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The Top Places to Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi

No trip to the Middle East would be complete without a stop in Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is a must-visit destination, where modernity intertwines with rich heritage, and attracts travelers from around the globe. There are many places to visit in this dazzling city, and during your trip you can see awe-inspiring architectural marvels, stunning waterfronts, world-class entertainment, and natural wonders. 

When deciding what places to visit in Abu Dhabi, keep in mind that this city is actually an archipelago of over 200 islands, many of which you can visit. From urban wonders to wildlife and forests, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Abu Dhabi.

Here’s our ultimate list of the top places to visit in Abu Dhabi. 


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an architectural wonder, and it’s likely you’ve seen images of it before: white, pristine, and ornate, this is the largest mosque in the UAE. This mosque took more than 20 years to construct, and it opened in December 2007. It’s also large, and can accommodate more than 40,000 worshippers at one time. 

When you’re there, you’ll notice there’s plenty to take in. From the stunning marble to ornate mosaics and carvings, you’ll quickly see why this mosque is one of the top destinations in the city. 


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


Qasr Al Watan Palace

The working presidential palace of Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan is another stunning cultural and architectural landmark. It’s notable on the city skyline, and it was designed with meticulous attention to detail, blending traditional Arabian design and modern elements. For example, there are elegant domes, intricate archways, and ornate calligraphy. 

Visitors can explore the inside of the palace, which includes the Spirit of Collaboration area, where the Arab League and Federal Supreme Council come together to work. You can also see the Qasr Al Watan Library and House of Knowledge, which house a large collection of books, manuscripts, and other materials related to the UAE’s history and culture. 


Qasr Al Watan Palace


Louvre Abu Dhabi

This art museum isn’t just any art museum: a collaboration between the UAE and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the largest art museum in the Arabian peninsula, and both the building and its contents are one-of-a-kind. 

When it comes to the building, the architecture is world-renowned, and thoughtfully plays with shape, light, reflections, and water. Inside the museum you’ll find global masterpieces, from classic works by Leonardo da Vinci to contemporary pieces. The museum also features pieces from different cultures and religions, making it a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts, history lovers, or anyone eager to explore all that it has to offer.


Abu Dhabi Louvre


Abu Dhabi Date Market

An off-the-beaten-path location, the Date Market is an excellent way to get a glimpse into the local culture, and is one of the more unique places to visit in Abu Dhabi. Dates are abundant in the Middle East, and at this market you’ll find tons of varieties of dates, as well as other date products, ranging from syrup to chocolate. Be prepared: if you’re looking to take home a local souvenir or treats for your friends back home, dates from this market make an excellent choice. 


Date Market


Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

This Ferrari-branded theme park is home to many attractions, including the world’s fastest roller coaster. A mostly indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi opened in 2010. If you’re looking for a high-thrills experience, or you’re a big Ferrari fan, then this place is definitely worth a visit. 


Etihad Towers’ Observation Deck

For a stunning view of Abu Dhabi, be sure to head to the Observation Deck at 300, located in Etihad Towers on level 74. The highest vantage point in the city, you can check out the view of the city from 300-meters off the ground, and see both the skyline and the coast line. You can also choose to enjoy an afternoon high tea at the cafe, or sip on a signature cocktail. 


Etihad Towers


Umm Al Emarat Park

This stunning park is tucked into the center of the city, and it’s one of the oldest and largest parks in the country. There are many attractions here, including a Children’s Garden, Botanic Garden, and Animal Barn, which is also operated by the Emirates Park Zoo, and houses animals such as camels and baby goats. 


Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

As the world’s first and largest hospitals completely dedicated to falcons, this hospital treats more than 6,000 birds a year. Falcons are a cultural symbol of the UAE, and the birds have been part of UAE and Bedouin culture for hundreds of years. Visitors can tour the hospital, and see falcons which are flying in the aviary, as well as birds that are currently being treated.


Mangrove National Park

If you’re looking for a quiet natural escape, away from the high rises and busy city center, you can head to the Mangrove National Park. A protected area, this park has salt marshes and mudflats, and you can enjoy the quiet waters by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or private boat tour. 

Why are the mangroves so special in Abu Dhabi? Experts say they protect against tidal surges, purify the water, and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They’re also home to a wide array of wildlife, including turtles, herons, flamingos, and fish. 


There are many incredible and unique places to visit in Abu Dhabi

When you arrive in the city, you’ll quickly see just how much there is to do and see. If you’re looking to enjoy the best that the city has to offer, be sure to check out this Abu Dhabi City Tour, which takes you on a hassle-free journey through the city’s famous sites and landmarks. If you’re visiting Dubai and you want to include a trip to Abu Dhabi, check out this Dubai to Abu Dhabi tour.

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