Abu Dhabi is the cradle of Arabian culture, the city of oases, and the scion of incredible architecture. Abu Dhabi has something to fulfill the longing in every traveler’s heart, whether it’s entertainment, beauty, luxury, shopping, views and landscapes, beach-life or art and architecture. As capital of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi boasts of unique things such as a falconry hospital, the Empty Quarter Desert with the largest dune in the world, and much more. Get ready to be wowed by Abu Dhabi and its incredibly impressive attractions for travelers.
- Visit The Liwa Oasis
Liwa is a lovely oasis located at the Northern edge of the Rub al Khali desert, bordered by a collection of Bedouin villages. Liwa is the birth place of the Nahyan tribe, the present leaders of the UAE. A variety of date palms are cultivated here, and various kinds of dates are sold at the Liwa Date Festival in June along with Bedouin handicrafts. The desert dunes are enormous at Liwa, the tallest being the Tal Mireb. Exploring Liwa is one of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi.
- Tour Al Ain City
Al Ain is a lush, verdant paradise, which comes as a surprise as it is close to the desert. The Hili Archaeological site is strewn with ancient tombs and artifacts from the Bronze Age and beyond. These are housed in Al Ain’s National Museum, such as a reconstructed Grand Hili tomb and gold pendants from the II BC. Enjoy the colorful Camel Market with its decorated camels. Al Ain’s Zoo has beautiful gardens and the world’s last remaining white lions and tigers.
- Enjoy Abu Dhabi City Tour With Ferrari World
Enjoy Abu Dhabi City Tour with Ferrari World, You’ll experience the city’s top landmarks such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Capital Gate Building, the Corniche and others on this tour, before getting to Ferrari World. Once there, give in to your inner child and enjoy rides designed to thrill. Let your kids learn to drive on Junior GT track, while you enjoy the world’s tallest 52-meter loop Flying Aces rollercoaster, which rushes at 120 kilometers per hour. Enjoy the Formula Rossa ride; watch Ferrari-inspired acrobat shows, optical illusions, and gravity-defying stunts.
- Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is made of white Macedonian marble carved in floral designs that are embedded precious and semi-precious stones. Everywhere you look, you’ll see lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl pieces glittering in the sun. Crowned by 80 marble domes held aloft by over 1000 white marble pillars, the mosque is an international architectural marvel. Four beautifully-carved 107m-high white marble minarets say hello to the sky, while on the inside, the world’s largest carpet and the world’s largest crystal glass chandelier await you.
- Stroll Along The Corniche
The Abu Dhabi Corniche is a four-mile long coastal promenade, which passes by several prominent landmarks such as the 18-degree lean-inbuilt Capital Gate building, the Etihad Towers and Qasr Al Hosn. You won’t miss the ginormous Emirate flag, set atop a 360ft pole. The Corniche is bordered by lush picnic areas; barbeque facilities and kids play areas. Several beaches lead off from the Corniche for quick and private access.
- Take a Boat Ride to Emirates Palace, Royal Palaces And Grand Mosque
Your boat cruise departs from the Emirates Palace Marina and cruises around to the Presidential Palace, Royal Palaces, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Maqtaa Bridge, Al Maqtaa Fort and the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Enjoy watching the sights up close as chosen-language headset commentary delivers a fascinating array of information on some not-to-miss destinations in Abu Dhabi.
- Go On An Abu Dhabi Desert Safari Adventure
The cool thing is that you can go on Abu Dhabi Desert Safari in the magnificent Rub al Khali, where the huge dunes dominate the sky. Go dune bashing, sand boarding, quad-biking and camel riding on the huge dunes. Relax in a genuine Bedouin tent with soft drinks, local entertainment and a henna painting if you’re on an evening or overnight safari. Sleeping under the stars on the enormous Rub al Khali is an experience you simply don’t want to miss.
- Visit the Women’s Handicraft Center
Watch the local women at the Women’s Handicraft Center weave baskets, embroider silks, and create complicated beaded jewelry using skills passed down through the ages. Run by Abu Dhabi Women’s Association, the center supports local women while keeping old traditions alive. Splurge on a few handmade items as souvenirs; you won’t get this kind of handiwork in malls and souqs!
- Take a Boat Ride to Emirates Palace, Corniche & Lulu Island
Your boat departs from Emirates Palace Marina, fronted by the Emirates Palace Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in the city. You’ll stop next at the Heritage Village site, for a glimpse of authentic Arabic culture. You’ll cruise along the beautiful and vibrant Corniche next, checking out the Capital Gate Building, Emirates Flag and other landmarks. Finally, the cruise passes through the manmade Lulu islands with their lush beaches, before visiting the Fisherman’s Village, where fishermen still plying Abu Dhabi’s ancient trade using age-old methods.
- Get Top Views At The Observation Deck At 300
Climb up to the Observation Deck on the Etihad Tower’s 74th floor for fantastic views of the entire city. The best way to do this is to eat something at the Jumeirah Hotel and enjoy the views for free. Or, you can pay the entry fee and redeem it for refreshments later, at the observation deck’s restaurant. Enjoy some high tea while enjoying Abu Dhabi’s glittering skylines, bordered by red dunes on one side and the sea on the other. Observation Deck at 300 is Abu Dhabi’s answer to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
Don’t limit your exploration of Abu Dhabi’s delights just to the delights we’ve listed. Be sure to check out Yas Water World (one of the premium water amusement parks in the UAE) and explore Abu Dhabi’s beaches as well. Squeeze some shopping in and while you’re at it, a lovely massage after a day in the sun at one of Abu Dhabi’s beach resorts is just the ticket.