Abu Dhabi, a city brimming with life welcomes you with its top-notch infrastructure, a vast expanse of desert, some beautiful beaches, adrenaline-pumping adventure activities, and exquisite luxury hotels.
The capital of UAE, it’s one of the seven cities that form the Emirates. The city showcases traditional Arabian culture and heritage with dollops of stunning modern architecture to take your breath away. The city has tons on offer and you’ll feel pretty lost wondering which ones should be a must on your itinerary. Don’t you worry. We have compiled this list of the 10 best places you must visit on your visit to Abu Dhabi.
1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Built of milky-white marble and with its 82 domes and beautifully decorated walls, floors, and ceilings, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque leaves every visitor absolutely speechless. You’ll get to see the world’s largest carpet here at the main prayer hall covering all of 60,570 square feet. The carpet is the fruit of painstaking effort put in by 1200-1300 weavers for almost two years. The dazzling chandeliers have been imported from Germany and they add a new dimension to the mosque’s beauty.
2. Ferrari World
Inspired by the Formula 1 giants Ferrari, speed is the mantra at Ferrari World. The Ferrari World is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa which zooms through at a remarkable 240 kms/hr. You can get deals on Ferrai World Tickets here, but this usually available some time. There’s also a gallery displaying some stunning Ferrari models. Go for the Scuderia Challenge on a virtual Yas Marina circuit to get a hang of driving a Ferrari. It’s a day filled with fun and adventure with your family and friends at the Ferrari World.
3. The Emirates Palace
This magnificent luxury hotel is a benchmark in opulence. Even if you choose not to dine here, do visit the place to witness the stunningly decorated interiors with gold finish. Inspired by traditional Arabian culture, the hotel houses rare artifacts. Don't forget to look up and take in the spectacular beauty of the large central dome. If budget isn't a constraint, do drop by at the Le Café, which serves, yes you heard it right, Gold Capuccino, coffee with a sprinkling of real 24-carat gold flakes.
4. The Abu Dhabi Corniche
Take in breathtaking views of the gorgeous city skyline from the Abu Dhabi Corniche promenade. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is a perfect place to unwind. You may take a relaxing stroll along the beach or you may cycle around a bit. For something more exciting, go for speed boating. You may also rent a bike to explore this beach with a separate section for families. The beach also has showers and umbrellas for you to relax beneath.
5. Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum located on the Saadiyat Island is a stunning display of modern architecture. The dome above is a sight to behold. The dome is web patterned and the rays of the sun filter through to create a stunning visual effect. Apart from being an architectural wonder, the Abu Dhabi Louvre also exhibits works of art from all around the world and enjoys the distinction of being the Arabian Peninsula’s largest art museum.
6. Heritage Village
If you are looking to delve deeper into the Arabian culture and the traditional way of life of the Arabs, head for the Heritage Village. It’s a fine display of Persian heritage at this recreated village with its tents, wooden houses, camel sheds, and shops selling craft items. The Heritage Village also has its own museum to tell you more about age-old Arabian customs and traditions.
7. The Warner Bros. World
The Warner Bros. World, as the name suggests is a display of the world of Hollywood films produced by the production giants. There are 6 themed zones, all inspired by movies from the production house of Warner Bros.- Gotham City (Batman), Bedrock (The Flinstones), Cartoon Junction (Hanna-Barbera), Metropolis (The Superman), Dynamite Gulch (The Looney Tunes), and the Warner Brothers Plaza, a showcase of Hollywood in all its splendor.
8. Etihad Towers Observation Deck
A complex of 5 towers, tower 2 of the Etihad Towers welcomes tourists to an observation deck for a breathtaking birds-eye view of the stunning Abu Dhabi skyline. Located right opposite the Emirates Palace Hotel, Vin Diesel driving through three towers in a Lykan Hypersport here at the Etihad Towers was a major crowd puller for the movie Furious 7. There’s a fee for entry into the observation tower, but considering the experience up there, it’s money well spent.
9. Saadiyat Island
One of the most beautiful beaches in Abu Dhabi, the Saadiyat Island is where the Saadiyat Beach Club and the Park Hyatt and St. Regis have their private zones. Access to the beach is free and exclusive to the residents at these properties. To spend a day here, you’ll have to visit the Saadiyat Beach Club for unlimited access to the lounge, Jacuzzi, sauna, pool, and the beach. The turquoise blue waves of the sea meeting the clean sands of the beach is a sight to behold.
10. Desert Safari
The Desert Safari truly makes your holiday memorable. There could be no better way to explore the desert than this wonderful safari. Opt for activities like the adrenaline-pumping dune bashing and sandboarding, or the more relaxing camel riding. The day draws to a close with a sumptuous BBQ dinner and camping under the dark desert sky. Live entertainment shows like a belly dance performance add some spice to what is truly a heady experience.
Abu Dhabi is a city that mesmerizes visitors with its charm and beauty. It’s a perfect blend of modernism and tradition. The city welcomes you with many attractions, so many that you may feel confused. Have a pleasant stay in the city and pick the places you visit from our list to enjoy the best the city has on offer.