Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is a popular travel destination. It offers so much to travellers – world’s finest luxury, adventure opportunities, picturesque cities, mountains, beaches, deserts and plenty of shopping avenues. Here, we list down the top 10 must-do activities and experiences to make your Abu Dhabi holidays more memorable.
A ride on Abu Dhabi’s traditional, double-decker sailing vessel – dhow – along the Dubai Creek, to soak in the mesmerising views of the surroundings, is a must-do. One can enjoy dinner or lunch on the Dhow Cruises.
A visit to Abu Dhabi will be incomplete without experiencing its deserts. Go for thrilling desert safaris, on camelback or on 4-wheelers. Experience adventurous dune bashing or romantic open sky dinners at desert camps or just admire the sultry and dynamic landscape created by the sand dunes.
A visit to the local souks is a must for travellers visiting Abu Dhabi. Experience the bustling local life at the souks – the gold souk and the spice souk. Do remember to haggle hard.
Women’s Craft Centre
Visit the Women’s Craft Centre and marvel at the creations of local women who use traditional skills such as weaving, embroidery and basketry to make beautiful, unusual and authentic souvenirs. You can pick up shawls, slippers, bags, carpets and textiles to support their work.
Girls, enjoy getting your hands patterned with henna tattoos along the Abu Dhabi Library and Cultural Centre. Henna tattoos are very common here and are a form of traditional body art, with plenty of local artists offering this service.
Abu Dhabi is home to many famous international restaurant chains offering Continental, Mexican or Italian cuisines. Also, enjoy the local authentic cuisine to complete your stay here. Don’t forget to try sumptuous Lebanese food available easily at elite or smaller eateries.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE and is a popular tourist attraction for good reason. The mosque is home to the biggest chandelier and carpet in the world. Marvel at the exquisite floral floor tiles and marble wall panels that are designed with semi- precious stones.
Travellers visit the Yas Island for its beauty and to have a thrilling time at its amusement parks. The Yas Island has the world’s biggest water park, the Waterworld, and the unique theme park, the Ferrari World.
Get amazing views of Abu Dhabi’s glittering skyline from the observation deck of the Jumeirah at the Etihad Towers Hotel. This observation deck is the highest vantage point in the city.
Learn about Abu Dhabi’s zero-carbon project with a visit to the Masdar City. The ‘green’ city offers a glimpse into the far sightedness and uniqueness of its rulers. This pro-environment and futuristic city is entirely fuelled by solar and wind power.