When people visit Abu Dhabi they often head to the city’s blockbuster attractions – Ferrari World, the Grand Mosque and Emirates Palace Hotel. But, there’s actually so much more to explore in the capital city. Get off the tourist trail with these hidden gems, from wild wetlands to a thrilling Abu Dhabi seaplane tour, you’ll get to experience the Abu Dhabi that the locals love.
Explore Abu Dhabi from the sky
You’ll be surprised at how different the city looks from the sky when you take our luxury Abu Dhabi Seaplane tour whilst you’ll soar past iconic landmarks. See the Royal Palance, neighbouring Emirates Palace Hotel, and stunning corniche. You’ll also notice aspects of the city that don’t often get a mention. The beautiful mangrove forests bordering Sadiyaat Island, the fascinating Mina Zayed Port, and the waterways that separate Abu Dhabi’s striking islands are stunning when viewed from the sky. Visit www.seawings.ae
Get friendly with falcons
The falcon is the national bird of the United Arab Emirates, and is seen as a symbol of strength. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the first public institution in the UAE that specialises in falcon care, and since opening has treated more than 11,000 falcons per year. Learn more about this majestic bird, the history of the falcon in the UAE and experience falcons free-flying in their specially designed aviary. This unique encounter makes it one of the top Abu Dhabi visitor highlights. Be sure to book your tour in advance. Visit www.falconhospital.com
Explore the Al Watba Wetlands
Located 40km inland from Abu Dhabi, the Al Watba Wetlands are home to several hundred species of plants and animals, where the birds are the stars of the show. At times there have been up to 4,000 flamingos spotted, as they use the wetland as a stop on their annual migration to Asia. The wetlands have two walking tracks so you can easily explore the wetlands, fossilised sands and sabkhas (salt ponds). Note the reserve is closed over Summer from May until September to allow for breeding season. Visit www.ead.ae
Discover the real Abu Dhabi on a Private Discovery Tour
Your guide will share local insights on culture and traditions during this private guided tour which includes highlights from the past and present. Feast your senses in the city’s glorious souks, be guided through fascinating neighbourhoods and visit the famous Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, which is the largest in all of the Emirates. To finish the tour you’ll sip on an Emirates Palace Hotel Cappuccino sprinkled with real 24 carat gold flakes. We also offer this tour as a package with our signature Abu Dhabi seaplane tour. Visit www.seawings.ae
We hope you’re now set to explore some of Abu Dhabi’s hidden gems. Get in touch with us if you’d like to book in on our Abu Dhabi seaplane tour and discover the real Abu Dhabi.