Abu Dhabi highlights

As one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world, Abu Dhabi is perhaps best-known for offering pristine white beaches and year-round sunshine. 

However, while its glowing reputation for seaside holidays is well-deserved, the UAE capital has various other attractions to keep its visitors entertained, from world-class shopping malls, restaurants and amusement parks to cultural landmarks, sporting activities and music concerts.

This guide has been created by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, to highlight a selection of our favourite spots in Abu Dhabi, helping you to plan an unforgettable visit to the emirate.

Culture and Heritage

Culture and Heritage
Delve into the world of Arabian culture and heritage with the various museums, galleries, souks and heritage villages in Abu Dhabi. 

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Family Entertainment

Family Entertainment
Essential attractions to keep the family entertained in Abu Dhabi, from the pulse-racing Ferrari World to the scenic Al Ain Paradise Garden.

Discover more on Family Entertainment in Abu Dhabi.

Sporting Activities

Sporting Activities
With world-class facilities for horse racing, motor sport, golf and even ten-pin bowling in Abu Dhabi, the opportunities are endless.

Top 10 sporting activities.

Famous Landmarks

Famous Landmarks

Explore world-famous landmarks in Abu Dhabi, from the lavish Emirates Palace to the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Read more

Shopping Guide

Shopping Guide

Immerse yourself in some retail therapy with Abu Dhabi’s world-class shopping destinations, from traditional markets to ultra-modern malls. Read more

Hotels and Resorts

Hotels and Resorts

Some of the world’s most unique and stunning hotels are located in the UAE capital, combining Arabian hospitality with international luxury. Read more

Essential Abu Dhabi

Essential Abu Dhabi

Whether you’re travelling to the UAE for a quick stopover, a business trip or an extended holiday, the perfect adventure is waiting. What’s more, with our popular ‘Essential Abu Dhabi’ destination marketing campaign, passengers of Etihad Airways have exclusive access to range of amazing deals in the UAE capital.

Under the campaign, which was launched in 2011, leading players from the travel and tourism industry have been brought together under one showcase umbrella to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a leading international holiday and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) destination.

Are you looking for discounted rates on a luxurious hotel stay, spa package or desert safari? Want a promotional offer on visits to top restaurants, beach clubs, adventure parks or shopping malls? How about paying less at bowling centres, golf courses, ice skating rinks and gyms? Whatever your preference, Essential Abu Dhabi has it covered!

Passengers of Etihad Airways, or our partners Virgin Australia and airberlin, have instant access to Essential Abu Dhabi. To take advantage of the special offers, present your boarding pass to participating outlets within seven days of arriving in the emirate… it’s that simple, plus there’s no limit to the number of times your boarding pass can be used for the promotions.

Don’t miss out – visit our Essential Abu Dhabi website today for more information on the exclusive deals available to you.

Hala Abu Dhabi

Hala Abu Dhabi

Hala Abu Dhabi, the destination management company of Etihad Airways, offers customised travel solutions to visitors of the United Arab Emirates. Whether you’re planning a short break, an extended holiday or a business trip, Hala Abu Dhabi’s dedicated team of experts will cater to your specific requirements, from start to finish.

With a service portfolio that includes group flight bookings and visa processing, Hala Abu Dhabi can ensure a stress-free arrival to the UAE. Even after touching-down, we can guide you through immigration and baggage claims with a friendly airport ‘meet and greet’ service, while also finalising accommodation, transport and all-inclusive packages to keep you entertained. Depending on your preference, the package could include amazing desert safaris, tours of landmark attractions in Abu Dhabi and neighbouring emirates, romantic dhow cruises, and tickets to world-class music concerts and sporting events (such as the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship).

Alternatively, if you’re visiting Abu Dhabi on a business trip, we can handle all meeting, conference and corporate travel requirements, including event planning and fulfilment services, allowing you to leave the hassle behind and get straight down to business.

Our travel specialists at Hala Abu Dhabi are destination experts in the UAE, specialising in the capital of Abu Dhabi, with invaluable knowledge of Emirati culture, traditions and must-see attractions, so you’re in safe hands. Visit our website for more information.