About 5 millions travelers have visited the city of Abu Dhabi in 2016 making Abu Dhabi one of the decent tourist destinations regionally due to the distinct attractions of the capital city of UAE. As a result to this well-reputation that city gains, Millions of travelers around the world have put Abu Dhabi on their future travel plans specially within the big events that take place in city just like Grand Prix F1 Races. and for those, We have came with 13 selective tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi where a traveler finds joyful moments to treasure
1. Grand Mosque of Zayed
Always and forever, The Grand Mosque of Sheikh Zayed will remain city`s most preferred tourist attraction. The Mosque was founded commemorating the memory and name of his highness Sheikh Zayed Alnahiyyan the founder of UAE state.
Mosque was opened in 2007 after more than 10 years of constructions costing more than 500 USD million to be established. Mosque`s main purpose is to be a Muslim house of worship which is up to more than 40.000 worshipers. However the most distinguished about it is its unique construction that took place upon a massive space including a big multimedia library and cultural center in the beyond.
Grand Mosque was meant to be a bridge between the oriental Arab culture and western one in an attempt to lessen the gap between the different values in the two spots of world and that also could be obviously depicted in the way of building constriction process specially the used materials to build the Mosque itself as these materials were grabbed form different countries in different parts of the world including Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.
The Mosque opens on daily basis from 0900 am to 1000 pm on the weekdays, While on Fridays Mosque is not accessed for visit before 0400 pm. Grand Mosque of Zayed is one Mosque of only two ones in UAE which permits the not Muslims to go inside.
Mosque entry is totally free of charge however it needs a certain dress code to follow in order to be allowed to go in.
2. Louvre Abu Dhabi at Saadiyat
Finally and after a long set of delays, Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi was opened in November 2017. Museum is located onshore of the Island Saadiyat as the core of a great cultural project on the island which includes also Guggenheim Museum, Zayed Art Museum and NYC university.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is world`s only museum which bears the name of the superannuated Louvre after the one in Paris. Museums showcases a selective collection of ancient artifacts in addition to a fine collection of contemporary art pieces almost of them were brought from Louvre Paris and other reputable French museums.
Museum`s entry ticket is only 60.00 Durhams (17.60 USD) and it opens daily with one day (1000 am to 0800 pm) closing each Monday which made it an ideal weekend cultural escape. Since its opening, Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes one of the most attracting tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi.
3. Ferrari Theme Park
Just like Dubai, Abu Dhabi is also known of its gratifying amusements on their head all is Ferrari Abu Dhabi theme park. The amusement park was opened in 2007 to be one of Middle East`s best amusement parks including dozens of the delightful and spectacular games. The park also houses world`s fastest roller coaster. in addition to kids gaming area.
Ferrari Abu Dhabi opens daily with no days-off offering various tickets packages which are sold online offer their website, and for being a place where all family members could feel happiness and joy, Ferrari Abu Dhabi is another one of the best tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi.
4. Yas Water World
Completing the leisure and just besides Ferrari Theme Park, Yas Water World city was founded as one of the best aqua cities in Emirates and Middle East. Yas Waterworld is also located on Yas island containing dozens of fantastic adventurous water games for kids and adults. As same as Ferrari world; Yas Waterworld opens on daily basis and its tickets also are provided online.
5. Yas Marina Circuit
Known of its annual Formula 1 Race, Yas Circuit is one of the most visited Abu Dhabi tourist attractions by city visitors and specially those who are fond of motor sports. Yas Marina Circuit is a witness of Formula One race is November of each year when the city is overwhelmed of spectators and followers.
However in the usual days and away of Formula One races, Yas Marina circuit welcomes visitors all day and night ( Check out the best things to do in Abu Dhabi at night) to practice walking and cycling sports.
6. Abu Dhabi Cornish
Cornish Abu Dhabi is one of the lovely places to go in Abu Dhabi for a family time, It is free and directly overlooks the gulf where you could fill your lungs with fresh air. Best time to visit Cornish is within sundown to attend sunset and at the evening times.
Almost of our Abu Dhabi tours include a stop by city Cornish for photo stops, Abu Dhabi frequent travelers have used to spend more time there.
7. Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – Photo credit goes to ADFH
There is no doubt that each city you travel to has something very special which you could not find elsewhere, Falcon hospital of Abu Dhabi could be this special thing of the city.
Falcons have used to have a special status in the local culture of the original inhabitants, Emirates also is know as a big wealthy market of falcons trade. Special races are held annually and specially for falcons sponsored by state`s Sheikhs who already own dozens of them with a value could reach one million American dollar per each!
For all that, Abu Dhabi falcon hospital was founded in 1999 to be world’s foremost falcon welfare institution, and the first of its kind. Hospital is located near to Abu Dhabi International Airport which makes it an ideal place to visit within a stopover time in Abu Dhabi however it needs a previous booking to have a tour inside.
Abu Dhabi falcon hospital is open for visitors daily from 0830 am to 0230 pm except Fridays. Hospital offers three touring packages start from nearly 48.00$ as entry fees for a standard tour lasts for a couple of hours.
8. Emirates Palace
Another leading attraction of Abu Dhabi`s attraction is the super fancy hotel of Emirates Palace.
Emirates Palace has used to be a royal palace owned by Abu Dhabi governors before they decided to turn it into a luxury hotel owned by the state due its fine location directly over the gulf.
In 2005, Hotel was opened after a construction process that costs more than 3.9 US billion dollars. Hotel contains around 400 rooms and suites and operated by Kempinski. It is already one among the most luxurious hotels in world and is well known of being the most expensive hotel in UAE oriented by elite.
In addition to luxurious rooms and suites, Hotel also contains different restaurants where a visitor could book for a lunch / dinner or even a cup of tea.
9. Observation Deck 300
Directly opposite of Emirates Palace locates the iconic Jumierah towers by Etihad. The reputable towers are known of being commercial, business and residential towers. besides including number of fine hotels as well.
Observation deck 300 is located at Jumierah towers (Read in detail about Observation Deck 300 experience) where a visitor could enjoy a panoramic view of Abu Dhabi city 300 meters high. Experience used to come with high tea, snacks and desserts.
10. Heritage Village
Emirates People are well known of their authentic pride. So that at heritage village a visitor could identify the old lifestyle of the ancient original inhabitants of Abu Dhabi in the time before oil discovery. Village is such an open museum which showcases the traditional lifestyle of the people in Abu Dhabi within the ancient times. How they used to live, what to eat, where to house and all what is related to the daily life of them.
While in same village, and to the left of its entrance, we could see the modern Abu Dhabi. So that heritage village could be a mixture of modernity and authenticity and could be considered one of few tourist attractions of Abu Dhabi where visitors could go to to learn about the local legacy and heritage of city.
11. Umm Alemarat Park
Umm Alemarat Park is a wide vast park where the locals are used to visit at the weekends being a distinct family attraction. Park is highly recommended for families where visitors could feel safe to their kids playing and have fun with also educational activities.
12. Dates Market
Being a ring of urban society in the vast desert, Abu Dhabi inhabitants are still preferring dry food and fruit that they have used to since so long. Dates are surely one of the preferred to them. The desert fruit has many kinds and colors with different tastes. Dates also has a very special status in Muslim creed and Arab culture. So that dates market of Abu Dhabi is recommended to visit to go deeper in the local culture and live the totally local atmosphere.
13. Abu Dhabi Marina Mall
A visitor could not be in Abu Dhabi and miss city`s biggest and most famous commercial mall; Marina Mall.
Marina mall is at Abu Dhabi Marina and it is very distinguished of its super large wheel (Accidentally known Abu Dhabi Eye).
In addition, Marina mall houses a number of the best and most prestigious shops and retailers of world`s finest brands in different categories including fashion, leather, watches and jewelries.
Mall includes also a kids area and food court with different restaurants and fast-food shops.
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