The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi has something for everyone and offers new discoveries each time you visit; here’s a glimpse of its many highlights.
This dynamic metropolis is home to the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, amongst the largest mosques in the world within easy reach of city-based 5-star hotels; Abu Dhabi sightseeing can continue at the distinctive Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island with its impressive artworks; other hotspots include Abu Dhabi Mall and Yas Island, home to theme parks like Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld!
Nature & Wildlife
For those who love nature, amongst the key sites here is the Mangrove National Park near Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, a perfect location for kayak exploration. Not to be missed is a visit to Sir Bani Yas Island, home to the Arabian Wildlife Park where one can see thousands of free-roaming animals from cheetahs and giraffes to the endangered Arabian oryx.
This emirate is steeped in history too and amongst the best things to do in Abu Dhabi is to explore Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; notable attractions here are the lush Al Ain Oasis, Jebel Hafit Tombs and Hili Archaeological Site. You can also visit the 18th century Qasr Al Hosn that’s now a museum and the archaeological sites on Sir Bani Yas that date to 600 A.D.
For more adventures, you can head to the Empty Quarter, the largest sand desert on the planet! You can stay at a resort amidst this awe-inspiring setting and enjoy plenty of new experiences; go camel trekking or horse riding in the desert, feel the adrenaline rush of dune bashing and sandboarding, witness a falcon and Saluki show and dine on the sand under the stars.