Although it is the capital city of UAE Almost of people do not pay their attention enough to Abu Dhabi. Emirates visitors used to prefer spending almost of there time in Dubai because a lot of them have no idea where to go in Abu Dhabi!
Today we come to uncover the hidden pearls of Abu Dhabi answering the traditional question: Where to go in Abu Dhabi?!
Contrary to popularو Abu Dhabi is a big town with different and various attractions to visit, From cultural attractions, sea resorts, desert adventures to wild tours. Simply; Abu Dhabi is a city where everyone could find his own joy! Let us preview the best attractions of it all:
1.Grand Mosque of Zayed
In Emirates, It is used to commemorate the names of rulers with great constructions bearing their names. and while Sheikh Zayed was the founder of the country of UAE, It needs a might construction to commemorate his name, So it was Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi.
Grand Mosque of Zayed was officially opened in 2007 after 11 years of construction. It costs 545 USD millions to be completed. Mosque takes an area of 12 hectares and it is up to 41000 persons (worshipers).
Zayed Mosque is more than a traditional Muslim mosque, it has became a symbol of the town Abu Dhabi, city`s number 1 tourist attraction and the first place to go in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, Mosque was chosen as the worlds second attraction for two year in a row according to See Live Review
Mosque is open on daily basis from 0900 am to 1000 pm except Friday from 0430 pm to 1000 pm. and while Mosque entry is free of charge, It requires visitors to follow a conservative dress code to follow to be allowed to go inside Mosque.
2. Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre museum of Abu Dhabi is the world`s only museum to bear the name of the famous French museum after the main one in Paris. Museum is the latest cultural addition to city of Abu Dhabi and it was opened just in Nov 2017.
Museum is located at Saadiyat island to be the core of the national cultural project of Abu Dhabi emirate besides national museum of Zayed and Guggenheim Museum. Both museums are to be opened later.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi museum showcases various valuable artifacts of ancient and contemporary times with special and exclusive pieces from Louvre Paris and other French museums. While entry ticket of Museum is just 16$.
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3. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari theme park is a big amusement park in Abu Dhabi that have the name of the Italian luxurious vehicles manufacturer Ferrari. Park is located at Yas island on an area of 80.000 Sq meters to gain the record of the largest space frame structure ever built.
Park is famous of its roller coaster: Formula Rosa, the fastest one in the world. and it has different categories of tickets starting from 69.00 USD which are available for online purchase. For many people, Ferrari theme park is one of the best places where to go in Abu Dhabi.
4. Yas Waterworld
Not so far from Ferrari Abu Dhabi, and just on the same island of Yas, comes the Yas Water world.
Yas Waterworld is a water park in Abu Dhabi which is home to more than 40 rides, slides and attractions, including Bandit Bomber the longest suspended roller coaster in the Middle East.
Just like Ferrari Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld tickets also are available for online purchase throughout their website https://yaswaterworld.com/
5. Emirates Palace
Emirates Palace is one of the decent attractions where everyone loves to go while visiting Abu Dhabi. It is a state owned hotel as it was used to be a royal palace of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi.
The hotel directly locates on the Persian gulf while its main gates are opposite of Etihad Jumierah Towers. Hotel was open in 2005 costing a number of three USD billions and consisting of about 400 rooms.
To discover inside, Hotel provides booking of high tea, lunch and dinner. It requires a previous booking and to follow a specific dress code.
Hotel is operated by Kempinski and is considered one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. and it is another attraction of the best where to go in Abu Dhabi.
6. Abu Dhabi Marina and Cornish Walk
Abu Dhabi marina is a brilliant idea to an evening and night outing, Marina was founded to receive Abu Dhabi`s visitors over sea by private yachts and cruises, However it welcomes everyone to go in for walking, relaxing and observing the sundown scene.
7. Heritage Village
A walking distance from Marina, Abu Dhabi heritage village locates. The village is such an open museum which provides detailed visualize about the ancient and modern lifestyles in Abu Dhabi.
Once entering the village, you will have the opportunity to discover how was the life of the ancient inhabitants looking like before oil discovery, what were the professions they work, where they used to live, what to eat, drink and how it is all used to go.
While to the other hand, you could easily see the modern Abu Dhabi.
8. Masdar City
Masdar city is planned city project to be completely relying on solar energy and other renewable energies. Working in city was begun in 2006 and it is yet to finish. City`s area is about 6 KM and it is located near to Abu Dhabi international airport, It is estimated to cost 18-22 USD billions for the city to be completed.
A visit to Masdar could be a visit to future with all its lifestyle, resources, education and more. and although Masdar is not a tourist attraction, but it is really one of the best places where to go in Abu Dhabi.
9. Saadiyat Island
Development never stops in Abu Dhabi, and one of the future projects of city is Saadiyat Island.
Saadiyat Island is a tourist-cultural attraction with mixed commercial, residential, and leisure purposes. Island is currently under construction.
The cultural project of island includes the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi besides Guggenheim Museum and Zayed national Museums which both are yet to come. While educational project should includes Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, and New York University Abu Dhabi.
Right now, a visitor could overview the island`s project throughout Manaret Alsaadiyat which is a show that gives a full visualize of Saadiyat project.
10. Saadiyat Beach Club
Have fun and enjoy the sun at Saadiyat beach club. Club provides a relaxing day use experience over gulf sea and swimming pools with a lot of fun, music and dance. It is a perfect choice to head within the days-off in Abu Dhabi.
Club contains a number of beaches, pools and spas, It is reached via Sheikh Khalifa highway E12 and it is really one of the adorable places where to go in Abu Dhabi for just relaxing and having fun.
11. Dates Market
Dates market is an open market souk that is special in selling only dates. Dry dates have used gain a great importance in the local culture in addition to its religious status for the local Muslims. Souk offers different and various kinds of dates that you could taste and buy whatever you love form the local food.
12. Jumierah Towers and Observation Deck 300
Just opposite to Emirates Palace hotel, Etihad Jumierah towers are located to be another decent remarkable attraction of the city. You could book for your high tea, lunch or dinner at Jumierha Etihad towers accessing the observation deck 300 that provides a panoramic view of Abu Dhabi city. See Abu Dhabi observation deck 300 for detailed description of the experience.
13. Falcon Hospital
It may be rather weird to know there is a specialized hospital to treat one kind of birds! But once know that some rare kinds of falcons could be priced at more than 1 million Dirham per head, Wondering goes bigger!
Falcon hospital of Abu Dhabi is the world’s foremost falcon welfare institution, and the first of its kind, It was founded in 1999 giving aids to about 6000 falcons per year.
One more and last surprising info, Falcons have passports in Abu Dhabi, and the hospital is the organization which is meant to issue these passports!
14. Yas Marina Circuit
Everyone knows about Formula 1 races and Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which usually takes place in Novmber. Circuit locates on Yas island and it is up to 60.000 attendances.
Circuit was founded in 2009 costing 1.3 USD billions standing to be on of the marvelous places where to go in Abu Dhabi specially within the big season times.
15. Abu Dhabi Desert
Although the modernity which you could see everywhere in Abu Dhabi, desert is still a perfect option to spend your time within your Abu Dhabi tour specially with the desert safari Abu Dhabi adventures.
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Abu Dhabi desert safari is half day safari that extends to 6 hours includes dune bashing drive, camel ride, belly dancer shows, local dance shows and more lovable adventurous activities.
Much more, the desert safari Abu Dhabi used to include BBQ desert dinner with unlimited soft drinking package.
16. Abu Dhabi Dune Buggy Safari
From Abu Dhabi urban parts, get ready to conquer the desert within the adventurous dune buggy drive with a lot of fun and thrilling awaiting. The dune buggy safari is an adventurous trip that takes you to ride a strong-motor buggy over the red dunes of the massive desert. The scene of flying dust is something to memorize your trip to Abu Dhabi, Something could not be founded elsewhere.
17. Umm Al Emarat Park
Umm Al Emarat park is an Abu Dhabi centered open park for families and kids (See Best palaces to visit with kids in Dubai). Park was founded 1982 however it have been undergone to integrated development process lately with new additions like farm animals, plants garden and open theater.
Generally, Um El Emarat park is a prefect attraction for families and kids. It opens daily from 0800 am to midnight which makes it a very proper option for a Friday tour when almost of attractions are closed.
18. Al Ain Zoo
Not so far from Abu Dhabi, and by the foothills of Jebel Hefet, Al ain zoo was founded since 1969 over 400 hectares area. Zoo provides a unique wild experience which is somehow similar to the African safari. Arabian antelopes, oryx, eland, gazelle, lechwe and cat house are the animals which distinguish zoo.
However zoo is not located in town of Abu Dhabi, It is still a perfect option to have a day out surrounded by nature.
19. Al Ain Gardens Tour
Just 180 km away from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain city locates. Al Ain city is widely known as the green gardens city between the local people.
Ain in Arabic means ” Spring” and that is because the natural springs are something to feature the calm oasis-city where you could swim at.
In addition to springs, a visit to Ain city could include visits to camel markets, Sheikh Palace and city museum which perseveres and showcases the local heritage and culture. Ain visit could be fulfilled within a single day.
20. Liwa Desert Safari Adventure
Liwa Oasis is one more oasis locates in the vast desert of Empty Quarter about 240 km from capital city of Abu Dhabi. Liwa desert safari is very adventurous tour for adventure passionate adventurers. Along the road to Liwa, you could identify the real nature of Emirates away of urban and modernity, While at Liwa itself you easily could identify the very ancient lifestyle of desert inhabitants.
21. Qasr Alsarab Desert Resort
In the middle of Liwa extended desert, Qasar Alsarab resort locates providing a totally unique experience of wild and desert life away of the urban.
People used to go Qasr Alsarab for meditation, relaxing and unplugging away from technology and nowadays world`s accelerating tempo. It is not to mention that a stay at Qasr Alsarab resort varies from just two nights to several days according to guest wish.
22. Mangrove National Park
Located in Abu Dhabi city center, you could reach Abu Dhabi`s mangrove national park where you may enjoy kayaking a wooden boat in the natural water of gulf. The experience itself could be more proper for sportsmen where to go in Abu Dhabi to renew their energies and flame up their spirit of contest.
23. Aldar HQ
Aldar headquarters is an administrative building located in Alraha district and founded in 2010. What is really featured about it is being the first circular building of its kind in Middle East. It was designed by MZ Architects, While people used to visit for taking photos in front of since it is one of the landmarks of Abu Dhabi