Day trip

Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour, Qasr Al Watan, & Founder's Memorial

Activity provider: OceanAir Travels
Day trip

Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour, Qasr Al Watan, & Founder's Memorial

Activity provider: OceanAir Travels
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Explore Abu Dhabi's attractions on a guided tour from Dubai. Witness the architecture of Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Etihad Towers, and marvel at the Qasr Al Watan palace and the Founder's Memorial.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, Italian
Pickup included
From any hotel or apartment in Dubai, as well as Port Rashid. Pickup from Bab Al Shams Hotel and Al Maha Resort is available at an additional cost. Pickup from Dubai Airport available from Holiday Inn Airport hotel. Pickup will be made within 0-40 minutes of your selected time as per your location.


  • Be in awe at the spiritual ambiance and Islamic architecture of the Grand Mosque
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the observation deck of Etihad towers
  • Bask in the beauty of scenic roads on a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Gain insights into UAE’s heritage & governing principles at Qasr Al Watan Palace
  • Honor the life, legacy, & vision of UAE’s Founder at the Founder’s Memorial
Full description

Embark on a fascinating cultural tour departing from your accommodation in Dubai. Explore the highlights of Abu Dhabi in one day, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Etihad Towers, the Founder's Memorial, and the gorgeous Qasr Al Watan palace. A surreal work of architecture spread across 30 acres of land - that’s how you can describe the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the first destination of your experience. Admire the remarkable beauty of the pure white marble and huge domes of the mosque. Witness the most impressive features in the mosque - the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet and the gold-clad Swarovski Crystal Chandeliers. Take in the scenic views of the Persian Gulf and the skylines as you drive along Abu Dhabi Corniche. Enjoy a visit to the Etihad Towers, the imposing structure that appeared in the famous Furious 7 movie. Feel your heart pounding in excitement as you enjoy the bird’s eye view of the city from the observation deck. Thereafter, take a lunch break at your own expense. Get refreshed with a delectable lunch from local restaurants. Visit the Founder's Memorial, a permanent memorial to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. As you explore, learn more about the Sheikh's life, heritage, and principles. Swing by the Qasr Al Watan palace to get insights into Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the UAE. Explore the palace’s fascinating exhibits and marvel at its overall exquisite craftsmanship. Hold all the day's memories tight as you are driven back to your accommodation.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tour guide
  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque visit
  • Observation Deck of Etihad Tower visit
  • Founder's Memorial visit
  • Qasr Al Watan visit
  • Abaya and scarf for ladies (on loan)
  • Cold mineral water
  • Lunch
  • Any extra services or expenses not mentioned above
  • Guided tour within the Al Watan Palace (entrance only)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Women must wear long, loose clothing and fully cover their arms, legs, and head. If required, a long Abaya with a scarf (long black dress attire) can be loaned
  • Men must cover their knees and shoulders must be covered. No loan clothes are provided for men
  • Qasr Al Watan has the right to close the entrance without notice
  • It is not possible to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque during any Islamic festivals
  • Guided tours are not permitted inside the palace
  • The duration of the tour includes hotel pickup, drop-off, and travel time between locations
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 583 reviews

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The experience was absolutely wonderful! I think the pace of the tour was really excellent. I highly recommend bringing sunglasses because both the palace and the mosque have a LOT of white and a LOT of glaring sunshine. Sarah was an incredible tour guide!

March 24, 2023

This is a must-do tour while you are in Dubai. We absolutely loved it! The price matched the quality and the tour exceeded our expectations. The entire tour was well organised: hotel pickup, rental abaya, tour guide, transportation, etc. A wow factor was the beauty of Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Qasr Al Watan. I did not research those places much prior to the tour, and also did not check many images on Google, so my expectations were met and went above. No images can show how beautiful the places are, so definitely recommend this tour! The tour had perfect timing (hotel pickup at 8 am and were back by 6-7 pm). Great communication from the tour organizers who messaged us a couple of days prior to the tour to confirm the details), and additional comms were received from the tour guide and also from the driver who picked us up. Instructions were simple and clear, so there were nearly zero chances of miscommunication. Loved absolutely everything about this tour and highly recommend it! Cheers

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March 24, 2023

This was a great day out for my sister and I. We were picked up on time, given superb information from our guide for the day and felt well looked after from start to finish. Each stop was fabulous, with lots of photo opportunities and interesting information to digest. My only note for improvement would be the mall stop. This was not what we expected, run down drab mall with no good shopping offerings. Changed this to a better mall and addv slightly longer and this trip will beat all the rest. I'd definitely do this again if coming back.

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March 24, 2023

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