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The Best Things to Do in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi is all about the extremes. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi's blend of elegant (visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque), opulent (see Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi), futuristic (head to Masdar City), and, well, great beaches (ah, Nurai Island), is fascinating, delightful, and, at times, mind-boggling.
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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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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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Mariyam Tower - Corniche Rd - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Our desert safari with Emirates Adventures Tour company began with a hotel pick up and a 45 minute drive to the edge of town. There, local drivers met to lower their tire pressure in preparation for the trek ahead. With nothing more than sand and...
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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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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
A hub of new development, Marina Island (bridged to Abu Dhabi Island) draws people in to the Marina Mall, fishing, local restaurants, and Marina Eye—a ferris wheel that opened in time for the winter holidays in 2015. Right across the street from...
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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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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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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 - أبو ظبي - 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
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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West Corniche Road - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Some experienced travelers would never consider a hotel a “sight,” but Emirates Palace is a full-blown spectacle. A world onto itself, this luxurious spot opened in 2006 to the tune of roughly $6 billion with every conceivable...
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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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15th Street, Mushrif Area - 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...
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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...