Ten of Must See Places in Abu Dhabi you Should Never Miss
When you think of UAE, Dubai is the first name that pops up. However, giving tough competition to Dubai is Abu Dhabi, which has now become a must-visit destination for everyone. Abu Dhabi is developing like Dubai because the capital of UAE is always coming up with new ideas and new projects every year that push the boundaries of innovation and force travelers to come and witness them. Here are 10 of the must see places in Abu Dhabi that should not be missed.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
Abu Dhabi’s waterfront Corniche offers everyone an opportunity to walk, jog or cycle, and is one of Abu Dhabi’s must-see attractions. Consisting of a walkway and green space, here you can enjoy a picnic with your family. Here there many restaurants, cafes and eateries offering delicious Arabic food, coffee from turkey and other international foods. And then there’s a beach which makes this place an ideal spot if you’re looking to just spend your day relaxing, watching the sunset.
Gold and Carpet Souks
It doesn’t mean that one has to be a shopaholic, but Gold and Carpet Souks is one of Abu Dhabi’s must-see. If you have a taste for gold and jewelry then head over to the Madinat Zayed Gold Souk. For Persian carpets, visit the Iranian Souk and Al Meena Souk which offers a wide variety of choice. The best part about them is that here you can bargain for these items at a reasonable rate.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the most iconic mosque attracting many travelers, It has become one of the must-see places in Abu Dhabi. The domes of the mosque are all designed in marbles and it is the largest mosque in UAE, serving around 50,000 worshippers. The entrance to the mosque is free which allows all travelers to witness and admire the architecture from the inside and outside.
Ferrari World (Yas Island)
Ferrari World is a place for all. For adrenaline junkies, there’s Formula Rossa, the fastest rollercoaster in the world, reaching a record speed from 0-240 in less than 6 seconds. Along with this ride, there are 2 more rollercoaster rides which serve up fun for all. If you love karting, then one can hop on Ferrari F1 cars and then head over to the Yas Marina Circuit (Baby Circuit) to improve your skills on driving. If you’ve got little ones along with you, they will definitely not want to go back to the hotel. Get ready for tantrums.
Yas Marina Circuit & Yaser World and Beach (Yas Island)
Yas Marina Circuit is home to Formula 1 Racing in Abu Dhabi. Here, you’ll get a chance to witness the track, short bus-tour along with access to the F1 pit garage, North Grandstand, engineers’ room and more. If the race is in town, be sure to get yourself some tickets as well.
If you don’t mind spending extra from your pocket then the Emirates Palace is one of the must visit places in Abu Dhabi for you. The Emirates Palace is the perfect blend of royalty. There is dome-shaped architecture made up of gold. There’s also an ATM machine dispensing gold. You don’t need to be a guest here or have the money. You can simply come here for a visit and sip on a cup of tea or coffee at the café lounge.
A perfect one-day trip to the Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi is a must for all. It was the British who first discovered oil 50 years ago in this desert-covered country. Post that everything changed and the locals built everything from scratch into this amazing place. Here, you’ll be fascinated to learn about the early lifestyle, culture, history, and traditions of UAE before it became rich. You’ll also get to learn about how the locals used to herd camels along with the use of natural resources for their survival.
Not so far away from Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is the perfect place for luxurious retreat. On the island, there are a couple of 5-star hotels like Saadiyat Beach Club and Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi which offer cocktails with serene views of the beach and its atmosphere. There’s also a public beach to enjoy the weather and take a dive into the water. There’s also the Zayed National Museum near the island where one can learn the history and culture of Abu Dhabi and U.A.E.
Desert Safari along with Dune Bashing and Belly Dancing
No visit to Abu Dhabi is ever completed without a visit to the Desert Safari with Dune Bashing. It is one of Abu Dhabi’s must-see attractions that offer best activities to do in Abu Dhabi. These include sand boarding, 4×4 motorbike riding, camel riding, desert camping, henna tattoo and belly dancing show. Also, Dune Bashing is a thrilling adventure for most adrenaline junkies. The safari also has food items such as local sweets and dates, barbequed food and many more.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Falcon is the national bird of UAE and plays a massive role in its history. Opened to the public, the hospital takes care of the Falcons and allows visitors to know information on why these beautiful birds are important to the locals, and even interact with them. The Falcons are treated if they are injured by the professional caretakers.
There are plenty of must visit places in Abu Dhabi and you’ll need plenty of time. Abu Dhabi is no less popular compared to Dubai and is attracting many tourists from across the world. The places mentioned above are some of the best and requires a must-visit during your time in Abu Dhabi.