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Sheikh Zayed
Grand Mosque

A spectacular landmark that gleams on the skyline with its delightful domes and magnificent minarets. Take a tour to see the incredible interior.

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This world class museum celebrates humanity’s creative history in a dozen fascinating galleries. It’s set in a striking building topped by a beautiful ‘floating’ dome.

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Masdar City

Check out this ‘green print’ of technology and innovation that will impact the way in which we all live and work in the future.

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Qasr Al Watan

The majestic ‘palace of the nation’ has hosted world leaders and helps you explore the past, present and future of the UAE.

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City Tours

Head on a bus tour of Abu Dhabi to ensure you see all of the great attractions the UAE capital has to offer.

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Desert Safari

Take a trip out into the vast golden sands of the desert where dune bashing, sandboarding, camel rides, dance shows and barbecues await. 

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Qasr Al Hosn

Originally built as a watchtower, Abu Dhabi’s oldest stone building tells a rich story through artefacts and pictures of the UAE capital’s past.

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Heritage Village

Embrace Abu Dhabi’s cultural traditions with a reconstructed souk, mosque and camp – as well as public workshops – that transport you back to the pre-modern UAE.

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in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a rich range of attractions just waiting to fill up your camera feed. Make sure you explore as many art and culture hotspots as possible.

Landmarks in Abu Dhabi

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Sheikh Zayed
Grand Mosque

This iconic landmark dominates the skyline by day and night, with its striking white domes. Head inside to see the world’s largest carpet and incredible crystal chandeliers.

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Capital Gate

Known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, Capital Gate is a striking skyscraper with an unusual incline. It’s also home to art exhibitions and a wellness centre.

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Corniche Road

Take a sunset stroll along this popular beachfront boardwalk to soak up some of the best views of the Arabian Gulf. 

Dining and nightlife in Abu Dhabi

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Desert Safari

Head out on an adventure through the desert sands beyond the city. Dance shows, wildlife and dune bashing await – followed by a traditional barbecue under the stars.

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Yas Beach

Kick back and relax on the soft white sands of this popular beach. Set amid mangroves and beautiful waters, you can hire a private chalet and enjoy the myriad of waterfront restaurants.

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Umm Al Emarat Park

Catch an outdoor movie at the amphitheatre, visit the animal barn and take a stroll through the botanic garden.

Shopping in Abu Dhabi

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Yas Mall

Browse a broad range of international favourites, from Hollister to Lacoste. There’s also an IMAX cinema and access to the incredible CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi.

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Marina Mall

Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior are among the designer names in the 400-plus stores here. Shop for everything from fashion to jewellery, cosmetics and art. There’s even a Mercedes-Benz showroom.

Nature attractions in Abu Dhabi

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Saadiyat Public Beach

This unspoilt stretch of beach offers a nesting ground to hawksbill turtles. It’s also a great spot for relaxation, from beach yoga to eco-friendly water sport activities.

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Al Ain Oasis

Date palms and fruit trees provide shade and an attractive backdrop to this lush, laid-back oasis. Visit the educational Eco-Centre to discover its story – and how it’s being preserved.

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National Park

Take to the waters in a kayak, grab your binoculars for a spot of birdwatching and get your camera ready to snap marine mammals.

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