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Things to do in  Abu Dhabi

Welcome to Abu Dhabi

Slightly more subdued than flashy Dubai, the Persian Gulf city of Abu Dhabi is a place that mixes old and new. Immerse yourself in the United Arab Emirates' dynamic capital with a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, stop by the museums on Saadiyat Island, or sail aboard a traditional Arab dhow boat. Excursions outside the city center give opportunities for dune bashing in the desert and overnights at Bedouin-style camps. For thrills, experience world-class shopping—including bartering for local goods at the Gold Souk—the world's fastest rollercoaster, and the Ferrari World Formula One race track on Yas Island.

Top 10 attractions in Abu Dhabi

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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The massive, white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the central place of worship for citizens of the United Arab Emirates, accommodating roughly 40,000 people. Highlights inside include white marble columns with mother-of-pearl engravings, expansive Iranian carpets, and intricate crystal chandeliers.More
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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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The race car–themed Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi features 20 rides and attractions—everything from the toddler-friendly carousel of Ferrari prototype cars to cutting-edge racing simulators that will please older kids and teens. The largest indoor theme park in the world is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, a hydraulic-powered thrill ride that sees visitors strapped into a Ferrari Formula One-like coaster car and launched at speeds of up to 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour.More
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Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche

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Running along the northwest side of the city, the Corniche (also known as Corniche Road) is a stretch of land on the waterfront perfect for a stroll or bike ride. The 5-mile (8-kilometer) promenade has dedicated cycling and pedestrian areas as well as family-friendly beaches, children’s play areas, cafes, restaurants, and shopping.More
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Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

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Opened in 2005, the 5-star Emirates Palace hotel is one of Abu Dhabi’s top attractions for its sheer scale and grandeur. The multi-domed luxury hotel, part of Kempinski Hotels, sits on the beachfront in palm-sprinkled gardens and makes a lavish retreat for guests and a must-see for Abu Dhabi visitors.More
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Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

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Sitting on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Breakwater, the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village is a reconstruction of an authentic Arabian village. The site offers everything from craft workshops to a replica souk and museum, as well as providing a window into desert life before the 20th-century oil boom.More
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Tours

Louvre Abu Dhabi Tours

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Opened in 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi stands on Saadiyat Island near central Abu Dhabi. A collaboration between the United Arab Emirates and France, this museum’s stunning, filigreed metal dome draws visitors in to view a collection of artworks and artifacts designed to chart the story of the world’s civilizations.More
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Marina Mall

Marina Mall

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Situated on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Breakwater, the Marina Mall is one of the city’s leading shopping destinations, with five floors of stores and leisure venues. There are more than 400 shops, a movie multiplex, family entertainment hubs, and a mix of restaurants, cafés, and fast food options.More
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Warner Bros. World

Warner Bros. World

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Located on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, Warner Bros. World is a massive indoor theme park dedicated to the shows and movies of the giant entertainment company. Inside, you’ll enter a parallel universe filled with characters fromBatman andThe Flintstones, explore their movie-set towns, and enjoy rides and interactive family attractions.More
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Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld

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Yas Waterworld sits on Yas Island just outside Abu Dhabi and attracts families, thrill seekers, and water lovers of all ages. Alongside five one-of-a-kind rides, the park serves up an additional 40 slides, experiences, and adventures. This attraction also stages entertainment events and offers restaurants, cafés, and shops.More
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Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Island

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Sitting northeast of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is one of the city’s emerging tourist and cultural hotspots. Covering 10.5 square miles (27 square kilometers), the low-lying island is characterized by state-of-the-art art cultural centers, 5-star hotels, and white-sand beaches.More

Trip ideas

Recent reviews from experiences in Abu Dhabi

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Great experience!
Lazar_K, May 2022
Private Abu Dhabi Half Day City Tour for 2 person
We recommend this tour and the guide to anyone who wants to see the city in a small group setting.
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Great tour if your time in Abu Dhabi is limited
Philippe_C, Mar 2022
Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village & Dates Market
This tour allowed us to visit the most interesting places in Abu Dhabi.
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The perfect tour guide
Dominique_A, Feb 2022
Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village & Dates Market
He spoke English and German impeccably---incredible range of vocabulary.
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Great day out
ALEXANDER_K, Sep 2021
Full-Day Abu Dhabi City Tour from Abu Dhabi
Really enjoyable day tour of the main sights in Abu Dhabi (very effective way to see things if you don't have a car).
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Great highlight tour of Abu Dhabi
Paul_G, Mar 2020
Abu Dhabi City Tour from Abu Dhabi
Great tour to see a lot of the sites in Abu Dhabi.
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Tour of Abu Dhabi
Kourosh_A, Feb 2020
Abu Dhabi City Tour from Abu Dhabi
The tour was much more than we expected It covered all the important attractions in Abu Dhabi Our guide Imran Khan was very knowledgeable and friendly
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A night in the desert
Perry R, Oct 2019
Abu Dhabi: 7-Hours Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding
All activities were well supervised.
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Great Way to see Abu Dhabi
PJ_B, Mar 2019
Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
We visited Abu Dhabi last week and used the Big Bus Tour to see all the sights.
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Very enjoyable experience. Riding...
Erick G, May 2018
Evening Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Camel Ride and Sand Boarding
There are a lot of optional activities at the camp.
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Good tour, quite long. Nice to pet...
Cheryl W, Nov 2016
Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch
I'd try to add one point of interest along the way back to Abu Dhabi and skip the hot spring.
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This ride helps a lot at the...
ARTEMIS P, Nov 2016
Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
This ride helps a lot at the begining of your stay in Abu Dhabi, so you can then select the tours and places you want to visit with more time.
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Great trip, drivers English could be...
Annmaree B, Oct 2016
Al Ain Day Trip from Abu Dhabi with Lunch
Great trip, drivers English could be better also he was always on his mobile phone even when driving.
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You feel like a kid in Disney World...
Cynthia_N, Jan 2017
Ferrari World Entry with Transfers from Dubai as per option selected
My family enjoyed going to Ferrari World and the activities there.
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Enjoyable, informative City Tour in Abu Dhabi
Robert_F, Feb 2020
Abu Dhabi City Tour from Abu Dhabi
We booked this tour to see some highlights of Abu Dhabi on our first visit.
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Beautiful experience
Deshawnda, Oct 2019
Private Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Tour
This tour is a must see if you plan to visit ABU DHABI ..
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Ferrari experience
kenneth_h, Nov 2018
Ferrari World Tour from Dubai
Ferrari world itself was a fun day lots of interesting rides, got to get into a race car and do a simulation race , then went to the formula one race track, had a great tour of the track and the pit area would recomend this part of the trip,the journey down to to abu dhabi was anight mare very poor drive spoke little english packed into a 12 seater mini van no leg room , told to be at meeting point at 7 driver there had to wait nearly 2 hrs for other pax to turn up,because they were late then had another night mare ride home in van worst ride ever
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This trip took a little finding on...
Paul B, Dec 2017
Full Day Tour of Dubai with Lunch from Abu Dhabi
Due to flights we had to stay in Abu Dhabi and really wanted to see Dubai as never been to either place before.
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This is a great tour covering all...
mnaveenis, Dec 2017
Full Day Tour of Dubai with Lunch from Abu Dhabi
Highly recommend this tour if you have just a day to visit Dubai from Abu Dhabi.
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On a 2 day stopover in Abu Dhabi my...
Helen O, Oct 2015
Dubai Sightseeing Day Trip from Abu Dhabi
It was very good value for money and an easy way of seeing Dubai's many attractions in one day.
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The one day tour to Ferrari World...
Kuan Yu L, Dec 2015
Ferrari World Entry with Transfers from Dubai as per option selected
Our tourist guide Sher Zaman gave us a very detailed introduction of UAE, very patiently explained about each point of interest on the way to Abu Dhabi, he also gave us very nice tips about the attractions in Ferrari World to avoid waiting for long queues.

All about Abu Dhabi

When to visit

Abu Dhabi’s desert setting means that the city experiences scorching temperatures year-round. April through May brings the most comfortable weather conditions, along with several cultural and sporting events. If visiting during Ramadan, which often falls in May or June, be aware of restaurant closures and special religious events.

People Also Ask

What is Abu Dhabi best known for?

Although often overshadowed by Dubai, Abu Dhabi is drawing ever-increasing tourist attention. While the vast Sheikh Zayed Mosque tops the must-sees, the city is probably better known for leisure attractions like Yas Island’s Ferrari World and Yas Marina F1 circuit. It’s also famous for its desert, with its Insta-worthy dunes.

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Is it safe to go to Abu Dhabi?

Yes, Abu Dhabi is very safe to travel to. It has one of the world’s lowest crime rates, however, petty crimes such as pickpocketing do exist, so take extra care in crowded areas. There’s a small risk of terrorism, and if you’re nitpicking, the possibility of extreme weather like heavy sandstorms and thunderstorms.

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How can I spend a weekend in Abu Dhabi?

Take a hop-on hop-off bus around Abu Dhabi’s sights, disembarking to explore the stunning Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Later, hit the desert by 4WD or camel, staying late for a starlit BBQ. Come Sunday, admire the art at Abu Dhabi Louvre, check out the Yas Marina circuit, or brave Ferrari World’s coasters.

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What is there to do in Abu Dhabi at night?

There is plenty to do in Abu Dhabi at night. Join a city tour to admire Abu Dhabi’s floodlit cityscape or book a dhow (wooden boat) cruise to view the illuminated Corniche while you relax over drinks and dinner. Other options include heading deep into the desert sands for an Arabian Nights-style evening of BBQ stations and belly-dancing shows.

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Is Abu Dhabi expensive?

Yes, Abu Dhabi is expensive. However, while the UAE capital has an undeniably luxe vibe, it can still be budget-friendly—especially if you’re happy to mainly lounge at the pool and beach. Other inexpensive activities include hop-on hop-off tours, visiting mosques and souks, and gorging on hotel set-price, all-you-can-eat brunches.

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What are do's and don'ts in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi is in a Muslim country, so it’s important to respect local customs. Any must-do list includes dressing to cover knees and shoulders in public places. Don’ts include drinking alcohol anywhere aside from licensed venues. Finally, it’s essential to prepare for the heat: summer temps regularly exceed 100°F (38°C).

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