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What to Do around The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

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Abu Dhabi is a name that conjures up images of rich oil tycoons speeding in Ferraris, skyscrapers grasping at the clouds, and all things cosmopolitan. Yet despite appearances, the capital of the United Arab Emirates is trying to balance a culturally rich past with an economically rich present.
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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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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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Sas Al Nakhl - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Dune bashing, as it is called in the UAE, is when you go off-roading in SUV on sand. To make the ride really exhilarating, the drivers go into blind drops down the side of a dune then expertly allow the vehicle to slide down the face of the dune...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
You might know it as shisha, hookah, nargile, or hubbly-bubbly; but whatever the name, the water pipe is an icon of Arabic culture. Despite the health risks, most cafes along Abu Dhabi's Corniche will be shrouded in smoke on any given night, with...
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24°28'18.9"N 54°36'16. - 3rd Street - United Arab Emirates
Get ready to suit up and drive a Formula 1 car at on the Yas Marina Circuit. You'll be given lessons, cruise through some practice laps with a coach, and then race down the course on your own. In addition to F1 racers, several other types of high...
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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
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 Marina, Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
For a memorable excursion, take a seaplane tour with Seawings. The 30-minute aerial tour takes off from the water and leads to panoramic vistas. You'll see the city, mangrove forests, and shoreline. Planes can accommodate up to 9 people so it's a...
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Al Meena St, Al Diar Mina Hotel, Abu Dhabi - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
The term 'souq' probably conjures up visions of an elaborate system of alleys packed full of brass wares, camel traders, and hookah bars but this is not the case in the Emirates. While the fruit-and-vegetable market in Abu Dhabi may have lost some...
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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
This has to be one of the prettiest courses I have ever laid eyes on. Yas Links, situated on the Arabian Coast, is truly remarkable and it seems every area of this course was well thought out by master designer Kyle Phillips, who is known for...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Ferrari World is an expansive indoor theme park with numerous attractions to choose from. My top pick is the Formula Rossa Roller Coaster (pictured above), which reaches speeds of 250 kph within4 seconds of the roller coaster's start, making it...
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31 Mina St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Running parallel with Corniche Road, this long stretch along the water is known for beaches, lounging, play areas, swimming, and cafes. Come early on the weekend to stake out a good spot on the beach. Renting a bicycle and traveling along the...
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12th St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
While traveling, a trip to the zoo is not only a fun activity but an education in local wildlife. The Emirates Park Zoo has created a wonderful home for their menagerie of animals. The first private zoo in the UAE, their space has over 600 animals...
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The new Yas Waterworld park is perfect for a family outing. Whether you're splashing around with little kids or seeking an adult adrenaline rush, their wide array of themed rides and activities will entertain everyone while keeping you cool....
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Visiting a shopping mall isn't always on my travel list, however the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi is a uniquely entertaining experience. Opened in 2001 near the Corniche Road, they have nearly everything. In addition to luxury labels you can find some...
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Exit 14,Saadiyat Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
If this postcard image doesn't have you longing for a vacation I don't know what will. Saadiyat public beach offers paddle boards and kayaks on weekends and lounging seven days a week. Whether you're relaxing or rowing, keep an eye out for...
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Cattle Market, Zayed Bin Sultan Road, Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
For an unusual wildlife experience, take a day trip to Al Ain's Camel Market, one of the last remaining in the U.A.E. Watch livestock traders and merchants drive hard bargains and haggle mercilessly. It's an excellent photo opportunity, but be...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
This tranquil lagoon is an interesting find for the Middle East. Home to numerous species of fish and birds, it's best explored on the water. Kayak excursions include some history on the area, island exploration, and even some fishing. Book a trip...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Soothe away your stress at the The Heavenly Spa. Their six treatment rooms all bring natural elements and modern methods to rejuvenate your body and mind. In addition to a long list of treatments for women, I appreciated their variety of...
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Al Maqta'a Bridge - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Al Maqtaa Bridge looks splendid at nighttime when its reflection is mirrored in Khor Al Maqtaa canal. Once a vital structure for the development of Abu Dhabi, it has recently been overshadowed by the nearby Sheikh Zayed Bridge but the Al Maqtaa's...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Spend two hours relaxing and refreshing on the Dhow Cruise Dinner. Abu Dhabi looks marvelous from the water and you will undoubtedly have a restorative Arabian experience as you glide along while the ultra-modern city's skyscrapers stand still....
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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...