great start to our holiday!
Perfect organization of the entire tour & great activities and stops including camel riding, dune bashing, Quad driving in the dusk!!, sand boarding, dancing & amazing photo stops. Could not have been better. AND please choose Biju as a tour guide. Such a nice, safe, polite & professional guide. Biju is also one of the best smartphone photographers you will find! He makes such great pictures - better than many professional photographers. It is the best way to keep that memories & let your instagram profile rise!! Book it & him!
We were picked up on time and taken to our vehicle for transport to Abu Dhabi and Hamid was very constructive in pointing out everything en route. The mosque was our first visit and my wife and the other female guests were supplied with very decorative black dress which was a cut above other tour operators, so well done to you. Each place we visited was awesome and any visitor could see the results of the oil dollar. I would recommend your company to anyone who were thinking about doing the trip to Abu Dhabi.
The delightful driver was on time so beware if you think you might not have to wait. First we went to the camel farm and fed the animals, then sand bashing, take travel sickness pills if you suffer, then sand surfing. At the farm where the camel rides took place there was an amazingly clean and working loo area. I do suffer from travel sickness really badly but the driver was very sweet and considerate. The whole expedition was extremely well run and efficient. Would recommend.
A great day trip to Abu Dhabi!!! Everything perfectly organized and very well explained by the tour guide Noor. Through him you get to know everything worth knowing about the very impressive buildings in very good English. We also liked the "small" travel group of only 6 people, as the day was much more personal. All in all a top excursion to get an impression of this city!