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Things to do in Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates are a rather popular traveling destination. There is a great deal to see and do, for all sorts of travellers of all ages and preferences. The capital, Abu Dhabi, is without a doubt a must-see if you are planning a trip here.


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Abu Dhabi is packed with all sorts of experiences to offer visitors. From historical to educational, as well as entertainment options, Abu Dhabi is simply amazing. 

Here are some of the best things you can indulge in while staying in Abu Dhabi.

  • Visit the Sheikh Grand Mosque

This is commonly referred to as being the most beautiful mosque in the UAE. Here you will see the unique hand-knotted carpet, which is the longest in the world, stunning crystal chandeliers, a unique lighting setup, and an ambiance which certainly encourages praying and meditation.

  • The Louvre

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum in the Saadiyat Island cultural precinct, is a must-see for art enthusiasts as well as architectural lovers. With its unique dome shape, the enormous gallery and vast exhibitions of artefacts, this museum is simply amazing.


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Many visitors like to hire a kayak so as to paddle around the Louvre, while enjoying its splendid structure. 

  • The Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is the city’s government official guest palace. This enormous establishment is simply wondrous and extremely luxurious. Besides its wonderful Islamic architecture, there is no doubt that anyone would be impressed by the extravagant décor throughout its interior.

  • Yas Island

If you are travelling as a family, a day trip to Yas Island is highly recommended. There are three theme parks here, as well as a beach club, and an enormous mall, to mention some of the places you can enjoy in Yas Island.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is is a huge amusement park, which opened in Yas Island in 2010. This is the home to Formula Rossa, which is the world’s fastest rollercoaster, as well as the Flying Aces which is the world’s longest non-inverting loop. The Ferrari Driving Experience is also a unique experience in this amusement park

  • The Emirates Park Zoo and Resort

This was the first private zoo to open in the UAE. Since its launch in 2008, this zoo acquired a lot of popularity and is much sought after by families traveling to Abu Dhabi. There are many animals to see in this zoo, around 1700 in fact!

  • The Royal Palace

The Palace of the Nation, or the Qasr Al Watan, is where the UAE cabinet and Federal Supreme Council meet. Apart from its political and national significance, this is a place that holds historical and architectural value too. There is a lot to see, especially the enormous Great Hall, which measures 100metres by 100metres, and the main dome which is the largest in the world with a 37 metre diameter!

  • The Corniche

The Corniche is a waterfront real estate that spreads over five miles. Here you will be able to indulge in small beaches, gardens, playgrounds, as well as art installations.

  • Umm Al Emarat Park

A beautiful public park, which is a must-see especially for those traveling with kids. This public park was designed in a way to merge the beauty of nature with modern and contemporary designs. From the amphi-theatre, to the fountain, and the playground and animal barn, the Umm Al Emarat Park is beautiful and entertaining. It is also worth pointing out that there is also the Wisdom Garden here, where there are many indigenous plants.

  • Yas Mall

For those who love shopping, Abu Dhabi is definitely the place to be! There are so many shopping opportunities to indulge in for shopaholics! The Yas Mall is definitely worth mentioning here, as this is the largest shopping mall. It is so grand and big that it is often thought to be a hotel upon first glance. There are many shops here, as well as various social and cultural hubs.

  • Observation Deck at 300

This is the best place to visit if you are the kind of tourist who appreciates unique and memorable views. The Observation Deck at 300 offers a 360 degree lookout spot. Situated on the 74th floor of the Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, this is the highest vantage point in the whole city, and the view is simply breathtaking to say the least. 

  • Mangrove National Park

This is often referred to as one of Abu Dhabi’s natural wonders. Here visitors will be able to enjoy many species of birds, as well as scenic waterways which are perfect for kayaking.

  • Sea Hawk Water Sports and Adventures

This is a must-see for nature and sports lovers, especially for water sports. This is run by a leading eco-tourism company which offers all sorts of activities and tours. Some of these include kayak rides through tangled mangroves, rowing on a traditional Emirati row boat, as well as being able to experience the beautiful natural habitats in Abu Dhabi.

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Hotels in Abu Dhabi

Besides all the unique and simply fabulous places you can get to visit in Abu Dhabi, it is worth noting that the hotels in abudhabi are a whole experience in themselves. The place is simply full of luxurious and extravagantly designed hotels and resorts. For those who want to enjoy a one of a kind accommodation, there is nothing better than the range of hotels in Abu Dhabi. There are so many renowned hotels in Abu Dhabi to choose from that tourists are simply spoilt for choice. This is something that the vast majority of people who travel to Abu Dhabi comment on.

So go right ahead and book hotels in Abu Dhabi, it is really simple. One can compare and contrast different hotels so as to choose which one to book in. One thing is for sure- Abu Dhabi offers a great deal in terms of city life, entertainment, nature, activities, as well as beautiful hotels and resorts. So you can expect to spend a memorable vacation in Abu Dhabi!

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