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Abu Dhabi things to do & places to visit

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The richest of the emirates does not aim at beating the scores of the mind blowing Dubai projects, though it can boast of more than enough impressive sights. The residents of Abu Dhabi live a regular life, collecting rarity cars, ploughing the waves on their ultramodern yachts and speeding along the famous race tracks, as if playing toy cars. That's why local attractions are correspondingly chic. All the attractions are situated in the man-made island of Yas. This is a concentration of incredible extreme auto attractions: Ferrari theme park, which is the biggest one in the world, a Formula One race track, and lots of other things.

The recreation style of the emirate is calm and respectable. Chic hotels, equipped beaches, huge shopping malls and exquisite restaurants are offer the ideal conditions for the most demanding travelers.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi 18

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See dugongs in the wild in Abu Dhabi
Eugene Krasowski See dugongs in the wild#1 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

The Persian Gulf is the habitat of remarkable animals – dugongs. Finding them in the wild is not an easy task, but still it’s possible.

How much: free#dugongs#unusual#active#free#animals#natureAbu Dhabi
Visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque#2 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, a symbol of the authentic Islamic architecture and an example of the unity of all peoples and religions.

How much: free#mosques#authentic#strolling#free#culturalSheikh Zayed Mosque
Feed giraffes in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Feed giraffes#4 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Treat spotted giants to lush grass and acacia branches at Emirates Park Zoo. Kids and adults love to interact with the gorgeous tall animals!

How much: free#animals#fun#zooEmirates Park Zoo
Visit the Date Festival in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Visit the Date Festival#5 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Appreciate the taste of two hundred varieties of dates at the picturesque and really grand event the Date Festival in Liwa oasis.

How much: free#dates#festivals#holidays#authentic#freeLiwa oasis
See Yowla dance in Abu Dhabi
oddviser See Yowla dance#6 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Yowla dance symbolizes unity. See this traditional folk performance, or even better, take part in it in annually action-packed festival Qasr al-Hosn.

How much: free#authentic#free#educational#culturalThe Qasr Al Hosn festival
Ride the most speedy rollercoaster in the world in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Ride the most speedy rollercoaster in the world#7 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Take a ride on the world's fastest roller coaster with the speed of 240 km per hour.

How much: from 250 dirhams#water-parks#active#extreme#fun#attractions Ferrari World
Visit a contemporary art exhibition in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Visit a contemporary art exhibition#8 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Manarat Al Saadiyat is an amazing place for the contemporary art connoisseurs and an amazing place of cultural enlightenment.

How much: free#art#cultural#freeThe Manarat Al Saadiyat Museum
Take a boat trip in the mangroves in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Take a boat trip in the mangroves#9 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Make a trip on an electric boat to see the incredible beauty of the untouched green oases of mangroves and its inhabitants.

How much: from 200 dirhams#active#nature#strollingEastern Mangrove Lagoon
Feed seagulls in the gulf in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Feed seagulls in the gulf#10 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Feed the seagulls, soaring over the sparkling gulf waters. Feel the spirit of the city, hidden in the simple things.

How much: free#nature#freeThe Persian Gulf
Try pearl hunting in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Try pearl hunting#11 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Do you want to learn how to hunt for pearls? Find your pearl in one of the unusual attractions of the amusement water park Yas Waterworld.

How much: from 149 dirhams#active#unusual#fun#kids#attractionsYas Waterworld Waterpark
Try land sailing in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Try land sailing#12 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Want to try something really unusual? This sport sounds like a lot of fun – try your hand in land sailing to get to the essence of its appeal.

How much: from 280 dirhams#unusual#active#nature#extremeAbu Dhabi
Visit the restaurant with "rollercoasters" in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Visit the restaurant with "rollercoasters"#13 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Here you may not only have a good meal but also see how dishes go down the rollercoasters.

How much: price unknown#restaurants#unusualYas Mall
Get gold from an ATM in Abu Dhabi
Nika Get gold from an ATM#14 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Purchase precious metal in the world's first gold ATM «Gold to Go». This souvenir can really surprise and will be an excellent investment!

How much: from 133 dirhams#gold#unusual#luxury#souvenirsHotel Emirates Palace
Try dragon boating in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Try dragon boating#15 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Try yourself in entertainment which become popular over the world - team dragon boat paddling – this attraction is available to all volunteers.

How much: free#active#freeCapital Dragons Organization
Jump over the waves on a jet ski in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Jump over the waves on a jet ski#16 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Go for a fast and comfortable ride – drive a jet ski on the waves of the Gulf and don’t worry if you have no experience in driving a personal watercraft.

How much: from 200 dirhams#active#attractionsHiltonia Beach Club
Stroll in the narrow streets of the ancient Arabic bazaar in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Stroll in the narrow streets of the ancient Arabic bazaar#17 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Take a walk around the old Arabic bazaar and feel the spirit of the Oriental market life.

How much: free#authentic#free#strollingThe Old Souq
Take a bike ride along the promenade in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Take a bike ride along the promenade#18 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Rent a bike and take a leisurely trip along the beautiful 8-kilometer long Corniche.

How much: from 30 dirhams#active#strollingThe Corniche
Go to Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi
oddviser Go to Formula One Grand Prix#19 of 20 things to do in Abu Dhabi

The roar of motors, 55 thousand onlookers and an incredible track – you have to see Formula One Grand Prix with your own eyes!

How much: from 400 dirhams#showsYas Island
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Places to visit in Abu Dhabi 18

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque#1 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

This unique and simply breathtaking place of religious worship is the best sample of modern architecture where you can get to know about Islamic culture.

#mosques#sightsAbu Dhabi
The Manarat Al Saadiyat Museum
The Manarat Al Saadiyat Museum#3 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

Here you can get familiar with the contemporary art and find out more about the history of Saadiyat Island. The museum holds all kinds of exhibitions of local and foreign masters.

#museums#sightsAbu Dhabi
Emirates Park Zoo
Emirates Park Zoo#4 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

This zoo attracts both adults and children because it is different from other zoos for the possibility to interact with most species, feed and even pat them.

#zoos#sightsAbu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld Waterpark
Yas Waterworld Waterpark#5 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

The highlight of this unusual and really grandiose water-park is one of a kind attraction that is to be found nowhere else in the world.

#water-parks#activitiesAbu Dhabi
Eastern Mangrove Lagoon
Eastern Mangrove Lagoon#6 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

This first of the five existing mangrove reserves is under the aegis of the state. Its pristine lagoon being home to rare species of birds and animals.

#sightsAbu Dhabi
Liwa oasis
Liwa oasis#7 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

This place attracts travelers with a possibility to visit the Date Festival. Also the landscapes of Liwa oasis are so unusual that they create a sense of a true mirage.

#oasesAbu Dhabi
The Qasr Al Hosn festival
The Qasr Al Hosn festival#8 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

Every year the festival gathers thousands of onlookers, wishing to get acquainted with the history and culture of the Arab people.

#activities#festivals#showsAbu Dhabi
The Corniche
The Corniche#9 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

8 kilometers of the neat and clean promenade is an ideal place for walking and biking or for a comfortable beach holiday.

#sightsAbu Dhabi
Hotel Emirates Palace
Hotel Emirates Palace#10 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

The presidential hotel, that looks like an exquisite Arabian palace - Emirates Palace is one of the best hotels in the Emirates - the breathtaking epitome of luxury and wealth.

#hotelsAbu Dhabi
Hiltonia Beach Club
Hiltonia Beach Club#11 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

Hiltonia is a great place for water sports in the western part of the Corniche. Here you can opt for a banana boat, go water skiing, canoeing, scuba diving or fishing.

#activities#sport#beachesAbu Dhabi
Ferrari World
Ferrari World#12 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

The world's largest theme park Ferrari is a unique concentration of attractions, restaurants, boutiques and shops.

#amusement-parksAbu Dhabi
Capital Dragons Organization
Capital Dragons Organization#13 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

Capital Dragons is a member of the UAE Dragon Boat Association. The organization's mission is popularizing marine sports and team dragon boat racing in particular.

#activitiesAbu Dhabi
The Persian Gulf
The Persian Gulf#14 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

The Persian Gulf is the Middle East itself, revealing in its full, with the old traditions and charm of ancient Arabic fairy tales.

#nature#freeAbu Dhabi
Yas Island
Yas Island#15 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

The key destination in Abu Dhabi, a concentration of most incredible buildings and attractions. Yas Island is a man-made island, occupying an area of 2,5 hectares!

#sights#activitiesAbu Dhabi
Yas Mall
Yas Mall#16 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

This mall is the largest in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the second largest in the country. It is located on the famous man-made Yas Island.

#shopping-malls#storesAbu Dhabi
The Old Souq
The Old Souq#17 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

The oldest open-air market in Abu Dhabi, where you can feel the Oriental charm and the spirit of Arabic street trade while walking along unique labyrinth of narrow market streets.

#marketsAbu Dhabi
Aldar HQ Building
Aldar HQ Building#18 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

This construction has defeated all the stereotypes about skyscrapers and is rightly acknowledged as the most original and unique building in the world.

#skyscrapers#sightsAbu Dhabi
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel#19 of 21 places to visit in Abu Dhabi

This hotel is the embodiment of the highest standards of luxury vacation, that is beyond comparison in Abu Dhabi. Here you can find an awesome observation platform.

#sights#viewpointsAbu Dhabi

Tours & excursions in Abu Dhabi 1

Sightseeing Tour: Emirates Palace, Royal Palaces and Grand Mosque
Sightseeing Tour: Emirates Palace, Royal Palaces and Grand Mosque

Come aboard and discover the ever-changing city skyline like you have never seen it before.

Price from 280 dirhams#tours#sights

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