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Abu Dhabi Attractions

City Guide

Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of the seven emirates federation.This capital is characterised by its Corniche, overlooking the amazing turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Abu Dhabi is the city that welcomes the modern 21st century and staying true to its traditions and heritage.In Abu Dhabi city you'll find all the conveniences of 21st century capital living and with some surprising additions.

Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle await every guest in Abu Dhabi. These, combined with distinctive Arabian hospitality, mystique and world-class infrastructure make Abu Dhabi an enchanting destination for experienced and novice travellers. Some of the Abu Dhabi attractions include:

 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This architectural work of art is one the world's largest mosques, which can host upto 40,000 worshippers. The mosque features 80 domes, approximately 1000 columns, 24-carat gold-plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand-woven carpet. Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to non-Muslims.

 

Abu Dhabi Corniche

The Corniche Road has a wide variety of entertainment options where you have swimming areas, refreshment outlets, scenic gardens, walking pathways, beach volleyball pitches, children's play areas.

 

Heritage Village

The Heritage Village is another must-see destination for traditional Emirati handicrafts. Run by the Emirates Heritage Club, the Heritage Village features reconstructions of Bedouin tents, old fishing villages and traditional markets. A shop on the premises, located on the Abu Dhabi Corniche near the Breakwater, sells a wide variety of local handicrafts.

 

Abu Dhabi Islands

There are numerous islands in Abu Dhabi offering different activities for the visitors. The majority of the islands are flat, sandy and uninhabited, but each has its own character.Both Saadiyat Island and Yas Island are under development at the moment. Saadiyat Island is planned to become the cultural capital of Abu Dhabi while Yas Island is home to Yas Marina Circuit and an 18-hole, championship-ready, all-grass Links golf course.

 

Desert

Starting with an exciting ride up and down some of the desert's biggest dunes, you can try sand skiing before watching the sun set. After driving a short distance further to a permanent desert camp, you are treated to a sumptuous barbecue, followed by shisha, camel rides, falconry displays and henna painting

 

Falconry

Falconry is an important part of desert life which has been practiced in the UAE for centuries. Nowadays, falconry is purely practiced for sport.

 

Al Maqta Fort

This 200 year-old fort, which is an ADTA visitor information centre, is located next to Al Maqtaa Bridge towards Abu Dhabi Island. The fort was built to fend off bandits and provides an interesting contrast to the modern bridge next to it

 

Dhow Racing

Traditional boat racing involve traditional boats called dhows, which were used in the past for pearl diving or merchandise transportation. Dhow races are held during the winter season, and use 40-60 feet dhows and up to 100 oarsmen who use their physical strength and traditional practices passed down to them from their forefathers to raise the mast and slide down swiftly through waves.

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world's first and largest indoor theme park. It is an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for families, fans and enthusiasts. The Park offers more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, including a diverse array of rides for adults and children, a wide variety of Italian delicacies, and unique shopping experiences.

 
 
 
 

Arabian Horses

From the ancient times of the Middle East the Arabian horses evolved with its energy, intelligence that made them one of the most popular breeds of America and enable it to excel at a wide variety of activities popular today. Arabians are excellent on the trail as well as in the show ring

 

Date farm

A trip to a Date Farm should also be a part of a tourist itinerary to see how the fruits of the region are cultivated and processed for export. In Arab culture, it is known as the tree of life, being an integral part of the Middle Eastern diet and livelihood for centuries. The date farms not only provided desert dwellers’ families and animals with nutrition, it supplied the materials for their very homes.

 

Golf

Abu Dhabi is the city to host some of the biggest names in golf during the European PGA Tour. The championship has a lot to offer with children's entertainment, competitions, array of food and beverage outlets to make a perfect day out.

 

Handycraft

Traditional handicrafts and arts in the emirate of Abu Dhabi are largely dominated by women, who have passed on their skills in embroidery and weaving from one generation to the next.The women of Abu Dhabi are also adept at weaving baskets from palm fronds, or khous. These are commonly used to store household staples.

 

Dance

In Abu Dhabi, dance and music - as seen in other cultures of the world - were used to express joy and contentment during happy occasions such as weddings, victory celebrations and successful pearling expeditions.Today, young local men still perform ayallah, a popular battle scene dance, during special occasions such as weddings or anniversaries, or even conferences. This dance requires male participants to form two to four rows wielding sticks as swords and alternately moving forward and backward to symbolise victory and defeat.

 

Oasis

This impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms. You are welcome to get a picnic table at the main entrance of the oasis, or watch plenty of working examples of the falaj, the UAE's traditional irrigation system, which has been used for centuries to tap into underground wells

Images provided by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

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