Visit Abu Dhabi

For those who are looking to explore outside of Dubai, the neighboring Emirate of Abu Dhabi offers an extensive choice of activities for visitors of all ages.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The world's third largest mosque is by far the most stunning and features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world's largest chandeliers - 10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing 12 tonnes. Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only.

Location:Al Maqtaa Abu Dhabi
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours: 
Saturday to Thursday9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Telephone: +971 2 419 1919

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

The museum is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula, representing art and civilisation throughout its galleries. Artworks from around the world are showcased at the museum, with particular focus placed upon bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art.

Location:Saadiyat Island Cultural District, Abu Dhabi
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours:Daily 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Telephone: +971 600 56 55 66

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Ferrari World

It is fast and furious fun for all ages - the world's first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. Ride the 'Formula Rossa', the world's fastest roller coaster reaching speeds of 240 km/h. Galleria Ferrari is the world's largest Ferrari gallery outside Maranello with an interactive display of cars from 1947 through to the present; Speed of Magic is a fantastic 4-D adventure through deep green jungles, icy caves and ravines and to the mouth of a fiery volcano. Minimum height to get on the Formula Rossa is 140 cm.

Location:Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours:Daily 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Telephone: +971 2 496 8000

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Kayaking in Eastern or Yas Mangroves

Tours are 1.5 to 2 hours of guided paddling (you paddle yourself) deep into the heart of the mangroves. Kayak through channels, over the shallows and at high tide, under the full canopy of the mangroves. The Mangrove tour is suitable for beginners to experienced paddlers.

Location:Eastern Ring Road or Yas Beach
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours:Daily

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Manarat Al Saadiyat, the visitor center, translates from Arabic as a place that provides enlightenment. Enjoy the interactive narrative on the history and cultural vision behind the Abu Dhabi island. The venue boasts a series of art exhibitions and educational programs.

Location:Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours:Daily 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Telephone: +971 2 406 1400

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Yas Island Marina Circuit

Thrill seekers, put your foot down and feel like a champion at Yas Marina Circuit. Take the famous Formula Yas 3000's for a spin, learn drifting, drag racing and have your kids' take their first driving lessons. Take a tour behind the scenes of one of the world's most technologically advanced motorsports circuits. The Yas Venue Tour is a must-do for those who want to see first-hand how much effort goes into running this large, multifaceted facility.

Location:Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours:Daily 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Telephone: +971 2 659 9800

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Yas Waterworld

For a full day experience, this futuristic Yas Island waterpark spans an area of around 15 football pitches, with 43 rides, slides and attractions, including five that are unique. Try the 238-metre hydro-magnetic powered, six-person tornado waterslide. The Bandit Bomber, a 550 meter coaster, is the first with on-board water and laser effects. Riders can shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects, while people below can spray them with water as they pass. Kids are going to love the tamer yet unique 'Slither Slides'.

Location:Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours: 
Winter MonthsDaily 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Summer MonthsDaily 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Telephone: +971 2 414 2000

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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the world's largest and most advanced, features a falcon display museum as well as a facility with free-flying falcons. Visit the luxurious wards where the birds are kept, explore the museum; which gives an insight into the noble desert sport of falconry, or try your hand at the pursuit in the lush gardens. Guided tours of this award-winning specialist hospital are available. It is located close to the Abu Dhabi International Airport and tours run Sunday to Thursday, twice a day except weekends and public holidays. All tours have to be booked in advance.

Location:Sweihan, Abu Dhabi
Driving Time:1.5 hours
Opening Hours: 
Sunday to Thursday10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Telephone: +971 2 575 5155

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Fish Market

Every morning dhows from around the region bring their fresh catches to the Mina Fish Market in Abu Dhabi and fishermen prepare for a day of haggling. Experience a fascinating insight into the way traditional business is done. At the market you will find countless stalls selling all kinds of sea creatures including Shrimp, Prawns, Crabs, Clams, Tuna, Hammour, and local species. Plan on eating or purchasing fish early in the day, before noon.

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