Top 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi which is the capital of United Arab Emirates, is a destination of culture, history and adventure. From the famous Corniche to Ferrari World theme park, you will be captivated by this city.
1. Stroll around the Abu Dhabi Corniche
Abu Dhabi corniche is an impressive waterfront that includes cafés and restaurants, children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, and the Corniche Beach - a lifeguarded beach park. The Corniche beach has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status which is the internationally renowned eco-label for beaches and marinas that guarantees clean and safe bathing water.
2. Visit the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one the world’s largest mosques with a capacity for an 41,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers including the world's largest hand knotted carpet.
3. Experience the F1 race track at Yas Marina Circuit
If you like speed Yas Marina Circuit is a unique experience for you. Come and experience the thrill of sliding and swerving around a section of the circuit in your very own street legal vehicle during Yas Drift Nights. Or choose from a variety of other thrilling options such as ‘Driver Experiences’, ‘Passenger Experiences’, ‘Private Driving Tuition’ programmes and ‘Racing License Courses’. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. Experience the Ferrari story with passion and excitement with more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, interactive shopping and indulge in authentic Italian dining experiences.Do not miss out the world’s fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 240 kmph.
4. Tee off at Saadiyat Island
Witness the remarkable transformation of Saadiyat Island into a world class leisure, residential, business and cultural hub. Located just seven minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, the 27 square kilometre Saadiyat Island includes the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club which is the region’s first ocean course; the Gary Player-designed masterpiece is welcoming golfers for a truly unique playing experience. The nine kilometre Saadiyat Beach is the host to several Hawksbill turtle nests every year.
5. Get back to nature at Al Ain Oasis
This impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms. The cool, shady walkways transport you from the heat and noise of the city to a tranquil haven.
6. Get to the top at Jebel Hafeet
Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second rising with 1240 metres. Over 500 ancient burial tombs dating back 5,000 years have been found in the Jebel Hafeet foothills.
7. Desert safari and dune bashing
Liwa (a two hour drive from Abu Dhabi city), with 300 metre sand dunes are perfect for off-road driving. Discover the the desert lifestyles while visiting old settlements and camel farms.
8. Raise your adrenalin at the world's fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World Park
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. Experience the Ferrari story with passion and excitement with more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, interactive shopping and indulge in authentic Italian dining experiences.Do not miss out the world’s fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 240 kmph.
9. Discover endangered species at Al Ain Zoo
The Al Ain Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, with 180 species considered endangered. In the zoo, there are plenty of green public spaces for picnics and also a cafeteria, playgrounds and a train tour of the wildlife area if requested.
10. Bargain at traditional markets & souks
Abu Dhabi's souks are worth a visit for their bustling atmosphere, and to observe the traditional way of doing business. Take a trip to the Fish Souk at Mina Zayed, near Abu Dhabi’s main port area, and experience the way traditional business is done.The Al Mina Fruit & Vegetable Souk market is a great place to explore local products. With a great variety of choices, even if you are not buying, this area is a great place for photography.Yemeni mattresses and machine made carpets dominate Abu Dhabi’s Carpet Souk.