There are so many fantastic attractions in Abu Dhabi that you’d need a few days to properly see all the top Abu Dhabi toursist highlights and gain an understanding of the beautiful Arabic culture. From modern feats of architecture to historical villages to action-packed theme parks - you really are spoiled for choice.
Here are our Abu Dhabi tourist highlights that make our list of “must dos” for your next visit:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This impressive mosque is the largest in the UAE, taking more than 11 years to complete. At capacity it can hold a whopping 40,000 worshippers. There are so many outstanding features to explore such as the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet which is a truly incredible sight. The dramatic water mirrors, columns and glittering chandeliers along with the unique Arabic architectural features make this one of the most famous Abu Dhabi toursit highlights. There are daily guided tours that share not only key aspects of the mosque but also insights into Muslim religion.
Seaplane scenic flight above Abu Dhabi
A tour of Abu Dhabi from the sky with our Seawings Pearl tour is one of the best Abu Dhabi Visitor highlights because you get to see all of the city’s top attractions from the sky! This 30 minute flight is a unique experience offering unparalleled views of the city. After experiencing the thrill of water take off from Yas Marina you can relax and enjoy Abu Dhabi from a bird’s eye view. From the comfort of your luxurious window seat you’ll see the extensive mangrove lagoons, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace Hotel, Marina Mall, Saadiyat Island and Yas Island which is home to – Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Yas Marina Circuit.
Ferrari World is the ultimate destination for petrol heads visiting Abu Dhabi. With more than 25 rides and attractions from roller coasters to simulators this theme park is a must do for adrenaline junkies. The park is home to Toro Rosso, the fastest roller coaster in the world and Flying Aces, which features the highest roller coaster loop on the planet! When it’s time for a pit stop you’ll be transported to Ferrari’s romantic homeland in the Italian themed restaurants dotted around the park. With such amazing attractions it’s easy to see why Ferrari World is one of the top Abu Dhabi tourist highlights.
Emirates Palace Hotel
If you’re looking for a peek into the lives of royalty and the rich, a visit to Emirates Palace Hotel is a must-do. The hotel - built to the tune of three billion dollars – has been decadently decked out in marble and gold, featuring has six ‘ruler suites’ which are for the exclusive use of visiting royalty. The expanse of the hotel is so large that staff need golf carts to navigate the property. It also requires a fulltime staff of ten dedicated exclusively to cleaning its 1002 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. This is one of the only places in the world where you can get a decadent cappuccino sprinkled with 24 carat gold flakes. Live like a king if it’s even just for a coffee and take in one of the most opulent Abu Dhabi visitor highlights.
Yas Marina Circuit
Thousands of F1™ fans descend on the circuit for the finale of the Formula 1 Grand Prix™ each November, however there’s plenty of fun to be had on the circuit year-round. You can race around the track on evening bike rides, or really put your foot on the pedal with hot laps in exotic sports cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar or the Formula Yas 3000 – visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com
If it’s aquatic thrills and spills you’re looking for then Yas Waterworld is the place to be. This water park is brimming with slides, pools and splash zones making this a great day out for families. The wave attraction is popular with budding surfers, and the park often extends its hours into the evenings over summer, with a dedicated ladies night every Thursday. This is definitely one of the more popular Abu Dhabi visitor highlights with the kids. Visit www.yaswaterworld.com
Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
Go back in time at the Abu Dhabi Heritage village which is a reconstruction of a traditional desert oasis. Featuring workshops, traditional Falaj irrigation system consisting of a series of channels to transport water. Explore a traditional campfire with coffee pots and goat hair tents. You will be able to see traditional craftspeople showcase traditional metalwork, pottery, spinning and weaving. Make sure you visit the Zayed Centre located within the Heritage Village to learn more about the UAE’s founding father who had the vision to unite the Emirates and lay down an inspiring future. Visit www.torath.ae for more information.
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
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 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. The hospital has won several accolades including the Middle East Responsible Tourism Award. Visit the website for more information.
Private Discovery City Tour Abu Dhabi
This guided city tour covers several of the Abu Dhabi Visitor highlights mentioned above. Understand the cultural roots the Emirati people in this guided city heritage tour of Abu Dhabi that explores the past and present. This tour takes in the city’s most famous sites and includes a visit to the Grand Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the UAE. After strolling along the corniche and exploring the traditional neighbourhoods and souks and you’ll finish up sipping on an Emirates Palace Hotel Cappuccino sprinkled with real 24 carat gold flakes! This half day guided tour makes for a fun and insightful day out in the capital and caters to small groups ensuring a personalised experience. Visit www.seawings.ae for more information.
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*Updated 12 November, 2017