Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Grand Mosque
The third largest mosque in the world, Sheikh Zayed Mosque is an architectural masterpiece that can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers and it is the only mosque in the capital that is open to non Muslim visitors. It also showcases a Persian carpet reported to be the largest in the world.
The island is located off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and is host to Ferrari World. Newly opened Yas Mall is Abu Dhabi's must-visit vibrant getaway shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Each year, the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix is held on the Yas Island Circuit which is located in the Yas Marina. The world-class Flash Arena also situated on the island and is the venue top international entertainment acts, including Prince, Stevie Wonder and Snoop Dogg.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. It is an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for families, fans and enthusiasts. This Abu Dhabi Amusement Park offers more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, including the world’s fastest roller coaster and advanced racing simulators.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is the largest waterpark in the capital and its theme is based on a legend that represents local Emirati culture and heritage. Spread over 15 hectares, the waterpark features a thrilling range of 43 rides, slides and attractions. Four rides are first-of-their-kind, a premier for waterparks worldwide.
Saadiyat Cultural District is home to Manarat Al Saadiyat which literally means ‘the place of enlightenment’. It is a 15,400 sqm visitor centre, designed to bring the vision of the island to life through the Saadiyat Story. The Island is set to become an internationally renowned arts hub, featuring the Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Performing Arts Centre. The Island also hosts Saadiyat Public beach and an 18 hole Golf Course.
Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Located 5 minutes away from Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, The Souk aims to be the meeting place of choice for both leisure and business. The Souk is a popular feature for retail and Food and Beverage brands from the region and those from around the world. Here you will also find other amenities such as a Beauty Salon and Foreign Exchange kiosks.
For the ultimate Abu Dhabi sightseeing experience a visit to the desert is a must to see a glimpse of Bedouin life. Desert safari in Abu Dhabi offers a number of unique moments from a thrilling roller-coaster experience in 4x4 driving across sand dunes, to a camel ride in the desert. End the desert excursion, by indulging in an authentic Arabic barbeque dinner while enjoying the playful tunes of oriental music and the artistic performance of a traditional belly dancer.
A living museum located across the west side of the Corniche road, Heritage Village showcases the history of Bedouin lifestyle of Abu Dhabi prior to the discovery of oil. Old fishing villages, mud brick houses and traditional mosques are only a few Abu Dhabi sightseeing exhibits that take visitors on a journey back to the past.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The first public veterinary hospital and one of the largest in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital provides health care services exclusively for this national bird. An unforgettable tour of the hospital’s facilities provides an insight to the fascinating world of these creatures and an understanding of the Bedouin affinity with falcons.
Al Hosn Palace
Commonly known as the ‘White Fort’, Al Hosn Palace is Abu Dhabi’s oldest building. Built in 1793 as the ruling family’s residence, it now houses the Cultural Foundation where treasured artifacts and historical photographs can be found.
Jebel Hafeet Mountain
The mountain is located on the outskirts of Al Ain and forms part of the border of Oman. This 4,068 ft (1,240 meter) mountain features rugged terrain and natural cave systems. It is a must visit attraction with staggering views of the city and provides an ideal vantage point for photographs.
Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium
One of the largest zoos in the Gulf region, Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium has a large collection of wildlife from all over the world, including a variety of African antelope. It is renowned for its research facilities, in particular their programs for endangered native animals.
Al Ain Camel Market
The last of its kind in the United Arab Emirates, Al Ain Camel Market is an intriguing place to visit. Situated east of the Jebel Hafeet Mountain, this market offers a great opportunity to encounter these ‘ships of the desert’ up close and witness the bargaining process between traders as they discuss the value of their herds.
A retreat from the modern day city life, Dhow Harbour plays tribute to one of the oldest local livelihoods - fishing. Discover traditional Emirati wooden boats (known as dhows) by the shores of Abu Dhabi, before they sail out to open sea to fish and return back for trading.
*Picture courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.