Things to do in
Abu Dhabi

From desert dunes to opulent mosques and deluxe urban scenery, this city offers up delightful Arabian treats.

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Our most recommended things to do in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

1. Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Get ready for a desert safari starting with an early morning pick-up at your hotel. A 45-minute drive takes you to the heart of the desert outside Abu Dhabi. Explore the desert in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, bashing the huge dunes. The fun continues with a chance to try out sandboarding. Follow the instructions and glide over the dunes as you see how simple it really is. During the safari there will be plenty of opportunities to pose for some photos in the desert. This special morning safari concludes with a short camel ride before the transfer back to the pick-up point.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Entry Tickets

2. Louvre Abu Dhabi: Entry Tickets

Experience a major collection of master artworks from around the world. Explore significant classic and modern works which bridge the gap between Western and Eastern art. Set foot in one of the largest museums in the Gulf Region. Take in its landmark architecture and iconic dome. Marvel at its design which is built to resemble palm leaves as you walk through the sun-filled promenades. Browse the museum's immense collection. See a wide array of works from all over the world, and discover the connections between East and West. Enjoy access to the permanent collection and special exhibitions as well as the children's museum. Encounter ancient artifacts or classical works by artists like Manet. After browsing the galleries, pause to reflect in one of the museum's public spaces.

Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance

3. Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance & Tannura Dance

Discover the true desert of Abu Dhabi. Feel the thrill with an exciting drive over the sand dunes, visit a camel farm and take to the dunes on a sandboard. As the afternoon turns to evening watch the spectacular sunset from the dunes. Your journey will continue until you reach the traditional Arabic camp, where you will enjoy a unique evening of activities and entertainment. Have the opportunity to try a host of activities like henna painting, belly dancing and shisha. After sunset, feast on a BBQ dinner served under the starlit sky. Enjoy live entertainment  in the form of belly dancing to ensure you have a night to remember.  Experience traditional Arabic hospitality, with Arabic coffee and dates served as they have been for centuries.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore the rich past, vibrant present, and thrilling future of Abu Dhabi on a tour of the largest emirate in the UAE. See key sights like the Corniche and Marina Mall, as well as the Grand Mosque and Al Watan Palace. After pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Persian Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi while listening to stories about one of the world’s richest cities. Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most popular landmarks of Abu Dhabi. Admire the mosque’s white marble structure that consists of 82 domes, chandeliers, and flower-patterned designs. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Admire the harbor's clean water as you continue to the opulent Emirates Palace, the official hotel of Abu Dhabi’s ruling government. Then, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. The next stop will be at the Marina Mall, where you can take a lunch break (at your own expense) and dine at the mall's restaurants or enjoy the food court options. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan palace housed in the presidential palace compound of the UAE. Notice the architectural features, artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Then enjoy the drive back to Dubai, where you will be dropped off.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

5. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

Depart Dubai and journey to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi by modern air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort on the 90-minute drive with your professional guide. On arrival, marvel at the 8th largest mosque in the world. Spread over 30 acres, the magnificent structure took more than a decade to build and now stands as a showcase for the United Arab Emirate’s Islamic cultural heritage. Roam around the site that can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers at any one time. Marvel at priceless features, such as the huge Swarovski crystal chandeliers, floral mosaics, and artifacts of gold, silver, and marble. Be amazed by the gigantic carpet in the main prayer hall. Measuring 60,570 square feet and weighing 35 tons, the carpet was made in Iran and is the result of the toil of thousands of carpet weavers over 2 years. Take stunning memorable photos of the complex and its awe-inspiring architecture, and get a better appreciation of the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the UAE and the mastermind behind the mosque. Depart Abu Dhabi and journey back to Dubai for a drop-off at your hotel or designated location.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

6. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

Enjoy a two-in-one day trip to two UAE essentials. Marvel at architectural and artistic wonders new and old on this inclusive excursion from Dubai. After pickup, sit back and enjoy the journey to the Mosque. On arrival, admire its shining exterior surface of white Greek and Macedonian tiles. Step inside and see the world’s largest hand-woven carpet, large crystal chandeliers, and glass panels studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Next, visit the Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island. The largest museum in the Gulf region, enjoy displays of both classic and modern works of cultural and sociological significance from all over the world. Admire pieces from French museums such as the Louvre, Pompidou Center, and Musee d’Orsay. Linger at the Children’s Museum, relax for a bite to eat in the cafe, or browse in the boutique. After the tour, enjoy the drive back to your hotel in Dubai.

Mangrove National Park: Self-Drive Speedboat Tour

7. Mangrove National Park: Self-Drive Speedboat Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Anantara Eastern Mangroves who will show you how to operate your own Rhino Rider speedboat. After a quick safety and operational briefing, hop onto your boat and slowly cruise through the marina towards the exit to the lagoon. Test the maximum speed of your Rhino Rider as you zoom through the lagoon passing the royal palace. Encounter flamingos on your way and observe them from a distance. Continue into the mangrove forest where you will maneuver through the canals. See fish, herons, crabs, or sometimes even dolphins along the way. Take a brief stop at an uninhabited island for a quick swim or to do some exploring. At the end of the tour, return to the departure point at Anantara Eastern Mangroves.

Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

8. Dubai: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 Attractions

Save time and money with an Explorer Pass and get up to 35% off admission to your choice of 3, 4, 5, or 7 top Dubai attractions, all for one low price. Pay nothing at the gate, and choose as you go to over 40 Dubai attractions, including a 1-day ticket for the hop-on and hop-off Dubai Big Bus tour. Enjoy a day of fun at the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis the Palm, cruise the Dubai Creek on a dhow boat while feasting on a delicious dinner, and more. Get your pass instantly delivered by email to print out, or you can use it directly from your phone for your convenience. Take time to see all your chosen attractions. You will have up to 60 days to explore from the first redemption. Included attractions with the Dubai Explorer Pass are: Tours and Cruises • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour: 1-Day Ticket • Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Dubai • Morning Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Marina • Dhow Dinner Cruise Dubai Creek • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Abu Dhabi Yas Island • Sunset Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina • Dhow Abu Dhabi Yas Island Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Creek Sightseeing cruise • Dhow Dubai Marina Sightseeing cruise • Speed Boat Sightseeing Tour • Palm Jumeirah Kayak Tour • Hour explorer Tour 60-Min • Sunset Sensation Tour 90-Min • Dubai Opera Tour Theme Parks and Rides • Ain Dubai - Observation Wheel (re-opening May 2nd) • Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm • Motiongate™ Dubai • Legoland® Dubai • BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai • Ski Dubai - Snow Classic • IMG Worlds of Adventure • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi • Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi • KidZania Abu Dhabi • iFly Dubai Indoor Skydiving • Ekart Zabeel • Legoland® Water Park Landmarks and Other Experiences • At the Top - Burj Khalifa• Qasr Al Watan • Arabian Culinary Experience at Al Hallab Restaurant • Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – Explorer Experience • 1001 Adventure tour ""4X4 Quad Bike"" in the desert • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi • Stand-up Paddle Lesson & Tour • Dubai Ice Rink Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

9. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

Discover the highlights of Abu Dhabi and enjoy a visit to the unique Ferrari World theme park. See the Heritage Village, and ride the Formula Rossa rollercoaster on this day trip from Dubai. Begin your tour with a visit to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, where you can admire the wonderful architecture that defines the beauty of Islamic art. Continue on to the Emirates Palace, an inspiring hotel in the city with 114 magnificent domes and fantastic suites decorated with gold and marble. You will then visit the Heritage Village, where you can learn more about the life of the Bedouins. Afterward you can enjoy the views of Abu Dhabi’s impressive skyline as you drive on to Al Corniche. The second half of your day trip takes you to the largest indoor theme park in the world – the Ferrari World. Experience the breathtaking rush of speed on the Formula Rossa rollercoaster and test your driving skills on one of the many simulators. Experience the different performances, marvel at the impressive dance and acrobatic shows, or enjoy go-karting.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

10. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

Immerse yourself in Abu Dhabi on a day trip from Dubai. Experience breathtaking buildings and views with visits to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Qasr Al Watan palace, and Emirates Palace. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Dubai. Relax during the scenic 90-minute journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE. Enter the mosque and be spellbound by its breathtaking interior – a symphony of marble, gold, crystals, and ceramics. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Then, enjoy a visit to another landmark of Abu Dhabi, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the Furious 7 movie will recognize this imposing tower. Stop for lunch at the Marina Mall. Enjoy a delicious meal at your own expense at one of the mall’s restaurants or food courts. Afterward, explore the Qasr Al Watan, or the “Palace of the Nation.” This splendid palace offers insight into Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the UAE. Explore the palace’s fascinating exhibits and marvel at its exquisite craftsmanship. Afterward, return to your accommodations in Dubai.

Frequently asked questions about Abu Dhabi

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23,806 reviews

A wonderful experience from start to finish! Adnan was very informative and took lots of pictures with both our personal phones and a professional camera. Gave us a detailed background of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the history of the mosque. Highly recommend to everyone!

We booked this tour on short notice and everything went to plan. Excellent communication by the organisation outlining what is required and what we should expect. Our guide was Noor. He was extremely polite, such a professional and very friendly.

Zeeshan our tour guide was extremely helpful and informative. Made our whole experience so smooth. We were picked up promptly and well taken care of.

It was an amazing experience. The guides were fun and knowledgeable and kept us engaged and filled with information the whole time.

Ziad was an amazing host. So very attentive and knowledgeable.