Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, one of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is also the largest Emirate. Though being the capital of the UAE, it is not as popular as Dubai. However, not many know that it is richer than Dubai not only economically but also culturally. There are a huge number of things that you can see and

activities in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi offers several attractions and activities, from which you can pick those that match your tastes and interests.

From culture to luxury to adventure, Abu Dhabi is a place that will leave you awestruck. With this note, let us take a look at the top 21 things to do in Abu Dhabi.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

1. Feel the divinity at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, initiated by the late President of UAE (Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan), is also his resting place. The mosque, which took 11 years to be completed, covers an area of 30 acres of land and is the largest mosque in the UAE and the eighth largest in the world. The mosque is built in marble but also consists of elements made of gold, crystals, semi-precious stones, ceramic, etc.

Though this mosque possesses several marvels, one of the most important is the carpet in the prayer hall which is the largest carpet in the world. It measures 60, 570 sq ft and weighs 35 tons. Apart from this, do not forget to check out the marvelous chandeliers that are made of Swarovski crystals. The intricate architecture, the beautiful pools, the lighting system, etc. make this mosque a sight to behold. An important thing that you have to make sure that you dress modestly while visiting the mosque.

2. Be wowed by the opulent Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

Another site that you should not miss is the Emirates Palace, which is a reflection of Arabic architecture. The hotel breathes opulence with its intricate domes, crystal chandeliers, and gold plating as well as pearls. It is located on 1.3 km of private beach and is surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens. The hotel has 302 rooms as well as 92 palatial suites. Although this seven-star hotel is not open for sight-seeing, you can always visit its coffee shop or restaurants to treat yourself with amazing coffee or other such delicacies.

3. Catch heart-racing action at Ferrari World

Ferrari World

If you are a fan of speed and adventure, Ferrari World is something that you should not miss. This adventure park spans 200,000 square meters and has the largest Ferrari logo. Located in Yas Island, the main attraction of the Ferrari World is the Formula Rossa, which is the fastest roller coaster in the world. It runs at a speed of 240 km per hour. Apart from this, there are 20 more rides as well as attractions that you can enjoy at the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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4. Pack a picnic at Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi Corniche

If you are looking for a place where you want to relax and spend your time with family and friends, the Abu Dhabi Corniche is the perfect place for you. You can choose to take a walk or cycle along the 8 km long Corniche road. Apart from this, you can also opt to have a picnic or take a swim on the beach. There are also several cafeterias and restaurants where you can try out some delicious treats while enjoying the beach and the sea.

5. Travel back in time at Heritage Village

Heritage Village

The Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi is the best place to visit if you want to know about the culture of this city. Here a Bedouin village has been recreated and consists of goat-hair tents, a small mosque, and a souk too. You can observe some of the features of the traditional culture like goat rearing, falaj (irrigation system, etc). However, it is not just a museum; rather it also allows visitors to participate in different types of activities. You can indulge in activities like pottery, weaving, spinning, etc.

6. Admire the vintage vehicles at Emirates National Auto Museum

Emirates National Auto Museum Dubai

The Emirates National Auto Museum is located in the South of Abu Dhabi and possesses almost 250 types of cars. This museum houses the private collection of cars of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. While some of the vehicles have been bought, many have been gifted to the Sheikh from around the world. You can also view seven Mercedes which the Sheikh got painted in colors of the rainbow; one color for each day of the week.

7. Buy unique souvenirs at the Women’s Handicraft Center

Heritage Village

The Women’s Handicraft Center is a place you can view the traditional Emirati handicrafts. Here the local Arab women can be seen engaging in activities like embroidery, weaving, silver-threading, basket-making, etc. You can also buy these products from the souvenir shop. Other than this, you can also get a henna tattoo from here.

8. Discover a closer side of Falcons at Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Falcon Hospital

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is one of a kind as it is the first and only hospital that houses and cares for falcons. It is fully air-conditioned and can house almost 200 Falcons at a time in individual rooms. The staff at this hospital can diagnose and treat all kinds of ailments that falcons face. Its uniqueness has made this hospital a popular tourist destination.

9. Stay on Yas Island for an epic adventure

Yas Island

Apart from the Ferrari World, Yas Island is a great place to visit for other reasons too. This manmade island has a world-class golf course as well as a gateway park where you can relax and have a good time. The Yas Marina is also a place where you can indulge in sailing while enjoying the view of the island.

10. Unravel the history at Qasr al-Hosn

Al Hosn Palace Abu Dhabi

The Al Hosn Palace is considered to be the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi. It was the home of the royal family till 1996 and is now open to the public for viewing. This building is the perfect monument that reflects as well as preserves the historic and cultural heritage of the city.

11. Sign up for unlimited fun at Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld

Part of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, Yas Waterworld is considered to be the best and biggest water park in the UAE. With a unique Emirati theme, it is a favorite place to hang out with families. Your Yas Waterworld tickets offer access to its more than 40 thrilling rides and several kid-friendly attractions. The place also has numerous dining options, making it easy to spend an entire day here.

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12. Witness the magic of art at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Museum in Abu dhabi

Located in Saadiyat Cultural District, Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates art and creativity, in parallel to connecting the cultures. The museum has 12 exhibits and presents the artistic works of humans from various corners of the globe, ranging from the Neolithic Age to the present modern world. The museum aims at bringing together the Eastern and Western worlds and to show how human heritage is universal.

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13. Marvel at the eye-catching architecture of Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi

The palatial Qasr Al Watan is a tribute to the culture, religion, and traditions as well as the growth and development of UAE. While the architecture of the place would amaze you, the interactive tour educates you about the knowledge, craftsmanship, and governance of the country. Each room of the Qasr Al Watan is not just beautiful but also has great significance.

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14. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama from Observation Deck at 300

Observation Deck at 300 is the highest observation deck in Abu Dhabi and gives you a gorgeous panoramic view of the city. Perched on the 74th floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the place is also popular for its afternoon tea. Snack on a variety of sweet and savory delights along with your choice of delicious tea or coffee, while basking in the bird’s eye view of Abu Dhabi.

15. Get your adrenaline raised at desert safari Abu Dhabi

desert safari

Desert safari in Abu Dhabi would take you to Liwa Oasis and also the Empty Quarter, where you would get to see vast, uninterrupted desert land. While the beauty of the desert is enrapturing, the safari would give you the chance to join the thrill of adventurous activities like dune bashing, quad biking, and camel riding. If you are opting for an evening desert safari in Abu Dhabi, get ready to see some marvelous performances by belly and Tanura dancers. Savor a delectable BBQ dinner before you return to your hotel or home.

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16. Spot rare wildlife at Emirates Park Zoo

If you are traveling with your children, take them to the Emirates Park Zoo, a place that would educate them about wildlife. The first zoo of UAE, the Emirates Park Zoo is home to more than 1700 animals including Siberian bear, white tigers, zebras, lions, cheetahs, etc. Visitors get to meet and interact with the inhabitants and see some interactive and educational shows. To make your trip even more interesting, book an air-conditioned chalet at the Emirates Park Resort. Apart from a comfortable stay, you can take advantage of the facilities to watch wild animals in their caves, from your balcony.

17. Gear up for family fun at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi


Another prime feature of Yas Island, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world. The place is divided into six zones or lands, which feature 29 cutting-edge rides, numerous family-friendly attractions, and live entertainment. The highlight of the place is that you can bump into your favorite Warner Bros’ characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, Flintstone, etc. The place also has several dining options as well as shopping outlets.

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18. Shop & play at Marina Mall

Marina Mall is considered to be one of the finest malls in Abu Dhabi.  As it is lined up with more than 400 stores of top international and local brands, there is nothing you cannot buy at this mall. Besides offering the retailing addiction, Marina Mall has 9-screens theatre, a bowling alley, a car showroom, bank offices, hypermarket, and several cafes and restaurants.

19. Replenish your soul at Mangrove National Park

Among all the ultra-modern buildings and rapid development, it would be hard to imagine a place in Abu Dhabi where nature is preserved. However, Mangrove National Park is a 19 km forest, where mangroves are grown and protected. Apart from the mangroves, you also get to see more than 60 species of birds including western reef heron and flamingos. The most spectacular way to explore the mangroves is by kayaking. Other water-based activities like canoeing and paddle boarding are also available here.

20. Put your feet up at Saadiyat Public Beach

Unwind and relax for a day at the pristine Saadiyat Beach, which is endowed with turquoise water and soft white sand. You can choose to laze in one of the 300 sun loungers or try your hand at one of the several eco-friendly water sports available here. The waters of Saadiyat Beach are perfect for swimming, and if you are lucky, you would also find fishes, crabs, and dolphins. There is a café on the beach to keep you replenished with snacks and drinks.

21. Sample delicious dishes on Emirati Cuisine Tour

Emirati cuisine is influenced by Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and India. The dishes of Emirati cuisine are exquisite and delicious. While Abu Dhabi is brimming with high-end restaurants that serve luscious and tasty cuisines from all over the world, you can go on a tour to try the local cuisine. Some of the places where you can relish Emirati cuisine are Yadoo’s House, Meylas, Mezlai, Zahrat Lebnan, Shish Shawarma, etc.

Tips for Visiting Abu Dhabi

If you are visiting Abu Dhabi for the first time, here are some important tips that would help you have a great trip.

  • The summer months (June to October) are extremely hot with temperatures rising till 50oC. Hence, the best time to visit Abu Dhabi would be in the winter season, when the climate is pleasant.
  • Although Abu Dhabi does not have a dress code for visitors, it is important to make sure that you do not wear revealing clothes. You may have to wear traditional clothing (abaya and kandoura) while visiting a mosque. Swimwear (including two-piece bikini) is allowed at the beach and pool area.
  • Drinking alcohol in public is prohibited. You can drink alcohol only at a restaurant or in the confines of your hotel room or home.
  • Public display of affection is illegal in the UAE. So, refrain from hugging or kissing your partner in public during your visit.
  • Check for festivals and other such events before you travel. During Ramadan (a month-long fast), no one (even non-Muslims) are not allowed to eat or drink in public.
  • Public transportation in Abu Dhabi is not very strong. Hence, it would be ideal to rely on taxis while traveling from one place to another.


What is there to do in Abu Dhabi?

Visit the top sights in Abu Dhabi:
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Emirates Palace
  • Desert Safari
  • Ferrari World
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise
  • Skydive Abu Dhabi

What Cannot do in Abu Dhabi?

When travelling in Abu Dhabi, you should not dress inappropriately, do rude hand gestures, smoke and drink in public, indulge in illegal drugs, swear, or take photos of official buildings.

Is Abu Dhabi cheaper than Dubai?

Dubai is bigger in terms of entertainment, and hence more expensive. Generally, Abu Dhabi is cheaper when it comes to searching for hotels eating out or trying adventures. Also, Abu Dhabi is peaceful.

What are the Dos and Don’ts in Abu Dhabi

  • Drive carefully by following traffic rules
  • Carry essential summer products such as sunscreen and hats
  • Show respect for the religion and government
  • Don’t wear short, revealing or transparent clothes
  • Don’t drink alcohol in public
  • Don’t greet with left hand or make rude hand gestures
  • Do not indulge in PDA

Can you drink alcohol in Abu Dhabi?

Alcohol in Abu Dhabi can be consumed only in licensed bars and clubs. Tourists are allowed to drink within the local, hotel establishments or independent outlets, but not in public.

Is it OK to wear shorts in Abu Dhabi?

It is important to respect the local custom and religion. Thus, you must wear decent and modest clothes. Shorts and swimwear are allowed by the beach and pool.

What do female tourists wear in Abu Dhabi?

Female tourists should wear decent clothes that cover their shoulders and knees. Pack maxi dresses, baggy trousers, t-shirts, full-length trousers and midi and maxi skirts. Carry a pashmina or shawl to protect from dust and sun, and to remain like the locals. Also at many places, you will be asked to cover your head.

Does Dubai have a water park?

Dubai has the best waterparks in the world with an exciting range of rides, slides, lazy rivers, beaches and a lot of amenities.

Is Abu Dhabi worth visiting?

Abu Dhabi is a beautiful city with sandy adventures, local culture, iconic architecture and epic theme parks that make it one of the best tourist attractions in the world. It is historically enriching and has a delicious range of food.

Can unmarried couples stay in hotels in Abu Dhabi?

Unmarried couples can stay in the same hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi without facing any issues.

How can I spend a day in Abu Dhabi?

Start your morning with the Grand Mosque, and then tick off Louvre Museum, Observation Deck at 300 and Corniche Walk and Beach.

Why is Abu Dhabi famous?

Abu Dhabi is famous for its preserved heritage, rich culture, eye-catching attractions, and world-famous parks spend the evening in Presidential Palace. It is known for its biggest mosque, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is one of the rarest architectural brilliance.

Can you hold hands in Abu Dhabi?

PDA is strictly not permitted in Abu Dhabi. Something as simple as holding hands can be frowned upon.

What are the best things to do in Abu Dhabi with friends?

You can visit the following places with friends in Abu Dhabi
  • Yas Waterworld
  • Ferrari World
  • Warner Brothers World
  • Skydive
  • Mangrove Kayaking
  • Desert Safari

What are the top attractions to visit in Abu Dhabi?

  • Louvre Museum
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Emirates Palace
  • Heritage Village
  • Emirates Park Zoo

Is Abu Dhabi the same as Dubai?

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the two emirates of the UAE. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE which has a mix of traditional and modernity, while Dubai is a cosmopolitan city that brings the most innovative attractions.

Is there a train between Dubai and Abu Dhabi?

Yes, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are connected by a long Etihad railway line.


Abu Dhabi may not be as popular and lively as Dubai, but it equally has a good length of things to do that will keep you interested during your stay. Adventure, culture, entertainment and good food: you get to experience all these and more during your holiday in the capital city. So, whenever you are in Dubai the next time, don’t forget to receive the warmth of its neighbor.

Young and Brilliant, Rajkumar Gaikwad is a marketing head by profession and an enthusiastic traveler driven by passion for trekking and adventure. He believes that the best product in the market sells like hot cakes.

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