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Top Attractions in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is all about the extremes. Whether you're into the opulent, the futuristic, or the quirky, here's what to do in Abu Dhabi.
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Nurai Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
One of Abu Dhabi's great pleasures is the ease with which one can escape to a seemingly remote paradise within minutes. If you’d like a tropical getaway without a drive or flight, take a 10-minute ferry from Saadiyat Island and stay at the...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Pity the poor traveler who finds herself in Abu Dhabi in the scorching heat of July, when high temperatures top 100 degrees Fahrenheit every day. But don't despair—if this happens to be your fate, the Liwa Date Festival promises to lift your...
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Al Wathba - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
As the blazing-hot summer cools into a pleasant autumn balminess, Emiratis’ attentions turn to...camel racing! The pastime has been a part of Middle Eastern culture for millennia, but in the 20th century the races evolved from impromptu...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Expats here will probably tell you about their favorite “carpet guy” (the fellow who will “give you a deal” if you drop your friend’s name), but the carpet souk on Mina Road near the main port is a great place for the...
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Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara - Sir Bani Yas - United Arab Emirates
If you want to take to the sea when in Abu Dhabi, hire a boat to ferry you to Sir Bani Yas Island. Anantara operates three resorts on Sir Bani Yas, and any one of them can arrange for a wildlife drive around the 34-square-mile nature reserve that...
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Eastern Mangroves Marina ("EMM") launch point Eastern Mangroves Promenade - Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Water sports abound in Abu Dhabi, especially in its many inland tributaries. One of the more popular kayaking spots is the Mangrove National Park, which emerges in a tangle of roots from the Khor al-Baghal Bay, southeast of Al-Reem Island....
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Yas Marina Circuit,Yas Island,Bedside Yas Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Yas Island is one of the UAE's top annual tourist attractions, but you may wonder: What is the track—the Yas Marina Circuit—used for during the other 51 weeks of the year? Well, of course, there are...
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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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Unnamed Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Just a few short years after its opening, the NYUAD Art Gallery has made its presence known on Abu Dhabi's growing contemporary-art scene, with its unexpected exhibitions by students, local artists, and international creators like Chinese sculptor...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
International cultural institutions seem to pop up weekly in Abu Dhabi, but amid all the rapid change, the NYUAD Arts Center has quickly become a beacon for lovers of music, theater, and poetry from throughout the region. New York...
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Yas Island, Opp Crown Plaza - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Whether you’re rolling with kids or hunting for a bar and DJ by the clear waters with other partygoers, the amenities at Yas Beach will be sure to accommodate your needs. It's situated along Al-Raha Creek, an inlet off the Persian Gulf, and...
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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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West Corniche Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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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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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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Al Bahia Kite Beach - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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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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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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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24.538100, 54.424950 - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi’s hypermarkets can make for a stressful, overwhelming shopping experience, and the quality of the fruits and vegetables is not always consistent. If you yearn for the organic farmers’ markets found in parks and on city...
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15th Street, Mushrif Area, Karama - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
As a visitor in Abu Dhabi, you often ask yourself: “But where are the Emiratis?” Many of the attractions in the city were designed specifically for tourists, and you may not get a sense of how the typical Emirati family spends their...