A lot of people think that Dubai is the capital of UAE but Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and one of the main cities of UAE. One of the main destinations for visitors to the UAE is Abu Dhabi and its many attractions. You can see the glamour of modern UAE as well as the great heritage and history of Arab culture and this country. Abu Dhabi in the latest century has turned into one of the world’s wealthiest cities thanks to petroleum discovery.
In this article, we are going to introduce Abu Dhabi’s most popular attractions. This list consists of historical places and modern entertainment. There are historic places to get familiar with the heritage of Abu Dhabi and modern places like aqua parks on this list. Hope it helps you plan a better trip to Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
One of UAE and Abu Dhabi’s top places is Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Sheikh Zayed is not only the greatest mosque in UAE but one of the most known mosques among Muslim and non-Muslim people from all over the world. You will see the glamour and beauty of a traditional mosque with a modern twist.
You just have to explore Sheikh Zayed Mosque and take a look around to see the importance of Islam in Arabic culture. the lighting of this mosque is one of the reasons that made this place so special. The Sheikh Zayed Mosques have different lighting on different days of the month and it changes due to the moon situation.
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque is so grand that has the capacity for 4000 prayers at the same time.
- This beautiful mosque is open 24-7 and free to visit.
- Location: Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th street, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Louvre Abu Dhabi
One of the newest places built in the latest years in Abu Dhabi is the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This museum holds great treasures from not only the United Arab Emirates heritage but from all over the world.
Louvre Abu Dhabi was inaugurated in the year 2017 over an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and France. This agreement gives the Louvre Abu Dhabi permission to use the name of the Louvre and some of its pieces until the year 2037.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is an important museum in the world that has 600 permanent and 300 temporary art pieces. The temporary pieces are borrowed from the main Louvre Museum in France/Paris.
Location: Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Etihad Towers are a collection of 5 towers in Downtown Abu Dhabi that are Abu Dhabi’s tallest buildings. The longest tower among these 5 towers is 308 meters in height. By going to the last floor of this tower (74th floor) you can have a full view over Abu Dhabi and see the wonders of this glamorous city while enjoying a cup of high tea.
If you are staying at the hotel of Etihad Towers you can go to the last floor of the tower for free but if you are just a visitor you have to purchase a ticket.
Location: King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, next to the Emirates Palace Hotel, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Abu Dhabi is indeed a city with rich culture and heritage that has a lot of opportunities for people who are looking for places to discover the art and history of UAE. But if you got bored with the museums and historic places, Ferrari world is one of the greatest amusement parks that has the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the tallest loop ride, and the highest space frame structure in the world.
The Ferrari World is a collection of the world’s greatest attractions and one of the best indoor amusement parks all over the world.
Other than the great rides and restaurants there is a museum in this park that features products and a history of the Ferrari brand.
Location: Yas Island, Yas Leisure Dr, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Corniche is a 4 miles coastline that gets very crowded on summer nights. This beach road in Abu Dhabi has a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and a long road for biking and walking.
On summer nights the Corniche Road is at its most populated time. It’s one of the most famous beaches in Abu Dhabi and a majority of local people and tourists go there to escape the hot summer nights of UAE.
Location: Road in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Saadiyat Island Beach
Saadiyat Island and the beach is a dreamy part of Abu Dhabi and one of the prettiest beaches in this city. The Saadiyat Beach is a private beach and got inaugurated in the year 2013. You have to purchase a ticket to be allowed on the beach but I can assure you that it’s worth it.
You can enjoy the clear waters of the Persian Gulf while relaxing on the clean sands of the beach. You don’t have to deal with the crowd that you see on public beaches and enjoy swimming in the clear waters of the Persian Gulf at peace.
There are restaurants, hotels, and resorts on Saadiyat Island Beach to make you more comfortable.
Yas Water World Abu Dhabi
Yas Water World is one of the greatest theme parks in UAE with over 40 rides and slides including a 550 meters long roller coaster.
There are 2 outdoor pools in this theme park. one of them is for adults and one for children.
Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Emirates Palace is the most luxurious hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Sheikhs of UAE use it as a hotel and residence.
The Emirates Palace has a private beach, free iPad with free WIFI, and a lot more welfare amenities that makes it very special.
You can stay at the hotel and spend a couple of nights in this luxury hotel or you can buy a ticket and go visit the hotel like a museum. Either way, you have to see this wonder of Abu Dhabi city to understand the welfare and wealth of Sheikhs and men in power in UAE.
Location: West, Corniche Rd, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).