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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.

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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

Exciting with amazing views and good food.

My guide Hussein was very articulate and amusing. I had a lot of fun rocketing around the desert. Hussein was very attentive to our needs, checking in with us to see if we were comfortable. He also took me and two other guests sand boarding. Make sure you ask early on if you want to do sand boarding, he had to get the board and drive us to another dune after getting to camp. The food was delicious. Lots of variety I might not have known to order on my own at a restaurant. 9/10 overall
Dubai: 6-Hour Desert Safari & Dinner at a Bedouin Camp Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/08/2016

Great and efficient way to see all key sites in Abu Dhabi

Easy to follow route map with stops clearly marked. Helpful staff at many stops. One showed us a supermarket where we could buy food to eat on bus during Ramadan.

Amazing tour, amazing guide, amazing place!

Everything was perfect - Couldn't ask for better. I will absolutely recommend this.
From Dubai: Private Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi Reviewed by Renate, 06/19/2016

Great tour , excellent service , can only recommend :)

We had a great time on this tour , our guide and also the driver were excellent , we can only recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to see Dubai and also learn a bit more about this city and its people .
Dubai: Private 5-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Ticket Reviewed by Beatrice, 06/05/2016

Very interesting and entertaining. Learned a lot.

From seeing the different kinds of Falcons to learning about how they are cared for and how they interact with each other, we thoroughly enjoyed this activity.
Abu Dhabi's Falcon Hospital Tour Reviewed by Carlos, 05/13/2016

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