Things to do in

Abu Dhabi

From desert dunes to opulent mosques and deluxe urban scenery, this city offers up delightful Arabian treats.

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The best things to see and do in Abu Dhabi

As the world's richest city, Abu Dhabi breaks all the records. Visitors from around the world flock there to bask in its luxury and take advantage of the myriad opportunities for leisure. Here are 10 exclusive treasures awaiting you there.

  • Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque

    With minarets over 100 meters tall, 82 domes of white marble and one of the world's largest hand-knotted carpets, the world-famous Sheikh Zayed Mosque is awe-inspiring to say the least.

  • Yas Island

    2. Yas Island

    Whether you want to stay in a luxurious hotel, watch the Formula One Grand Prix, or chase thrills at a water park, Yas Island is the entertainment and leisure world that has it all.

  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

    3. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

    Ferrari World is the world's largest indoor theme park. Among its many exhilarating rides it boasts the Formula Rossa, which at 150mph is the world's fastest roller coaster.

  • Marina Mall

    4. Marina Mall

    You could easily spend days at the Marina Mall. Aside from some of the best shopping in the world, it also houses an observatory, an ice rink, a bowling alley, and the famous musical fountains.

  • The Corniche

    5. The Corniche

    After visiting Marina Mall, head to the Corniche outside. Recharge your batteries with a relaxing stroll or bike ride along this stunningly beautiful promenade.

  • Saadiyat Island

    6. Saadiyat Island

    Still under construction, Saadiyat Island is set to become paradise on earth: a miniature city offering the greatest possible mix of leisure, business and culture.

  • Abu Dhabi Mall

    7. Abu Dhabi Mall

    If you're in need of some retail therapy, head over to the amazing Abu Dhabi Mall. With more than 200 stores, your shopping needs will most definitely be satisfied!

  • Yas Island Marina Circuit

    8. Yas Island Marina Circuit

    Accompanying the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this stunning circuit offers racing enthusiasts amazing opportunities to look behind the scenes or race around the track.

  • Emirates Palace

    9. Emirates Palace

    When it was built, this opulent, 7-star hotel was the most expensive hotel in the world, costing $3 billion! Its private beach is nearly a mile long and its grounds span 85 hectares.

  • Capital Gate

    10. Capital Gate

    Inclined at a whole 18 degrees, Abu Dhabi's Capital Gate has stolen the Leaning Tower of Pisa's claim to the world's most lopsided building!

Frequently asked questions about Abu Dhabi

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Planning Your Visit

  • What to Wear

    Keep in mind that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country and while visitors are not expected to follow religious dress codes, they should nonetheless dress with respect for local customs. Skirts and trousers should be knee-length or longer, and women should avoid tight-fitting clothes. Cleavage, midriff and upper arms should be covered. Shorts are only allowed on the beach and while bikinis are permitted, topless sunbathing is prohibited.

  • Ramadan

    During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, eating and drinking in public is strictly forbidden. However, most hotels and clubs will serve food and beverages to foreigners. Over Ramadan, visitors should consider dressing extra conservatively outdoors.

  • Mind the Air-Con

    Even though the weather in Abu Dhabi is generally very hot, it's a good idea to carry a jacket or sweater around with you, as indoor areas can get quite chilly due to air-conditioning.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic, English
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code

    • 971

  • Best time to visit
    Take a leisurely trip during the cooler months between November and February

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 20,414 reviews

Totally recommend! We had a great guide named Riz, he was the best driver and history teller! A lot of information about the masque, but he was telling it the way you want to listen, not boring at all!!!

We loved this trip our guide was so knowledgable he gave us information about every single place. Our ride to abu dhabi was relax and comfortable. Roz our tour guide was excellent.

had an Excellent Time My Tour Guide was Wonderful and Very Knowledgeable About DUBAI & ABU DABI U.A.E Definitely would Recommend this Tour

We had a really nice experience, specially with the kindness of the person that was giving us the tour.

Our guide RIZ and the driver were excellent. Lots of information professional and made it lots of fun.