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12 Experiences You'll Love in Abu Dhabi

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Bikeways along the water. Paddleboarding under minarets. Evening strolls on Marina Island. Other off-the-beaten-path highlights take you to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital or on a kayaking trip in Mangrove National Park. Of course, you can't miss the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or a classic lunch of shawarma, or a ride on a camel through the emirate's desert dunes.
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Sweihan Road,Al Shamkha - Near the Abu Dhabi International Airport - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
A visit to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is worth every minute of the drive out of Dubai (about 45 minutes). This facility, the only one in the world, is devoted to the preservation and health of these amazing which play a central role in the...
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Al Marina - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
After the evening call to prayer, several cafe trucks open up to people strolling along the stretch of Marina Island—across the water and parallel to the Abu Dhabi cityscape on the Corniche. From Arab coffee to karak (similar to chai tea), the...
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No matter where you are staying in the UAE, you can't leave without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The mosque, the third-largest in the world, is the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation's founder. Even on the...
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Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy - Saadiyat Cultural District، Saadiyat Island - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
Manarat al-Saadiyat, Arabic for "place of enlightenment," is a unique gallery and visitor center dedicated to the future. As Saadiyat Island undergoes a massive transformation into a modern cultural hub, Manarat al-Saadiyat tells the story of its...
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Etihad Towers,West Corniche, - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The Etihad Towers are a series of five separate towers that jut into the Abu Dhabi sky. Tower 2 houses this observation deck and casual dining lounge: the perfect place to have a latte or a cocktail while looking out over the city. The water in...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
My favorite piece of Abu Dhabi is the Corniche, with uninterrupted bike and pedestrian pathways, green spaces, food kiosks, and the beach. There are several beach options along this stretch of waterfront, including paid access through the hotels,...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
One of the things I treasure in the city is a calm morning when I can hear the birds chirp and the water roll into the sand in Abu Dhabi. One great way to dive into nature in Abu Dhabi just requires a short trip over to Mangrove National Park. A...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Boasting what is arguably one of the best views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Fairmont Bab al Bahr occupies a cozy little spot just on the other side of Abu Dhabi Island. The beach offers a lovely lounge area along with activities...
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A visit to the Middle East is hardly considered complete without a camel encounter. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a ride one of the friendly animals. Many cultural excursions include an introduction to the desert creatures. The Emirates...
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Abu Dhabi Theatre Rd, Corniche Brake water - Near Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This reconstructed village is a glimpse into old oasis living. Heritage Village is a great place to see how the Emerati lived before skyscrapers. Scenes depict desert life in great detail and highlight their historic, nomadic lifestyle. Make sure...
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Eastern Mangrove Hotel & Spa by Anantara,Sheikh Zayed Rd - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
With its location between the southern crook of the Persian Gulf and the wider bodies of water that form the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, this region has long been a key part of international trade routes, with the likes of spices, wood,...
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Masdar Institute Administration 1 - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Completely geeked to participate in new eco-friendly technology at Masdar City, my touring partner for the day and I pushed the green open button on the glass enclosed parking spot number three where our pod car awaited. Driverless pod cars are...