Visit of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
Updated on 28.04.2018
What to do in Abu Dhabi? For a few hours, a few days or more, there is much to see in this developing city that attracts more and more tourists from around the world.
It is a mosque output of a fairy tale of One Thousand and One Nights, a dream born in the heart of a sheikh visionary, inspired by a verse in the Koran advocating tolerance, love and the meeting between cultures - today it is the landmark monument of Abu Dhabi.
Which hotel to choose on Yas Island Abu Dhabi? What are the best hotels in Yas Island? On the island that hosts the Formula 1 circuit, theme parks, a golf course and Yas Mall, the largest shopping center in the city, there is a limited supply of hotels.
The corniche of Abu Dhabi recently renovated is a very popular place of promenade - in the darkness of the night, when the temperatures become more fresh, families walk alongside cyclists and joggers - from the port of Abu Dhabi up to The Emirates Palace, we propose you a green itinerary that runs along the turquoise waters and allows to discover the main attractions of the city center.
There are all kinds of beaches in Abu Dhabi, each with its public: the most well known are those of The corniche - the most beautiful are on Saadiyat Island - the smallest on Yas Island, along the mangrove - the most confidential at the the Emirates Palace.
The Souk Qaryat al Beri and the Shangri-La Hotel are the inescapable spots of the nightlife in Abu Dhabi: a sumptuous decor, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, a channel with electric boats as in Venice, with in the background the majestic Sheikh Zayed mosque, separated by an a sea channel.
Abu Dhabi is the discreet capital of the United Arab Emirates, which for more than a decade has been developing very high quality tourist infrastructures: the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Emirates Palace, Formula 1 circuit of Yas Island, luxury hotels on the ledge, University of the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi on Reem Island, the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.
The heritage village could be the starting point of your stay in Abu Dhabi: it is one of the rare places reflecting a previous life before the era of oil, recalling that before to be a luxurious and modern town, Abu Dhabi was only a small village of fishermen where life was difficult.
After decades of slow development, the city of Abu Dhabi is today well decided to make its place in the top world cities. How? Thanks to its sublime mosque, dozens of international hotels and luxury commercial centers.
Map of Abu Dhabi with the main tourist attractions ©OpenStreetMap contributors
In 2030 Abu Dhabi will be cultural, ecological and leisure-oriented. Already Yas Island hosts the Formula 1 circuit, amusement parks and a giant mall. Museums including The Louvre Abu Dhabi will open soon on Saadiyat Island. At the end of the corniche, the Emirates Palace and the new presidential palace seem to come out of a tale of Arabian Nights. At the edge of the beach, elegant glass towers are reflected in the turquoise waters where expats and tourists bathe. Fortunately The Heritage Village is here to remind visitors that half a century ago Abu Dhabi was just a small fishing port.
Abu Dhabi may designate the city or emirate. The structure of this website is built around a geographical division (not administrative). Thus the Abu Dhabi section refers to the attractions of the city of Abu Dhabi, and the areas of Al Ain and Al Gharbia, administratively attached to the emirate of Abu Dhabi, are the subject of separate sections.
The visit of the great mosque and the Emirates Palace are not to be missed. Also enjoy your stay with Abu Dhabi beaches, the shopping in the malls and beautiful resorts. That's more than enough to get busy for few several days.
For hotels, there is a rich offer of 5 stars and 4 stars, mostly brand new and at very reasonable prices. Check out our best hotels guide before booking your hotel in Abu Dhabi to get our opinion, take advantage of our recommendations and tips.