As the capital of the UAE and home to most of the Emirate’s resident population, Abu Dhabi offers plenty of activities and attractions that should be on every traveler’s to-do list. While the city may not be as popular with foreign tourists as Dubai or Sharjah, Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer curious visitors including dozens of museums, miles of golden beaches, stunning architecture, and luxurious hotels that are just begging to be explored. Whether you’re visiting with family or friends, here are some of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi.
1 – Heritage Village
is a journey into history. This village offers something for everyone, whether you want to see traditional Emirati houses, get up close and personal with camels or find out about Abu Dhabi’s ancient past. Each of these activities has its own dedicated space, making Heritage Village an ideal day trip for children of all ages.
2 – Abu Dhabi Corniche visit
The Corniche is one of Abu Dhabi’s most striking features. From morning to evening, every inch of it is a hubbub of activity, with joggers and cyclists competing for space with roller-bladers and skateboarders. If you haven’t got much time, your best bet is to jump on an Abu Dhabi tour from Dubai. Many include a visit to the Corniche as part of their itinerary – meaning you can spend just three hours or so soaking up some sun before returning for dinner or an evening out. It’s also possible, however, to visit independently by taking public transport from any of Abu Dhabi’s major malls.
3 – Yas Island
With its unmatched collection of unique rides and attractions, Yas Island offers you a full day of entertainment and fun. Here you will find rides, games, restaurants, and shows that appeal to the whole family. Yas Island is home to some of the best entertainment and thrill rides in the world. Step inside Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to take in a visual delight as you enjoy state-of-the-art 3D visuals, hear real-life narratives that truly make each film come to life in one of two IMAX theatres, or get an adrenaline spike with a ride on one of six roller coaster rides that bring out the kid at heart.
4 – Al Wahdah Souq Market
It’s one of Abu Dhabi’s oldest and most picturesque souqs and is also a great place for souvenir shopping. Head to Al Wahdah Souq Market in central Abu Dhabi and wander through its narrow lanes while taking in the traditional Arabian architecture and an eclectic mix of authentic handicraft shops.
5 – Yas Waterworld
With 10 pools and a pair of man-made waterfalls, there’s more than enough room for you and your family to splash around. A simulated storm on one of its many slides adds a bit of fun peril, while there are more sedate areas for those looking to relax. There’s plenty for kids (or adults) too with several child-friendly pools, beach volleyball courts, and waterslides that won’t completely terrify people afraid of heights. Definitely check out Abu Dhabi’s largest Water Park if you are visiting UAE and have some extra time for an adventure
6 – Yas Marina Circuit (F1 Race Track)
There’s no better way to experience Abu Dhabi like a local than attending an F1 race at Yas Marina Circuit. As every driver would agree, it’s one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable races on the calendar, with several drivers describing it as their favorite track. The circuit has a seating capacity of 45,000 spectators and boasts VIP hospitality options for those who want something more luxurious. It’s widely considered one of the best—race track circuits on earth. There are also several other places worth visiting while you’re in Abu Dhabi, including
7 – Abdu Dhabi City Tour
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to unwind or somewhere that has the perfect combination of beauty, history, and luxury, there is something here for you. Abu Dhabi has world-class hotels, restaurants and nightlife, stunning architecture, and stunning coastline all within easy reach. With palaces, museums, and mosques to visit, as well as plenty of shopping opportunities around every corner, you’ll be able to enjoy Abu Dhabi’s fascinating culture.
A private tour of Abu Dhabi will allow you to discover the city at your own pace and convenience. The Luxury Tour bus rental Abu Dhabi can take you around is comfortable and clean, as is the driver looking forward to introducing you to his hometown. On this tour, you will visit some of the landmarks of Abu Dhabi and enjoy its breathtaking views, such as Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Emirates Palace. There are several excellent restaurants downtown you will be able to taste local cuisine in one of them!
8 – Saadiyat Island (where Louvre and Guggenheim Museums are located )
Saadiyat Island is located near Abu Dhabi and is famous for being one of its most prestigious destinations. Featuring well-known art museums like Louvre and Guggenheim Museums, Saadiyat Island attracts tourists from across the globe. The stunning vistas of greenery that accompany these landmarks make them even more worth the Abu Dhabi visit. Further, cultural centers, as well as shopping malls, are also added attractions, you can explore some of the breathtaking tourist destinations at Saadiyat Island.
9 – Liwa Desert & Cultural Village
Located a more than a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi city and 4-hours from Dubai is Liwa Desert & Cultural Village, a desert oasis with activities guaranteed to get you up close and personal with nature. Experience Abu Dhabi’s culture at its finest as you immerse yourself in local festivals and customs while experiencing much of what Abu Dhabi has to offer. At Liwa Desert & Cultural Village enjoy an informative tour, delicious food, traditional music, and dancing before driving out into nature for an off-road safari by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Don’t forget your camera! The journey leads through sand dunes dotted with camel tracks as well as acres of date trees which are picked by local Bedouin tribes who live in villages surrounding the area.