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TOP 10 Things to do in 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. Overview of the best activities, not forgetting the safari in the desert and the beautiful beaches and luxury hotels.

#1: The Great Mosque of Abu Dhabi

It is not the largest, but it is perhaps the most beautiful mosque of this world. If you only have an hour to visit Abu Dhabi, go to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It generously opens its doors to tourists of all faiths.

Sunset on Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, seen from Shangri-La Hotel ©Odyfolio

#2 : Le Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

Just inaugurated, the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is already a must in the city. At the edge of the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, under an immense dome designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, permanent and temporary collections present masterpieces of world art.

#3: The Emirates Palace

Le palais tout droit sorti d'un conte des milles est aussi un hôtel dont certains extérieurs et le hall d'entrée sont ouverts au public. Pour accéder aux jardins et à sa très belle plage, il faudra réserver une chambre.

Main dome of the Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

#4: Yas Island

Yas Island should please everyone: Formula 1 circuit, Ferrari World theme parks and Yas Waterworld, the largest mall in the city Yas Mall, the luxury hotel Viceroy, Yas Links Golf or the trendy Yas Beach.

Central Square of Yas Mall at Yas Island Abu Dhabi ©Odyfolio

#5: Abu Dhabi desert safari

The desert safari excursion is certainly very cliche activity, but essential to your stay in the United Arab Emirates. To have a quality tour at the right price and ensure availability, it is better to book in advance.

#6: Abu Dhabi corniche

The Abu Dhabi Corniche is a pleasant promenade popular with Abu Dhabi residents. It's an opportunity to discover many of Abu Dhabi's iconic sights like the Heritage Village or the fish market.

Water sports in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

#7: The desert of Liwa

If the organized safari did not plainly fulfill your appetite for adventure, rent a car and set off to explore the Liwa desert. Follow our itinerary and discover lost in the desert the unexpected automobile museum, a fabulous hotel surrounded by immaculate dunes (the Qasr al Sarab), the route of the forts of the oasis of Liwa or the highest dune in the country.

Panorama of palm groves and dunes from the roof terrace of the stronghold Al Hamily, oasis of Liwa, United Arab Emirates. ©Odyfolio

#8: Visit of the historical city of Al Ain

Located less than two hours drive from Abu Dhabi (and Dubai), the city of Al Ain is in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Built around a green oasis, it is a bit cooler than on the coast.

Paved street crossing the Oasis of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

#9: The animals of Sir Bani Yas Island

In the Al Gharbia region, on an island off the desert coast, Sir Bani Yas Island is the sanctuary for thousands of animals. Book a night in one of the hotels on the island to enjoy this unique place.

#10: Stroll in a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi develops strongly the tourist sector and many hotels have been built. While waiting the city to be busy with tourists, it is the opportunity to stay in brand new luxury hotels at very low prices (much cheaper than in Dubai anyway).