Top Tours & Activities in Abu Dhabi
As the world's richest city, Abu Dhabi breaks all the records. Visitors from around the world flock there to bask in its luxury and take advantage of the myriad opportunities for leisure. Here are 10 exclusive treasures awaiting you there.
With minarets over 100 meters tall, 82 domes of white marble and one of the world's largest hand-knotted carpets, the world-famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque is awe-inspiring to say the least.
Whether you want to stay in a luxurious hotel, watch the Formula One Grand Prix, or chase thrills at a water park, Yas Island is the entertainment and leisure world that has it all.
Ferrari World is the world's largest indoor theme park. Among its many exhilarating rides it boasts the Formula Rossa, which at 150mph is the world's fastest roller coaster.
You could easily spend days at the Marina Mall. Aside from some of the best shopping in the world, it also houses an observatory, an ice rink, a bowling alley, and the famous musical fountains.
After visiting Marina Mall, head to the Corniche outside. Recharge your batteries with a relaxing stroll or bike ride along this stunningly beautiful promenade.
Still under construction, Saadiyat Island is set to become paradise on earth: a miniature city offering the greatest possible mix of leisure, business and culture.
If you're in need of some retail therapy, head over to the amazing Abu Dhabi Mall. With more than 200 stores, your shopping needs will most definitely be satisfied!
Accompanying the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this stunning circuit offers racing enthusiasts amazing opportunities to look behind the scenes or race around the track.
When it was built, this opulent, 7-star hotel was the most expensive hotel in the world, costing $3 billion! Its private beach is nearly a mile long and its grounds span 85 hectares.
Inclined at a whole 18 degrees, Abu Dhabi's Capital Gate has stolen the Leaning Tower of Pisa's claim to the world's most lopsided building!
Keep in mind that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country and while visitors are not expected to follow religious dress codes, they should nonetheless dress with respect for local customs. Skirts and trousers should be knee-length or longer, and women should avoid tight-fitting clothes. Cleavage, midriff and upper arms should be covered. Shorts are only allowed on the beach and while bikinis are permitted, topless sunbathing is prohibited.
During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, eating and drinking in public is strictly forbidden. However, most hotels and clubs will serve food and beverages to foreigners. Over Ramadan, visitors should consider dressing extra conservatively outdoors.
Even though the weather in Abu Dhabi is generally very hot, it's a good idea to carry a jacket or sweater around with you, as indoor areas can get quite chilly due to air-conditioning.
- LanguageArabic, English
- CurrencyAED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
- Time ZoneUTC (+04:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visitTake a leisurely trip during the cooler months between November and February
Things to Do in Abu Dhabi
Top Attractions in Abu Dhabi
- 1Yas Island
- 2Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
- 3Sheikh Zayed Mosque
- 4The Galleria
- 6Emirates Palace
- 7Yas Waterworld
- 8Yas Island Marina Circuit
- 9Marina Mall
- 10The Souk
- 11Abu Dhabi Mall
- 12Saadiyat Island
- 13The Landmark
- 14Lulu Islands
- 15Du Arena
- 16Masdar City
- 17Qasr Al Hosn
- 18Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre
Other Sightseeing Options in Abu Dhabi
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What People Are Saying About Abu Dhabi
We had a wonderful experience. Our guide Gouda was very knowledgeable & we learned so much not just about Abu Dhabi but the UAE. He answered all of our unrelated questions graciously, he was our photographer, & Gouda along w/our driver made the tour flawless. Our tour was on NYE & they made sure we made it back to Dubai in plenty of time to avoid traffic and road blocks which were happening right at our hotel. They also went above and beyond to help us find the best transportation for NYE night. If all the guide are like ours this will be a great experience for you!!!
Driver Amar was nice and took really great pics of us as a family in front of all the great sights!
Plenty of cultural background would have liked more time at Mosque and Heritage Village. Could have done without visit to Ferrari World. A very good tour would recommend especially Sammy and our excellent driver.
Everything was great. Mohamed, our guide, picked us up on time and he was very kind all the tour. He told us a lot of interesting stories about their way of life and traditions. Besides this, he briefly explained about the tourist attractions we had visited. It was enough time to visit all the landmarks we planned from the beginning. Definitely I'd recommend this tour, especially if you want to get out of Dubai for a day.
Really good experience however we could not communicate clearly with the guide and had trouble understanding him as he did not speak or understand english whatsoever.