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Abu Dhabi ticks all the right boxes for a great holiday - pristine white beaches, year-round sunshine and the fusion of old and new.

While the traditional design of mosques, palaces and forts are testament to Abu Dhabi’s culture and heritage, the contemporary look of modern skyscrapers, amusement parks and shopping malls are reflective of the emirate’s status as a fast-growing international city. 

Although its glowing reputation for seaside holidays is well-deserved, the UAE capital has various other attractions to keep its visitors entertained. Here are a few of our favourite spots to help you plan an unforgettable visit to our capital city, where great holiday snaps are guaranteed!

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Culture & heritage

Learn about the city's history

Despite the rapid transformation of Abu Dhabi into a world-class metropolis, our ancient monuments and agricultural masterpieces stand to preserve our rich history.

  • Religious sites 
  • Ancient forts and archeological parks
  • Local museums

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    This majestic center of worship is home to the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and one of the largest chandeliers.

  • Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

    Step back in time and experience the past in a reconstruction of Abu Dhabi’s traditional oasis village.
  • Al Ain Palace Museum

    Al Ain Palace Museum

    Enter the doors of the dwelling place of the founder of the UAE and relive everyday life inside a ruler’s fort.
  • Al Maqtaa Fort

    A 200 year old fort to protect the area from invading bandits now stands side by side the modern splendor of Al Maqtaa Bridge. 
  • Al Hili Archaeological Park

    Journey into the Bronze Age and discover remains - from mudbrick houses to tombs - following more than 50 years of excavation work.
  • Sheikh Zayed Centre

    Celebrate the extraordinary life of the well-loved Father of the Nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
  • Al Jahili Fort

    Al Jahili Fort

    One of the largest and most impressive forts in the country, it serves both as a defense stronghold and a royal summer residence.
  • Al Ain Heritage and Culture Village

    Al Ain Heritage and Culture Village

    This heritage-style theme park invites you inside the richness of Emirati culture, traditions and lifestyle, all in one place.
  • Khalifa Park Maritime Museum

    Khalifa Park Maritime Museum

    Embark on a fun-filled Time Tunnel educational ride and learn about the country’s interesting history in 20-minutes.

Family entertainment

Experience fun together

Abu Dhabi is packed with fun-filled attractions for all ages, making it the perfect destination for family holidays.

  • World-class amusement parks
  • Animal and zoos
  • Beaches

  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

    The world’s largest indoor and first Ferrari themed park offers thrilling rides including the fastest rollercoaster on earth.
  • Yas Island

    Yas Island

    Home to some of the UAE's most exciting attractions, racing events, concerts and luxury hotels.
  • Abu Dhabi Corniche

    Abu Dhabi Corniche

    A long stretch of lifeguarded beach park complete with dining, leisure and sports facilities.
  • Al Ain Zoo

    Al Ain Zoo

    Tour the wildlife areas on foot or onboard a special train and interact with your favorite animals.
  • Hili Fun City

    Hili Fun City

    Treat your whole family with unlimited access to rides and attractions in a theme park made of beautiful landscapes.
  • Al Ain Paradise Garden

    Al Ain Paradise Garden

    Take a break from the cityscapes and walk through a garden of 2,968 hanging baskets and approximately 10 million flowers.
  • Wadi Adventure

    Wadi Adventure

    Splash around the UAE’s first man-made watersport facility in the foothills of an area known for its natural caves and hot springs.
  • Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

    Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

    Visit the world’s largest falcon hospital that developed into a leading tourist attraction.
  • Emirates National Auto Museum

    Emirates National Auto Museum

    View H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s jaw-dropping collection of vehicles.

Sporting facilities

Indoor and outdoor activities

Tourists are flocking to Abu Dhabi from across the world to experience our impressive and state-of-the-art sporting facilities.

  • Year-round tournaments
  • World-famous races
  • Sports festivals and competitions

  • Yas Marina Circuit

    Yas Marina Circuit

    A ground-breaking combination of style and function, it is home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
  • Al Forsan

    Al Forsan

    The resort offers equestrian training, adrenaline-packed sports and various activities for adults and children.
  • Zayed Sports City

    Zayed Sports City

    Marketed as the best multi-sports destination in the UAE, it has a stadium which boasts a maximum seating capacity of 43,000.
  • Abu Dhabi Golf Club

    Abu Dhabi Golf Club

    Recognized as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, it is open to everyone, from beginners to experts.
  • Al Wathba Camel Race Track

    Al Wathba Camel Race Track

    Watch camels thunder across the race track and experience the much-love camel racing tradition of the UAE.
  • Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club

    Initially launched as a riding centre, it has since developed into the ultimate destination for horse racing in the capital.
  • Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

    Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

    The Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront course offers breath-taking views of Saadiyat Island’s white beaches.
  • Al Ain Equestrian Club

    Al Ain Equestrian Club

    With a focus on various sports, there’s plenty to keep you entertained – shooting facilities, horse riding, golf, rugby and more.
  • Yas Links

    Yas Links

    Set against dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf, this course will test professionals, enthrall amateurs and excite beginners.

Shopping Destinations

Shop your heart out

From traditional markets to ultra-modern malls, the shopping capital offers destinations for you to splurge or happily walk away with a bargain.

  • Modern and high-street malls
  • Traditional Arabian souks
  • Local handicrafts and international brands

  • Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre & Gold Souk

    Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre & Gold Souk

    If you are searching for jewellery, this is one of the region’s biggest collections of gold, diamond and pearl. 
  • Abu Dhabi Mall

    Abu Dhabi Mall

    Packed with different outlets from around the world, it has been welcoming shopaholics for over ten years now.
  • Marina Mall

    Marina Mall

    Shaped like a traditional Bedouin tent and features a revolving restaurant, it is one of the biggest shopping centres in Abu Dhabi. 
  • Souk Qaryat Al Beri

    Souk Qaryat Al Beri

    This traditionally-designed souk is the perfect showcase of Arabian architecture, culture and hospitality.
  • Khalidiyah Mall

    Khalidiyah Mall

    The mall, which features an Arabian style of architecture, offers shoppers a generous retail mix to explore from.
  • Bawadi Mall

    Bawadi Mall

    The largest shopping centre in Al Ain is famous for its Family Entertainment Centre.
  • Al Wahda Mall

    Al Wahda Mall

    This popular hangout offers a light and spacious environment with its distinct wind tunnel architecture.
  • Central Market

    Central Market

    With a fusion of classic architecture and modern design, it is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Arabian market.
  • Etihad Holidays retail shops

    Our retail shops are located in major malls in the UAE for you to book flights and more.
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Abu Dhabi Luxury Hotels

An exquisite getaway for you

Combining the best of Arabian hospitality with world-class luxury, your choice of an eventful stay in the capital awaits you.

  • Deluxe city accommodation
  • Stunning beachside resorts
  • Secluded hideaways in the desert

  • Emirates Palace

    Emirates Palace

    The lavish hotel features luxury rooms and suites, furnished in gold and marble, embraced by the sea and landscaped gardens.
  • Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

    Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

    Escape from the city and relax in the heart of one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world.
  • The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

    The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

    One of Abu Dhabi’s most scenic and stylish resort, found on a white beach and framed by a world-class golf club.
  • Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

    Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

    A five-star hotel that illuminates the skies with its impressive canopy of 5000 LED panels to create a kaleidoscope of colours.
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

    Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

    Hailed for its eye-catching architecture, its splendid golden-white exterior is perfectly complemented by the Arabic-style interior. 
  • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

    Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

    Traditional Arabic hospitality in a contemporary setting with stunning views of the Grand Mosque and Abu Dhabi creek.
  • Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

    Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

    A deluxe hotel located inside the iconic Capital Gate building, the world’s furthest-leaning man-made building.
  • Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

    Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

     On an Island known for its natural beauty, sits this five-star escape with views of the Arabian Gulf’s shimmering waters.
  • Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

    Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

    Rising majestically from its beachside setting, its dramatic design and observation deck set a new standard for luxury hotels.
  • Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

    Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

    Elite guestrooms, suites, and residential-style villas are set amidst gardens and a private beach, overlooking the Grand Canal.

Sougha – Handmade Handicraft

In partnership with Etihad Airways, Sougha was launched by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development to preserve the ancient and much-cherished tradition of Emirati handicraft.

These exquisite hand-woven handbags, purses, pouches, bracelets, key chains and pillows are the perfect Sougha – which means a traveller’s gift or souvenir. 

Each of the unique products is skillfully handmade by dedicated craftswomen in the region using techniques perfected over the generations. Connect with the Emirati heritage and bring home a piece of tradition spun over the centuries.

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