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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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Abu Dhabi hosts a Formula 1 race every fall, and if you’re one of those people who has wondered what it would be like to drive a high-performance car, here is your chance. Test your Formula 1 skills on the track, or release your inner James Bond...
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Mafraq Industrial Area - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Interested in nature and biodiversity? Head out to Al Wathba, a 40-minute drive from the city, where you can watch the flamingos and other wild birds that use the freshwater lake as a stopover during migration. You can also stroll along the...
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Whether or not you're into cars, you won't regret checking out the over-the-top automobile collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan al-Nahayan—a royal-family member fondly called the Rainbow Sheikh. True to his nickname, he has assembled...
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Sweihan Road,Al Shamkha - Near the Abu Dhabi International Airport - Abu Dhabi - 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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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Gather your courage and head into the open desert in a 4x4 vehicle (with a trained driver) for the sand-dune equivalent of a roller-coaster ride. You’ll bolt up the faces of the dunes and slide down the other side, then “drift” across a dune face...
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About 20 minutes from downtown, there's a long, flat stretch of sand called Kite Beach because local kitesurfers flock here every afternoon when the wind picks up. You can rent a kiteboard and hire a coach for the day to teach you the...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Across the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge that connects Abu Dhabi to Saadiyat Island, you’ll find beautiful Saadiyat Public Beach, where you can rent a lounge chair and towel or go for a long walk on the sand—keeping a sharp eye out for dolphins and for...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
You’ve never had high tea quite this high: on the 74th floor looking out over the Gulf and the city, with all its interconnected islands. You don’t have to order anything to eat to visit the observation deck, but if you’re willing to pay for a...
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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 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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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
While the United Arab Emirates is young, the region's rich heritage is timeless. Warehouse421 is an Abu Dhabi space like no other—it serves as a cultural center, museum, art gallery, and creative-community hub for regional artists who put...
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Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy - Saadiyat Cultural District، Saadiyat Island - Abu Dhabi - 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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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Built as part of a land-reclamation project, this lovely blue-tiled walkway runs the length of Abu Dhabi, curving all the way around to the National Theater, the domed landmark at the end of the marina. You can rent bicycles and pedal the entire...
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Located along the far side of the Corniche across from Heritage Village, this latest addition to the Abu Dhabi skyline offers a bird's-eye view of the city and the Gulf beyond it. You could easily bike along the Corniche to the Eye, ride the...
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Saadiyat Marina District - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This brand-new campus, home to approximately 1,000 students, faculty and staff, offers the opportunity to see world-class researchers and artists in an intimate setting. You might find a lunchtime lecture about the Byzantine era, a gallery show...
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Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This oasis city, about 90 minutes inland through the desert (watch for camel herds on the side of the road), is the ancestral home of the Al Nahyan family. Visit the oasis gardens and the ancient burial ground (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). And...
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Masdar City, Presidential Flight, Khalifa City A - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Remember the movie Bio-Dome? Masdar City is a zero-emission community with a research institute, shops, restaurants, and even apartments. Park outside the self-contained complex and take a driverless car to the Knowledge Centre, where you can...
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Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
Sharjah is a small Emirate about ninety minutes from Abu Dhabi, on the other side of Dubai’s skyscrapers. The Museum offers an amazing tour through the history of Islamic art, architecture, and culture: medical instruments, navigational tools,...
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Sultan Bin Zayed the First St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This unfancy mall is part of the "old" Abu Dhabi: It’s full of fabric shops and jewelry stores where the South Asians who live here shop for holiday gifts. Poke around the side streets to find notions stores selling buttons, ribbons, and all...
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These shops in and of themselves are a treasure trove of crafts from the region, but if you venture out to their warehouse, at Mina Zayed (also called the Zayed Port), you’ll find furniture, mirrors and heaps of rugs, from intricate wool kilims to...
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Garden Tower - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Housed in an intricately carved modern wooden structure that echoes traditional Arabic architecture, this souk is the place for spices, oils and hand-crafted jewelry. You can bargain gently in some of the shops, and then relax with a refreshing...
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Al Bateen Area Villa 15, Al Huwelat Street (Behind Al Bateen Mall) - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Located inside Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Art House Café is a perfect place to relax and reflect after a visit to the gallery. The café features work by emerging local artists and all the furniture is created from waste materials, including...
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Qaryat Al Beri Area, Next to Shangrila Hotel - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The stalls at this souk, situated across the creek from the Grand Mosque, sell local crafts and handiwork; there is also a shop here that sells prints by local artists. For a change of pace, take an abra (a traditional open-sided boat) from the...
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Meylas means "gathering place," and that’s just what this restaurant offers. Tucked into the Al Raha Beach community on Yas Island, this relaxed eatery updates classic Emirati dishes with contemporary flair. Try the machbos diyay, chicken with...
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Street 24 - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Devotees of this local chain say it’s the best in town, while others swear by Saj 2 Go, a little storefront on the Corniche. Grab a few small sandwiches from each place, then find a park bench and have your own taste test. Be ready to go back for...
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Mutoor Road, Al muroor - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
After browsing at Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, wander the nearby side streets to Sultan for a za'atar-and-cheese pastry, or walk over to Gulf Bakery for sujouk, a dry, spicy sausage. Or follow your nose to a clay-oven bakery, where you can get...
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Al Mamoura Building B Ground Floor 06/07 Corner 4th Muroor & 15th Street - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This Australian establishment actually boasts a few locations around Abu Dhabi, which is great, because you'll likely want to spend as much time here as possible. Think pumpkin and feta salads, and lamb kebobs, desserts like apple crumble topped...
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Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Adjacent to the Galleria Mall, Zuma serves inventive and delicious Japanese food and offers a great weekday lunch special that’s very popular with the people who work nearby. Try to avoid the midday rush and snag one of the waterside window...
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West Corniche Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Some experienced travelers wouldn't consider a hotel a "sight," but the Emirates Palace is a full-blown spectacle. This luxurious spot, which is owned by the government, opened in 2006 to the cost of roughly $6 billion! You'll notice marble and...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Home to the HSBC Golf Championship, this award-winning facility, managed by Troon Golf, features an 18-hole championship course that every golf enthusiast should play. For those days too hot to go out for a round, they also feature a nine-hole...
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Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Clean, refreshing, full of light, and a shopper's dream, Yas Mall is the newest of Abu Dhabi’s malls, set on Yas Island—where fast cars, a fast roller coaster, and mega-yachts arrive and depart regularly while shoppers enjoy fashion, food, and...