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  • Location:Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Abu Dhabi Modern Architecture Tour from Dubai

Marvel at the space-age architecture of Abu Dhabi on a full-day trip from Dubai. With an informative guide, travel to the UAE’s shimmering capital by air-conditioned coach and ogle its line-up of soaring skyscrapers, eye-popping hotels and boundary-pushing leisure parks. View the futuristic, eco-friendly city of Masdar; explore Yas Island, home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi; and see top sights such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as you learn about Abu Dhabi’s transformation from fishing port to space-age city in a few short decades.


  • Full-day coach tour of Abu Dhabi’s development and architecture from Dubai
  • Learn about the city’s transformation from fishing port to innovative metropolis with your guide
  • Visit several exciting developments including Masdar City, Yas Island and Saadiyat Island
  • Discover high-profile attractions such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the visitor center at Manarat Al Saadiyat
  • Enjoy photo stops at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the impressive UAE Pavilion, a recyclable building
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

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What You Can Expect

Abu Dhabi Modern Architecture Tour from Dubai

See the sights of modern Abu Dhabi!

Depart your central Dubai hotel in the morning. Meet your guide, settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel through the desert, past Jebel Ali port, to Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital. 

Along the way, hear fascinating facts about Abu Dhabi’s rapid development following the oil boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Before then, the city was little more than a small fishing port, with a handful of buildings, harborside and a defensive fort.

Learn how the discovery of oil changed everything at lightning speed, and how recently, Abu Dhabi’s rulers have taken their cue from glamorous Dubai, investing heavily in futuristic architecture and leisure attractions.

Start with a visit to Masdar City: a multi-billion dollar eco-city under construction on the edges of Abu Dhabi. The energy-efficient city is powered mostly by solar panels and composed of cube-like buildings that make it look like it’s landed from a sci-fi movie.

Take in the views of the city, due to be finished in 2525, before continuing to Yas Island, an artificial island given over to luxury hotels and leisure parks.

Marvel at the spectacular Yas Viceroy Hotel with its eye-popping LED canopy, and stop for photos of the Yas Marina F1 circuit. 

Take in gleaming Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-designed motorsport park. While your tour doesn’t include time to experience the park’s rides, visit the gift store to shop for Ferrari-themed souvenirs (own expense).  

Refuel with lunch (own expense) on Yas Island, and afterward, visit Saadiyat Island, another man-made islet that showcases Abu Dhabi’s contemporary art and cultural achievements.

Pose for photos at the UAE Pavilion — an acclaimed sustainable building — and explore the visitor center at Manarat Al Saadiyat, where videos and scale models illustrate the Abu Dhabi of the future.

Snap pictures of the glittering Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi’s best-known mosque, before returning to Dubai, where your day trip ends at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Sehr gute Organisation,reibungsloser Ablauf, viel zu sehen ,immer gerne wieder

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent!!!! OMG! I enjoyed this tour 100
Please do it. the visit to Masdar city excellent, very interesting. Ferrari world was okay. visit to the Abu Dhabi project museum very interesting. Stop by the Mosque although only the outside and short it was great. Overall great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Outstanding tour with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. I was the only person on the tour and was treated very well. Masdar City was a highlight, and I loved learning more about the mega art projects on Saadiyat Island as it was directly related to my job. I highly recommend this tour and am in fact including it as part of the program for an upcoming trade mission that I'm planning.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great trip very informative guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tour- very informative .Too little time at fararri world to get round the shop .. Could take done time off lunch at the mall to make it longer
Highly recommended for a whistle stop tour of Abu Dhabi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

awesome tour, our guide was lots of fun and very knowledgeable. Good way to hit most of the high points in Abu Dhabi in one afternoon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great experience and great tour guide! Would have liked to enter the Ferrari World and would have liked to have more time in Abu Dhabi. Other than that, it was a nice experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

A well organised tour and a professional guide who gave us a lot of interesting information about places and culture

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Jana the tour girl was awesome . She provided the most detailed information during the tour . It was a great experience . I highly recommend that tour , the company in charge was Orient tour and they were amazing . Ask for Jana ( she is from Germany) , she will Give you the best your ever .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Very informative. Wonderful guide Jana!

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