The Best Places for a Unique Night Out in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi | © Mathias Apitz (München)/Flickr
Jessica Harn

Abu Dhabi is quickly catching up to the hype of its sister city Dubai, and becoming a favorite travel destination for many who venture into the Arabian Peninsula. With the perfect blend of old and new, traditional and international, Abu Dhabi has something for everyone. Its nightlife is becoming more recognized as well, with various unique ways to celebrate.

Spend a luxurious evening at the Emirates Palace Hotel

Arguably one of the most gorgeous places in the city, everyone should visit the Emirates Palace Hotel at least once. The best time is in the evening, when the gold and jeweled interior is lit up with lights and the cafes are buzzing with the elite sipping on gold-flaked cappuccinos.

Emirates Palace Hotel will redefine what luxury means to you

Romantic strolls on the corniche

Partying it up on the famous Yas Island

Yas Island and the resorts on the beach are one of the hottest places to be in the entire UAE. For a truly unique night out in the city, head to any one of the clubs, bars, or resorts on Yas Island to rub shoulders with the most energetic of people in Abu Dhabi.

Contemplate life at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a truly breathtaking marvel of architecture, and to visit it while the sun sets and the night starts to take over will be completely worth it. Here you can sit on the carpeted floors or gaze out onto the white marbled courtyard and get lost in thought at the beauty of life.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most beautiful places in the entire UAE

Mingle with the famous at the Lobby Lounge at Etihad Towers

The Lobby Lounge at the Etihad Towers is most famous for its spectacular views of the city and the Arabian Gulf, and is a hotspot for the rich and famous to take either dinner or coffee while enjoying the view. This is one of the best places to get a panorama view of the city for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Abu Dhabi.

Indulge in Abu Dhabi’s thriving local Emirati cuisine scene

Abu Dhabi has some of the best restaurants for local Emirati cuisine, and the only problem will be choosing which place to go for dinner! Try Meylas restaurant for its authentic Emirati atmosphere and delicious family-size dishes, or Majlis Alfareej restaurant for a most relaxed vibe with its famous seafood platters and addictive local desserts and sweets.

Spend a thrilling evening at Ferrari World

For those who love amusement parks and thrills, the best way to spend a truly unique night out in Abu Dhabi is to visit the world famous Ferrari World. The world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, is located here, as well as dozens of other rides and entertainment venues that are bound to make you never want to leave the city!

Just a small part of the enormous Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi

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