Explore Off-The-Beaten-Path Abu Dhabi With These Experiences

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi | © Stefano Politi Markovina / Alamy Stock Photo

As an increasingly popular travel destination, Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer for every type of visitor. We’ve picked out a selection of off-the-beaten-path experiences ideal for the culturally curious traveller.

Abu Dhabi’s stunning skyline hides a beautiful city full of incredible experiences for those looking for something a little different. The capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is literally translated as ‘Father of Gazelle’, and although the the region has changed significantly in recent years from the land that was once full of nature, these experiences will help you enjoy all sides of life here.

ToursEvening Desert Safari With BBQ Dinner, Henna Painting, Camel Ride and Belly Dance
From $83 per person
6 hours
4.7 (114)

Experience a host of exciting desert activities and a barbecue dinner on this six-hour, desert camp expedition from Abu Dhabi, including round-trip transport. Travel to a Bedouin-inspired camp amid the dunes, and throw yourself into the traditional Emirati activities on offer. Enjoy a 4×4 dune-bashing adventure; try sand boarding, camel riding, Henna Painting, Sheesha Smoking; watch a belly dance show, and much more. Rent a quad bike (additional cost) if you wish, and finish with a tasty barbecue.

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ToursAbu Dhabi Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours
From $43 per person
1 hour
4.8 (20)

As a city shaped by its seafaring heritage, Abu Dhabi can only truly be experienced by the water. Our unique sightseeing tours will take you on a journey through time as you experience the contemporary architecture juxtaposed with the traditional Arabic culture.75-minute Yas TourThis spectacular guided tour is a one-stop shop for all things Yas Island. It is brimming with iconic sights, as well as key tips and facts about the Island and its many attractions.60-minute Corniche TourThere’s simply no better way to explore Abu Dhabi’s headline-grabbing skyline than from the water. You start your tour in style at the luxurious Emirates Palace Marina, then head out to sea to experience the beautiful Corniche.60-minute Maya Island TourThis incredible guided tour takes you on a journey down Abu Dhabi’s extensive coastline, to witness the luxury of Abu Dhabi island, Emirates Palace and the Presidential Palaces juxtaposed with the natural, tranquil beauty of Al Maya Island.

ToursAbu Dhabi Seaplane Flight
From $272 per person
30 minutes
4 (1)

Get an aerial view of Abu Dhabi on a 30-minute flight by seaplane over the capital city and its stunning surroundings. Enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf as well as city sights as you soar at an elevation of just several hundred feet. Fly over the Ferrari World theme park, Emirates Palace, Zayed Bridge, Corniche Beach, Nurai Island and more.