Abu Dhabi - Sightseeing
There’s so much to see and do in this beautiful exotic land of excitement, from copious shopping opportunities around every corner to stunning attractions that’ll make your stare in wonder; Abu Dhabi has everything
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
No trip to Abu Dhabi is complete without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. In 2015 it came fourth in TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s top 25 landmarks. It’s able to accommodate 41,000 worshippers, it boasts 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, 24-carat-gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest handmade carpet.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
An remarkable 8km of stunning waterfront that includes pedestrian walkways, cafés, restaurants, play areas for children and the Corniche Beach – a lifeguarded beach park.
The entertainment island of Abu Dhabi. Enjoy top attractions including Yas Marina Circuit, which hosts the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the planet’s largest indoor theme park and home of the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa; Yas Waterworld, one of Arabia’s best water parks; Yas Mall, the emirate’s largest shopping mall; and Yas Links, the only true links golf course in Arabia.
Home to spotless beaches on which hawksbill turtles come to nest each spring, a championship golf course, and two beachfront 5-star hotels: St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. Soon it will also lay claim to three of the Gulf’s most hotly anticipated cultural attractions: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
The ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain
One of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements and home to several World Heritage Sites. Attractions include the historic Al Jahili Fort; the 3,000-year-old Al Ain Oasis; the Al Ain Camel Market, one of the last of its kind in existence; Wadi Adventure, the region’s only man-made white-water rafting, kayaking and surf facility; and Jebel Hafeet, the emirate’s highest peak.
Al Gharbia & the Desert
The Western Region is largely comprised of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), the largest sand desert in the world. Surrounded by enormous sand dunes is the 5-star Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, around which scenes from the new Star Wars film were shot. Activities include camel trekking, 4x4 dune bashing, sand surfing, fat-wheeled biking, falconry and campfire barbecues.
As Abu Dhabi sneaks up to claim the crown for most luxurious holiday destination, it’s also becoming one of the world’s best shopping hot spots. Filled with stylish, air-conditioned malls, pedestrianised shopping villages and glittering souks, there’s plenty of options.
With over 200,000 square feet of unique fashion, leisure and entertainment, the Marina Mall is a distinctive Abu Dhabi landmark in itself. Spread out over five floors and featuring more than 400 stores, you can buy anything from high street to designer fashion in this luxurious and practical shopping paradise. Alongside the shopping experience you’ll find a lively food court offering everything you could want, and multiple leisure activities including bowling, an ice rink and a nine screen cinema. The Marina Mall is more than a shopping experience, it’s a fun day out for everyone.
Al Wahda Mall
This shopping landmark is situated right in the heart of the city, offering up shopping and lifestyle experiences like no other. As the recipient of various ‘Best Shopping Mall in Abu Dhabi’ awards, this megastore is situated over 3.3 million square feet, and features more than 350 brands, ranging from high street chains like H&M and GAP to designer labels like Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret, and multiple big name brands. This is a fabulous and fun filled shopping adventure like no other.
Abu Dhabi Mall
Located right in the heart of Abu Dhabi, this diverse and eclectic mall is thriving with an unparalleled energy, offering you a unique shopping experience. With more than 200 shops featuring big name high street stores from around the world, which sit alongside Arabian specialists, carpet sellers, and jewellers, you can get a variety of worldly shopping experiences under one roof. With a children’s play area, a Cineplex and a variety of activities taking place throughout the year, this is a shopping mall for the entire family to enjoy.
The Old Souk
The famous Old Souk; Al Nasr Street, is the place to head to barter. As one of the most traditional Arab markets, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time, as you experience shopping from a whole new world. Experience excellent buys on wondrous items, and peruse the stalls for everything you could image such as Persian carpets, gold, jewellery, antique lanterns, tapestries, handicrafts, chests and spices. Haggling for the best price is expected within souks, so don’t hesitate about trying to secure a bargain.
If you enjoyed it here, other good souks worth a wander are the Iranian Souk, Al Ain Souk, and Al Meena Souk.