If you are after the best things to do in Abu Dhabi, then this is it.
Architecture plays a huge part of Abu Dhabi’s identity, so it comes as no surprise that you can find some of the most interesting structures built in modern times and the innovative designs make you fascinated with the question of how they managed to get all the buildings standing so tall, along with strength built into them at the same time to last many decades.
Why visit Abu Dhabi?
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of United Arab Emirates. It is one of the most wealthiest cities in the world and accounts for about two thirds of the country’s economy. It is one of the largest exporters of oil in the world and is home to the President of the country, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was built at the end of 2007 at the cost of $545 million US dollars and took a substantial 12 years to complete. It is one of the world’s largest mosques at over 22,400 square meters and is able to accommodate up to 41,000 people at a time.
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It was named after the first President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as he envisaged and drove the project. His body lies in the courtyard of the Mosque grounds to honour and commemorate his wish.
It has 82 domes and houses the world’s largest chandelier and hand-woven carpet.
The materials used to build the mosque are sourced from around the globe to create the unique appearance and feel.
Abayas, which are long dresses with scarves to cover the hair, are included as part of the visit for women and long pants are provided for men.
It is open to the public and people of other faiths.
For those more adventurous, a desert safari is not to be missed.
One of the best things about this activity is that pick up and drop-off is usually included, so you don’t need to go out of your way to figure out the logistics. It normally consists of a variety of inclusions such as dune bashing, camel rides, Arabic and barbeque food (vegetable option available if booked), water & soft drinks, belly dancing, shisha and even a bar.
Some packages take some of these activities out for those who prefer less and some packages include henna paintings, sand skiing, arabic coffee & dates, quad biking and more.
I urge you to try this if you are looking for a unique experience like nowhere else in the world. It was definitely at the top of our list of memorable things we did while we were in Abu Dhabi.
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Warner Bros World
Warner Bros World is based in Yas Island. Little kids and big kids alike can enjoy a day of thrills with a dose of nostalgia from the animated characters bringing back memories from childhood.
Some aspects that may affect your experience are listed below, so consider these if you are planning for the whole family:
- Many rides have a 110cm minimum height requirement to ride
- The park gets very crowded in peak periods. As a result, rides and meals can take up to an hour with waiting time.
- Some games and rides may have to close for technical or safety reasons
Food and drinks are not allowed into the park, but there are some options that you can find that you might like such as burgers, pies or table service if you would like to have a more relaxed experience. There are also cuisine options such as Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Italian, International or baked foods.
They offer mothers lounge with private rooms for nursing and strollers that can be rented. Lockers are also available to hire if you have items or luggage that you want to store while at the park.
Al Athari Street, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Rides & attractions: 11am onwards
(+971) 600 511115
General Admission: $295 AED per person (approx $80 USD). This includes free parking onsite.
Annual Pass: $990 AED per person with access to 25% discount to over 30 dining and 40 retail options and 25% off admission prices to the three theme parks on Yas Island for up to 4 family members or friends that you are visiting the parks with.
There are additional ways to pay:
pointspay – convert your points from loyalty programs to currency
Smiles – if you have accumulated points through purchases from Etisalat, a telecommunications company
Etihad Guest – use your etihad guest miles towards purchases
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Corniche Park can be found along Corniche Road which extends up to 8 km. You can find a park with beautifully structured landscaping and manicured lawns, restaurants, cafes and playground for children.
Around 2003, land was reclaimed and this area was used as a beach by frequenters and visitors. This makes it a good spot for those who want a few places to spend time in the one area.
Marina Shopping Mall
Ofcourse in a metropolis where architecture and high-end consumption is well-known, you can’t miss checking out Marina Shopping Mall. Especially if you are staying in one of the 4 or 5 star hotels it is only 10-15 mins drive away or just a 3 mins stroll from Corniche Park.
There specialty shops and outlet stores, cafes for when you get hungry, or a bowling alley and cinemas if you prefer some activities.
Have you visited Abu Dhabi previously? What places or activities do you think should be added to this list? What are your favourite ideas on this page that you are keen to try? Tell us by commenting below!
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