It would be fair to say that Abu Dhabi has it all. If you’re planning to visit soon, you can look forward to any combination of unparalleled luxury, refined culture, wild fun, adventurous experiences, natural beauty and incredible architecture.
Here are ten of the most popular places to visit in Abu Dhabi, representing just a taste of what this city has to offer.
This is one of the world’s largest mosques and also one of the most unique and beautiful.
Commissioned by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, it was designed to combine influences and styles from Muslim civilisations all over the world. The finished result is an exquisite building, often described as an architectural marvel that truly celebrates the UAE’s cultural diversity.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a haven for art and culture lovers and one of Abu Dhabi’s most notable buildings. It is known as the Arab world’s first universal museum and is revered as much for its beautiful architecture as its incredible collections of fine art and artefacts from both the local region and all around the world.
One weekend a year, Yas Marina Circuit becomes the focal point of the city. It’s home to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a highlight of the Formula One calendar. That said, Yas Marina Circuit is a popular destination all year round.
It hosts a wealth of motor-themed events and experiences almost 365 days of the year. The marina itself is also a favourite place to relax and features many luxury dining, entertainment and hotel options.
Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi is the ultimate escape for young and old. Here you have the opportunity to mingle with your best-loved cartoon characters, like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Scooby Doo.
Six different lands fully immerse you in a whimsical land of fiction and endless fun. There are heaps of rides, shows, meet and greets, shopping and dining experiences ready to be enjoyed by all the family.
Spending time at the beach is a popular pastime in Abu Dhabi and a must-do for any visitor to the city. With white sandy beaches and crystal clear, calm waters to enjoy, who could think of a better way of switching off from the fast pace of modern life?
There are several popular beaches in Abu Dhabi but Yas Beach on Yas Island is one of the best. It’s a blissful place to escape thanks to its natural mangroves. Bars and restaurants line the coastline so you can enjoy the beach late into the night.
The ambitious, purpose-built entertainment hub Yas Island Abu Dhabi is home to many of the UAE’s most popular attractions.
As well as the marina, race track and beach all featured above, Yas Island Abu Dhabi also offers one of the best shopping experiences in the region. Yas Mall’s three floors of leading international and regional brands promise a shopping experience like no other. Don’t miss the entertainment options, either.
Right by Yas Mall is CLYMB Abu Dhabi. This is yet another record-breaking attraction and is billed as the ultimate indoor adventure destination. There are two main attractions here: the indoor climbing wall and the indoor skydiving area.
With all the incredible man-made attractions and architecture Abu Dhabi has to offer, you might be surprised to learn that an incredible national park and nature reserve is just minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi. Mangrove National Park is a natural mangrove forest. It is home to over 60 species of birds and an array of other wildlife.
For a completely different way to experience water, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi has you covered. This is a world-beating water park in UAE where the emphasis is on thrills and spills and getting completely soaked.
The Corniche is one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic locations and is adored as a place to relax amongst the locals. Stroll along the eight kilometres of seaside boardwalk or relax on the beach and soak up mesmerizing views of the Abu Dhabi skyline.
At weekends and holidays, The Corniche is popular with families who come here to enjoy a safe, clean beach and the pretty, manicured gardens beside it.
Narrowing Abu Dhabi’s attractions down to the ten of the best is no mean feat; there is so much for everyone here.
As well as downtown Abu Dhabi, Yas Island is the place to be for any visitor. Many of the attractions listed above are situated here. With more entertainment options, plenty of choices for fine dining and family-friendly feasts, plus several luxury hotels to choose from, Yas Island is the ideal base for exploring Abu Dhabi.
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