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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.


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

Amazing. Great boat. Views of the cornich & city are great

Lovely boat, friendly people on board, wonderful views of the corniche and city. A pleasant hour trip relaxing seeing the sights with a lovely breeze.
Abu Dhabi: Dhow Cruise Marina Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Daniel, 10/15/2016

Helpful, informative driver, who also drove carefully.

Our driver was almost a guide, as he took us to many of the sights we may have found difficult to find without him. His driving was also careful, something some of the drivers we have used, are not. They left us fearing for our lives in the manic Dubai traffic, but this one was careful and considerate to us as nervous Europeans too! The tour took in many places which we had asked to visit, like Dubai creek, gold souk and the Burj Halifa. Highly recommend this driver especially if you want to preserve your life!
Dubai: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Driver Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/14/2016

Mounir was excellent person on whole trip

Mounir the guide who pick me from hotel is an amazing friendly humble guy,i wish to go on other future trips with him and definitely recommend him to my friends and family,he guided me on my full trip,city tour of abudhabhi was great,he told about historical places and everything else, when we reached ferrari world he was almost with me and guided what to do where to go, our meeting point etc all minor details I had a wonderful experience on this one day trip with mounir
From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Tour with Ferrari World Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/06/2016

Great way to see what Abu Dhabi has to offer.

We had a great day. Our guide Sami was terrific, he was very knowledgable about the places that we went. It was a great way to see the main attractions in Abu Dhabi. Our only advice to make this tour perfect would be to arrange time for a quick lunch as we were gone all day.
Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Elaine, 10/03/2016

Fantastic, fun filled day, definitely worth it!

Our day was fabulous. It's my 3rd visit to Abu Dhabi, and this was probably the best. The company are well organised and did everything to make us feel comfortable throughout the whole day.
Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Samina, 10/02/2016

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