things to do in Abu Dhabi

Things to Do in Abu Dhabi

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The capital of the UAE, is certainly a place full of surprises. Apart from being a luxury holiday destination, Abu Dhabi also has a vast number of activities that are affordable by all. Explore the city of Arabian Jewel at its best by visiting the places listed below on your Abu Dhabi holiday.

1) Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueSheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

A trip to Abu Dhabi is incomplete without visiting the Grand Mosque, the third biggest Mosque in the world. The lavish monument is adorned with jewels and is made of white marble floors, gold, stone, crystals and semi-precious stones. Its huge chandeliers are the main attraction along with the carpet that is the largest in the world. The mosque is a resting place for the founder of UAE and is open to visitors for free daily.

Days Open: All days

Timings: 9AM-10PM (Friday morning closed)

Entry Fee: None

2) Abu Dhabi Dhow CruiseAbu Dhabi Dhow Cruise

Enjoy a lovely evening admiring the city lights of Abu Dhabi while cruising your way through the Marina Creek. The traditional Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise is a two-hour cruise that takes off towards the Al Lulu Island and offers beautiful views of the Marina Ferris Wheel, Emirates Palace and the Corniche. Enjoy the view with the added bonus of entertainment and a lovely international dinner catered by the Hilton Abu Dhabi. This evening is surely going to leave an ideal impression of this wonderful city!

Days Open: Daily

Timings: 8PM-10Pm

Fee: AED 190

3) Lulu IslandLulu Island

Just off the coast from Abu Dhabi and a short boat ride away, Lulu island is perfect if you want some time away from the city and just relax under the sun. The beach in Lulu is a picturesque beauty of wide lands and crystal clear waters. You can take a dip in water and dry off on a beach chair under the umbrella. Compared to the other islands around Abu Dhabi, Lulu Island is bare and free from full-fledged development which makes the island all the more appealing and a little less touristy!

Days Open: All

4) Abu Dhabhi Heritage VillageAbu Dhabi Heritage Village

Visit the glorious past of Arabian Peninsula, by visiting the Heritage Village located near the Corniche. The traditional village setup of the old years gives you an insight into what the UAE was before the discovery of oil. Get a glimpse of the falaj irrigation system used for crop-cultivation and the traditional mosque which is a humble setup in front of the Grand Mosque. Do see the various workshops on pottery, spinning and weaving and visit the gift shop to take back souvenirs for your loved ones!

Days Open: All Days

Timings: 9AM-4PM (Friday morning closed)

Entry Fee: AED 50

5) Central Market

Abu Dhabi Central Market

Abu Dhabi’s Central Market is a somewhat luxury replacement of the traditional souk market, which was once destroyed in a fire. This closed, air-conditioned market is a combination of luxury and boutique shopping in a traditional souk setup. Check out the traditional handcrafted goods as well as the various cafes and restaurants offering Arabian cuisine, for an all-in one experience!

Days Open: All Days

Timings: 9AM-10PM (Friday morning closed)

Entry Fee: None

Suggested Reads: Cuisine in Abu Dhabi 

6) Masdar CityMasdar City

Located near the airport, Masdar City is the world’s first zero-carbon city and a planned project working towards a sustainable future development. The city draws most of its functioning from solar panels and renewable energy and can be explored in a couple of hours. Although most of the original project to build the city is stalled, Masdar City still remains the world’s first green city. Upon entering the city, enjoy riding a driver-less personal rapid transit and see the wonders of science and technology!

Days Open: All Days

Timings: 24/7

Entry Fee: None

7) Qasr Al Hosn FortQasr Al Hosn

Visit the oldest building in Abu Dhabi for an all-out cultural and heritage experience. An exhibition in Qasr Al Hosn depicts the life and story of Abu Dhabi and its people, right from the time of the first ruling family, the Al Nahyan. This symbolic building is of value to showcase the Emirati tradition and customs that have been carried on. A visit to this building is sure to transport you back to the ancient era through oral testimonies and historic photographs.

Days Open: All Days

Timings; 4PM-11PM

Entry Fee: None

8) Ferrari WorldFerrari World

How can one visit Abu Dhabi and not go to Ferrari World? This luxury car exhibit is a place for all to let loose and enjoy the fast experience. Visit the museum to get an insight into Enzo Ferrari’s journey to the top, click pictures with the world’s most loved Ferrari models and fulfill your dream to ride a Ferrari along Yas Island. Do not forget to ride on two of the hottest roller coasters on this planet- Formula Rossa and Flying Aces- and enjoy a speedy experience!

Days Open: All Days

Timings: 11Am-8PM

Entry Fee: AED 275

9) Yas WaterworldYas Waterworld

One of the most popular attractions in Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld is by far UAE’s first mega waterpark. With over 45 rides and side attractions, you are sure to have a blast here. This Emirati themed waterpark is perfect for a fun-day out with friends or family. Don’t forget to ride Dawamma- their hydro-magnetic tornado waterslide, for a new and unique experience!

Days Open: All Days

Timings: 10AM-7PM

Entry Fee: AED 250


10) Louvre Abu Dhabi Louvre Abu Dhabi

Discover the origins of the World’s greatest museum in Abu Dhabi. Travel back in time to the seventeenth & eighteenth century France to discover the art, ideas, people and politics behind the creation of the great Musee du Louvre. Louvre Abu Dhabi includes 150 masterpieces from the Chateau de Versailles & Louvre’s paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture collected from all over the world.

Days Open: Tuesday-Sunday

Timings: 10AM-8PM Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday,

10AM-10PM Thursday & Friday.

Entry Fee: AED 60 (One Day Pass)

Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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