The last decade has been tremendously prolific for Abu Dhabi. The capital of UAE strived quite hard to compete with its neighbouring emirate – Dubai and today have made it capable to be identified as the next big destination to visit in UAE after Dubai. For visitors, Abu Dhabi presents a perfect fusion of cultural and modern attractions and is counted as one of the must visit place in the Middle East for wanderlusts and holidaymakers. Take a look at our top selected places to visit in Abu Dhabi on a Middle Eastern holiday.
1. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi welcomes all its visitors to experience the Ferrari brand’s first ever theme park in the world. Located at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, this extravagant indoor theme park is home to the fastest roller coaster ride in the world- Formula Rossa. Packed with over 35 high-speed rides and Ferrari-inspired thrills, the theme park has become one of the most famous UAE attraction to visit. Apart from adrenaline rushing rides, there is a plethora of shopping and world-class cuisine to explore here. For those who love speed and adventure, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers a unique and memorable experience. Nevertheless, there is something for every age group available here that makes it an apt attraction for family holidaymakers as well.
2. Saadiyat Beach
Blessed with pristine white sandy beaches, Abu Dhabi is one destination in UAE that offers beautiful azure water views and gorgeous sunsets. Saadiyat Beach is one of the most popular beaches to visit in Abu Dhabi. Locals and tourists flock to this beach to experience the ocean breeze and moments of serenity away from the modern world. Soak up the sun, splash around in the water and if you are an adventure enthusiast, gear up for some exciting water sport adventures. The beach is impeccably maintained by a dedicated staff and offers a relaxing and convenient facilities such as beach bistros, sun loungers, an array of food and beverage outlets, beach fitness classes, eco-friendly water sports to name a few.
3. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
One of the most breathtaking sights that will leave you speechless is the grandeur of Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Majestically dominating the scenery with its massive 82 white marble domes and 1,096 exterior columns, Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque of UAE and one of the most eloquent and stunning Abu Dhabi attraction. The mosque is so spacious that it can accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. Inside this magnificent structure, the architectural wonders and the elements of interior designing will leave you awe-struck. You will find yourself surrounded by Swarovski studded giant chandeliers, jewel-encrusted motifs, and columns, the largest hand weaved carpet and various architectural details inspired by modern influences and Indo-Islamic designs. In all, the attraction is fused with serene ambiance and wondrous sights of stellar architectural wonders. It is an attraction that absolutely should not be missed in Abu Dhabi.
4. The Corniche
This serene 8 kilometer stretch of waterfront precinct located at the edge of the northwestern shore of Abu Dhabi offers a pleasant and chic way to enjoy tranquil evening amid a flurry of recreational activities. Flanked with fountains, powdery white beaches, park areas, and cycling paths, the Corniche is a spacious promenade offering gorgeous views of Abu Dhabi’s soaring skyscrapers and city skyline. An evening cycling down the precinct is a great way to spend a serene time viewing the city’s calmness and stunning city views. There is a dedicated children’s play area for family visitors and hoards of cafes and restaurants to enjoy a scrumptious meal. You can even wade into the lapping waters for a cool dip and enjoy lazing around amid the sights and flavours of Abu Dhabi.
5. Abu Dhabi Desert Safari
There is no way one could ignore the Arabian deserts on a Middle Eastern trip. A Desert Safari tour in Abu Dhabi lets you enjoy an assortment of exciting activities. You can enjoy a thrilling dune bashing and quad biking experience, watch a serene desert sunset and enjoy a night filled with Arabian folklore, belly dancing, and authentic traditional dinner. There are a variety of options available and you can pick and choose a desert safari that suits your interest. Not a fan of desert sports? You can opt for a simple camel ride in the desert and evening dining experiences. Want more from your desert experience? Why not spend the night in the Bedouin-styled desert campsites and enjoy an amazing night under the starry Arabian sky.
6. Louvre Abu Dhabi
The prestigious charm of Paris finds its way to the Middle East. Get a dose of France’s art scene at The Louvre Abu Dhabi. The museum marks its first ever presence outside France and has chosen Abu Dhabi to be its humble hosts. The Louver Abu Dhabi’s exquisite architecture is in itself a masterpiece. Located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, Louvre Abu Dhabi is the largest museum in the Middle East showcasing a comprehensive collection of Arabian histories, culture, and art among other distinguished artwork displays of world-renowned artists and sculptures. The architecture of the museum itself is a marvelous work of art that you would truly appreciate. The enormous dome which feels as if it is floating and numerous intricate geometric and metallic designs offer a classy flair to this cultural museum. This is an attraction which has garnered lots of attention from tourists and has become one of the most eagerly visited attractions of UAE.
7. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi And Yas Waterworld
Another couple of world class theme parks to check out in Abu Dhabi are the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Yas Water World. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi brings to you the magic of cinema spread across six exciting parks. This is the first of Warner Bros. indoor themed amusement attraction and offers its visitors a chance to encounter some of the iconic characters from Warner Bros. franchise such as Batman, Flintstones, Scooby-Doo to name a few. Spend a day filled with fun and thrill with 29 rides and shows and enjoy some delectable cuisine and shopping experience of the western world. If that isn’t enough excitement for you, hop over to Yas Waterworld located just a few minutes away from Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and have a thrilling time splashing around and soaking yourself in cool waters. Spend a day refreshed and excited at this waterpark which offers around 40 water rides and slides.
While Dubai remains an unprecedented choice as the most popular destination to visit in UAE, it is rapidly becoming overwhelmed with tourists and its iconic landmarks and attractions are usually crowded with hordes of tourists. Abu Dhabi comes to the rescue with a variety of exclusive attractions minus the hustle and bustle of tourists. Presently, there won’t be a moment where you would wonder what to do in Abu Dhabi as it is now home to some of the most thrilling attractions in the world. If you are keen to experience the chic life of Dubai, then club it with a couple of days in Dubai and the remaining in Abu Dhabi so that you don’t feel that you are missing out on your Arabian experiences.