This guide with the best places to see in Abu Dhabi will help you organize your visit and not miss anything in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Because not only the best beaches in Dubai attract millions of tourists but also theme parks, oasis, shopping malls, mosques and others.
Located an hour and a half by car or bus from the touristic Dubai, this city is the richest in the world after one of the largest oil reserves in the world was found about 50 years ago. But despite this wealth, it has not been until recent years when the sheikhs and the government have invested huge amounts of money in building tourist attractions such as the impressive Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Louvre or different theme parks, to turn this city into another of the star destinations in the Middle East.
Although we can not say that it is our favorite city in the world, we do believe that it is a city worth spending between one and two days, within a route through the country as it has some places that do not leave any traveler indifferent.
The best time to travel to Abu Dhabi is from November to April, when temperatures are below 30 degrees and it is much more bearable to walk through the streets or along the Corniche promenade, one of the places you can not miss in the city.
Based on the experience of the time we spent in the city during our trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Rub’ al Khali in 9 days, we have made this selection of what we believe are the 10 must-see places in Abu Dhabi. Let’s start!
1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The Sheik Zayed Mosque, the biggest in the nation and thought about one of the miracles of the cutting edge world, is perhaps the most wonderful spot to see in Abu Dhabi.
Worked somewhere in the range of 1996 and 2007, this mosque is made of white marble and has four minarets that surpass 100 meters high and if the outside leaves you confused, the inside with limit with regards to 40,000 individuals, isn’t a long ways behind on account of the tremendous yard designed with mosaics, the biggest handcrafted cover on the planet and gold-plated lights and Swarovski precious stones.
The entrance to the mosque is free for everyone and you only need to comply with a series of rules such as wearing long pants for men and a scarf covering the hair, women, as well as loose clothing that covers the legs and arms. In case you do not have this type of clothing, before entering the mosque they will lend it to you free of charge.
Regarding the time of visit, we recommend you to see it during the day and at night, when the lighting and the pools that surround it, create a magical atmosphere.
It is also essential to observe the mosque from the Oasis of Dignity viewpoint, located in front of the mosque, about a 15 minutes walk especially when the sun goes down and creates an impressive dance of lights.
A good option to learn about the history of this mosque and the city is to book this guided tour in Spanish or this private tour, especially for groups and in which you choose the itinerary.
Visiting hours: Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
2. The Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Louvre, opened in 2017 and located in the cultural district of Saadiyat Island, is the most important museum to visit in Abu Dhabi.
The work of French architect Jean Nouvel, this architectural marvel impresses with its seemingly floating steel dome, which allows sunlight to filter through, creating a sea of stars.
And although the design of the building alone is worth a visit, inside you will find works by great masters on loan from various French museums such as the Musée D’Orsay and the Louvre in Paris.
Although the collection itself is not yet important, the museum is acquiring works that will soon become one of the cultural references of the Middle East.
A good option to visit this museum, away from the city center, is to book this ticket in advance in which you can include hotel pick-up. If you have more time you can approach the Saadiyat Beach of fine sand and turquoise waters, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Visiting hours: Thursday and Friday 10h to 22h, Monday closed and the rest of the days closed at 20h.
3. Corniche, one of the places to see in Abu Dhabi
One of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi is to take a stroll at sunset along Corniche avenue and end the day with a relaxing swim in its public beach.
This endless promenade of 8 kilometers has a delimited path for walking or practicing sports in which there are also shaded areas to rest, parks and stalls to have a drink or eat.
In the middle of the promenade is Corniche Beach, a public beach where you can swim with views of what was the highest flag in the world with 122 meters high and the dome of the Abu Dhabi theater.
4. Emirates Palace Hotel
The Emirates Palace, located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, is one of the most luxurious hotels and one of the few 7-star hotels in the world.
With the title of the most expensive hotel in the world, it has cost more than 3 billion dollars, this huge complex has from a private beach of 1.3 kilometers to a heliport but the luxury is also found in its more than 90 suites, some adorned with gold and others reserved for official visits to the country.
Prices range from 300 euros to 12,000 euros, although you have the possibility to visit the spectacular interior hall for free or have a drink in one of its bars. Among its eccentricities are gold vending machines and even its cappuccinos are sprinkled with gold leaf. Book a room or a penthouse in this hotel you can at https://karta.com.
Another option is to book a dinner at the fantastic buffet restaurant Le Vendome or at the Asian restaurant Hakkasan.
5. Abu Dhabi Theme Parks
One more of the best activities in Abu Dhabi, assuming you have over one day, is to visit one of its phenomenal amusement parks.
Among the most suggested and situated on Yas Island, are:
- Ferrari World: is the biggest indoor amusement park on the planet and is committed to the Italian brand Ferrari. Among its numerous attractions is the Formula Rossa, the quickest thrill ride on the planet. You can book your ticket here.
- Warner Bros World: this park opened in 2018 and highlights 29 cutting edge rides enlivened by the world and energized characters of Warner Bros. You can book affirmation ahead of time which incorporates lodging get here.
- Yas Waterworld: this water event congregation is ideal for a pleasant outing, particularly in the hotter months. Book your ticket from this page.
6. Qasr Al Watan
The Qasr Al Watan, an impressive palace that opened to the public in early 2019, is another of the most beautiful places to see in Abu Dhabi.
Previously used only for official functions, this palace stands out for the white color of its exterior, the manicured gardens and the dome of the Great Hall, which measures 100 meters long and 100 meters wide.
The interior of the building, meticulously decorated in the traditional Arabian style, houses the legendary Birmingham Koran, the first modern map of Arabia, pre-Hispanic codices and thousands of pieces of silver and crystal as well as an impressive library with over 50,000 books and see the room where the royal banquets are held.
Visiting hours: daily from 10 am to 8 pm. Last entrance one hour before closing time.
7. Shopping Malls
Another of the best things to do in Abu Dhabi is to go shopping in its huge malls like the Marina Mall and Yas Mall. Although they are not as spectacular as those in Dubai, it is worth at least entering one and in this case, we would choose the Yas Mall, much more modern than the Marina and with better stores and a wider range of restaurants.
Inside the Yas Mall you have more than 400 stores of all international brands, restaurants of all kinds such as the popular Shake Shack and access to Ferrari World.
As a curiosity you will see numerous local men impeccably dressed in white strolling in groups or drinking coffee, something that adds some local charm to this incredible mall.
Remember that as with Dubai, the tourist attractions are separated by long distances, so if you do not want to move by cab, you can choose to book the tourist bus that has recorded commentary in English of all points of interest to visit in Abu Dhabi.