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Abu Dhabi - Corniche | © Panoramas/Flickr
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The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Abu Dhabi

Picture of Kalpana Satish
Updated: 9 February 2017
Full of historic wonders and new world discoveries, Abu Dhabi is a truly a phenomenal city. The location has preserved its culture throughout the years but managed to progress forward in many aspects and continues to do so at every turn. Tourists flock to this destination everyday for leisure, business, and special occasions alike. 

Tour the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a symbol of worship for the entire country. The mosque was a vision that was first envsaiged by one of the nation’s former prominent leaders. It was later finished posthumously to honor his dedication to the country and his “nothing is impossible” attitude. The architecture is beyond impeccable and will leave viewers in awe with its delicate ornamentation ad design.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Sheikh Rashid Road (2nd St.), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates+971 2 419 1919

Take a stroll on the Corniche

During warm sunny days (most days here!), a walk by the Corniche is a must-do. The Corniche is the road along the western border of the city running parallel to the sea coast. Whether tourists are interested in shopping at the local Marina Mall or getting a morning bike ride or stroll done on one of the many routes, there is a picturesque location to accompany any activity!

Corniche Rd., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 

Visit the Emirates Palace

Although the Palace is a world class hotel, it does not deter tourists from passing by to admire its architectural beauty. The five star hotel is a truly a wonderful aesthetic spot adding to the grandeur of the luxurious city as a whole. Whether it’s their private beach, their abundance of pools, or their grand entrance lined with palm trees, all tourists alike are drawn in.

Emirates Palace, 39999, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 690 9000

 

Enjoy a day at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Yas Island is the perfect day getaway, especially to escape the extreme heat of the city for something a little more relaxing and fun. The abundance of activities all captured in this one theme park is incredible. If tourists are seeking an adrenaline rush, there are multiple extreme water rides to choose from. And if not, then you can shop and dine in close proximity. Bring the entire family and everyone will find something to enjoy!

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi 00000, United Arab Emirates

Take a ride in Ferrari World

Fan of luxury cars” Fast cars” Sports cars” Ferraris” Well, what better way to celebrate the world famous car than to visit a theme park built in its honor” As the world’s largest indoor theme park, it is safe to say that there is plenty to do here. There are attractions, thrills and journeys, and to top it all off families can enjoy a fine Italian meal at the on-site restaurant.

Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 496 8000

 

Take a 4×4 tour on the sand dunes surrounding the city

Jump into a 4X4 to brace the dunes outside the city. Early morning sand safaris allow tourists to beat the heat and have a little fun outdoors in the desert that has made the region so famous. Depending on the tour scheduled, tourists can enjoy additional camel rides, sand-boarding, or a traditional Bedouin camp visit to boot. 

 

Plan a visit to Qasr al-Hosn Fort

The oldest stone building in the city, the Qasr al-Hosn Fort is a remarkable historical site. Also known as White Fort, this building was constructed as a watchtower and used to protect what was once the only freshwater well in the region. Abu Dhabi has come a long way since then, but these sites are still preserved and draw people from all over the world. If you’re lucky, you may visit during the annual festival hosted on site.

Qasr al-Hosn Fort, Sheikh Zayed the First Street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 666 4442

 

Go shopping and touring in Heritage Village

This spot is not your average shopping outlet. To give tourists a glimpse into the past, the traditional oasis recreates the environment of desert life from yesteryear. From campfires with coffee pots to goat hair tents, there is so much to discover. To take a piece of the location back home with you, purchases can be made at local craft shops or at the little spice store.

Heritage Village, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 681 4455

 

Look at the city skyline from the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel

Look out off the observation deck from the Jumeirah at the breathtaking city skyline. The Jumeirah is located within the Etihad Towers in the heart of Abu Dhabi. On the 74th floor of the building, tourists can enjoy a wonderful view of the city and if booked in advance the panorama can be accompanied by midday tea and snacks.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Al Ras Alakhdar, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 811 5555

Learn more about Falcons at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Something not found in most tourist destinations is a Falcon Hospital. One of the largest in the world, this veterinary hospital has become a sanctuary for the elegant birds of prey since 1999, hosting over 75,000 patients within the first four years of its opening. This veterinary facility has become well-reputed and opens its doors to guests, birds and humans alike, to teach them more about the species and help those in need.

Falcon Hospital, Sweihan Rd, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 2 575 5155

By Kalpana Satish