that it is richer than Dubai not only economically but also culturally. There are a huge number of things that you can see and do in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi offers several attractions and activities, from which you can pick those that match your tastes and interests. From culture to luxury to adventure, Abu Dhabi is a place that will leave you awestruck. With this note, let us take a look at the top 21 things to do in Abu Dhabi.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, initiated by the late President of UAE (Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan), is also his resting place. The mosque, which took 11 years to be completed, covers an area of 30 acres of land and is the largest mosque in the UAE and the eighth largest in the world. The mosque is built in marble but also consists of elements made of gold, crystals, semi-precious stones, ceramic, etc.
Though this mosque possesses several marvels, one of the most important is the carpet in the prayer hall which is the largest carpet in the world. It measures 60, 570 sq ft and weighs 35 ton. Apart from this, do not forget to check out the marvelous chandeliers that are made of Swarovski crystals. The intricate architecture, the beautiful pools, the lighting system, etc. make this mosque a sight to behold. An important thing that you have to make sure that you dress modestly while visiting the mosque.
Another site that you should not miss is the Emirates Palace, which is a reflection of Arabic architecture. The hotel breathes opulence with its intricate domes, crystal chandeliers, and gold plating as well as pearls. It is located on 1.3 km of private beach and is surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens. The hotel has 302 rooms as well as 92 palatial suites. Although this seven-star hotel is not open for sight-seeing, you can always visit its coffee shop or restaurants to treat yourself with amazing coffee or other such delicacies.
If you are a fan of speed and adventure, Ferrari World is something that you should not miss. This adventure park spans 200,000 square meters and has the largest Ferrari logo. Located in Yas Island, the main attraction of the Abu Dhabi Ferrari World is the Formula Rossa, which is the fastest roller coaster in the world. It runs at a speed of 240 km per hour. Apart from this, there are 20 more rides as well as attractions that you can enjoy at the Ferrari World.
If you are looking for a place where you want to relax and spend your time with family and friends, the Abu Dhabi Corniche is the perfect place for you. You can choose to take a walk or cycle along the 8 km long Corniche road. Apart from this, you can also opt to have a picnic or take a swim on the beach. There are also several cafeterias and restaurants where you can try out some delicious treats while enjoying the beach and the sea.
The Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi is the best place to visit if you want to know about the culture of this city. Here a Bedouin village has been recreated and consists of goat-hair tents, a small mosque, and a souk too. You can observe some of the features of the traditional culture like goat rearing, falaj (irrigation system, etc). However, it is not just a museum; rather it also allows visitors to participate in different types of activities. You can indulge in activities like pottery, weaving, spinning, etc.
The Emirates National Auto Museum is located at South of Abu Dhabi and possesses almost 250 types of cars. This museum houses the private collection of cars of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. While some of the vehicles have been bought, many have been gifted to the Sheikh from around the world. You can also view seven Mercedes which the Sheikh got painted in colors of the rainbow; one color for each day of the week.
The Women’s Handicraft Center is a place you can view the traditional Emirati handicrafts. Here the local Arab women can be seen engaging in activities like embroidery, weaving, silver-threading, basket-making, etc. You can also buy these products from the souvenir shop. Other than this, you can also get a henna tattoo from here.
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is one of a kind as it is the first and only hospital that houses and cares for falcons. It is fully air-conditioned and can house almost 200 Falcons at a time in individual rooms. The staff at this hospital can diagnose and treat all kinds of ailments that falcons face. Its uniqueness has made this hospital a popular tourist destination.
Apart from the Ferrari World, Yas Island is a great place to visit for other reasons too. This manmade island has a world-class golf course as well as a gateway park where you can relax and have a good time. The Yas Marina is also a place where you can indulge in sailing while enjoying the view of the island.
The Al Hosn Palace is considered to be the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi. It was the home of the royal family till 1996 and is now open to the public for viewing. This building is the perfect monument that reflects as well as preserves the historic and cultural heritage of the city.
Part of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, Yas Waterworld is considered to be the best and biggest water parks in the UAE. With a unique Emirati theme and being home to more than 40 thrilling rides and several kid-friendly attractions, Yas Waterworld is a favorite place to hang out with families. The place also has numerous dining options, making it easy to spend an entire day here.
Located in Saadiyat Cultural District, Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates art and creativity, in parallel to connecting the cultures. The museum has 12 exhibits and presents the artistic works of humans from various corners of the globe, ranging from the Neolithic Age to the present modern world. The museum aims at bringing together the Eastern and Western worlds and to show how human heritage is universal.
The palatial Qasr Al Watan is a tribute to the culture, religion and traditions as well as growth and development of UAE. While the architecture of the place would amaze you, the interactive tour educates you about the knowledge, craftsmanship and governance of the country. Each room of the Qasr Al Watan is not just beautiful but also has great significance.
Observation Deck at 300 is the highest observation deck in Abu Dhabi and gives you a gorgeous panoramic view of the city. Perched on the 74th floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the place is also popular for its afternoon tea. Snack on a variety of sweet and savory delights along with your choice of delicious tea or coffee, while basking in the bird’s eye view of Abu Dhabi.
Desert safari in Abu Dhabi would take you to Liwa Oasis and also the Empty Quarter, where you would get to see vast, uninterrupted desert land. While the beauty of the desert is enrapturing, the safari would give you the chance to join the thrill of adventurous activities like dune bashing, quad biking and camel riding. If you are opting for an evening desert safari in Abu Dhabi, get ready to see some marvelous performances by belly and Tanoura dancers. Savor a delectable BBQ dinner before you return to your hotel or home.
If you are travelling with your children, take them to the Emirates Park Zoo, a place that would educate them about wildlife. The first zoo of UAE, the Emirates Park Zoo is home to more than 1700 animals including Siberian bear, white tigers, zebras, lions, cheetahs, etc. Visitors get to meet and interact with the inhabitants and see some interactive and educational shows. To make your trip even more interesting, book an air-conditioned chalet at the Emirates Park Resort. Apart from a comfortable stay, you can take advantage of the facilities to watch wild animals in their caves, from your balcony.
Another prime feature of Yas Island, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world. The place is divided into six zones or lands, which feature 29 cutting-edge rides, numerous family-friendly attractions and live entertainment. The highlight of the place is that you can bump into your favorite Warner Bros’ characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, Flintstone, etc. The place also has several dining options as well as shopping outlets.
Marina Mall is considered to be one of the finest malls in Abu Dhabi. As it is lined up with more than 400 stores of top international and local brands, there is nothing you cannot buy at this mall. Besides offering the retailing addiction, Marina Mall has 9-screens theatre, a bowling alley, a car showroom, bank offices, hypermarket and several cafes and restaurants.
Among all the ultra-modern buildings and rapid development, it would be hard to imagine a place in Abu Dhabi where nature is preserved. However, Mangrove National Park is a 19 km forest, where mangroves are grown and protected. Apart from the mangroves, you also get to see more than 60 species of birds including western reef heron and flamingos. The most spectacular way to explore the mangroves is by kayaking. Other water-based activities like canoeing and paddle boarding are also available here.
Unwind and relax for a day at the pristine Saadiyat Beach, which is endowed with turquoise water and soft white sand. You can choose to laze in one of the 300 sun loungers or try your hand at one of the several eco-friendly water sports available here. The waters of Saadiyat Beach are perfect for swimming, and if you are lucky, you would also find fishes, crabs and dolphins. There is a café on the beach to keep you replenished with snacks and drinks.
Emirati cuisine is influenced by Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and India. The dishes of Emirati cuisine are exquisite and delicious. While Abu Dhabi is brimming with high-end restaurants that serve luscious and tasty cuisines from all over the world, you can go on a tour to try the local cuisine. Some of the places where you can relish Emirati cuisine are Yadoo’s House, Meylas, Mezlai, Zahrat Lebnan, Shish Shawarma, etc.
Abu Dhabi may not be as popular and lively as Dubai, but it equally has a good length of things to do that will keep you interested during your stay. Adventure, culture, entertainment and good food: you get to experience all these and more during your holiday in the capital city So, whenever you are in Dubai the next time, don’t forget to receive the warmth of its neighbor.