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The Best Things to See and Do 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.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman (CC BY 2.0)

Yas Island

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 Abu Dhabi

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.

Photo: Sarah_Ackerman @ flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Marina Mall

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.

The Corniche

After visiting Marina Mall, head to the Corniche outside. Recharge your batteries with a relaxing stroll or bike ride along this stunningly beautiful promenade.

Saadiyat Island

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.

Photo: Abdulla Al Muhairi @flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Abu Dhabi Mall

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!

Yas Island Marina Circuit

Accompanying the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this stunning circuit offers racing enthusiasts amazing opportunities to look behind the scenes or race around the track.

Emirates Palace

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.

Photo: FritzDaCat @wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Capital Gate

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!

Planning Your Abu Dhabi Visit

What to Wear

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.

Ramadan

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.

Mind the Air-Con

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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Arabic, English
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code
    • 971
  • Best time to visit
    Take a leisurely trip during the cooler months between November and February

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What People Are Saying About Abu Dhabi

Perfect Experience! Great Guide (Salam) and great tour!

We did all the things that they told us and we could have a great experience in Rally Tour, sunset in the desert. We think that Camel Ride can be better, like a mini tour around de "Oasis area" with more camels... But everything is great!

FW - has more advertising then real actions

A lot of attractions does'n work. There are not clear guide of FW. The box of Phone charge was ubservicable.

Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World Full-Day Entry Tickets Reviewed by Vadim, 11/25/2016

Great spots, great guidance and nice people.

I enjoyed the trip so much as I didn't had to wonder about anything. Great people, lots of insights for this short time and lots of fun without any stress at all :)

Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Jelena, 11/20/2016

Very interesting trip. Best value for the money.

We enjoy very much our trip. We saw all the best attractions of Dubai. Our driver was very kind with us

Passionate guide and mosque was beautiful

The guide was very passionate and informative. Took us to all the sites giving us a good length of time at each stop, approximately an hour or more to enjoy it. The mosque was my favorite part. Thanks!

Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Jane, 11/18/2016

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