Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is a well-structured and oil-rich emirate with a blend of culture and innovation. With scenic deserts, stunning shopping malls, monuments, exciting theme parks and peaceful islands the emirate is a tourist’s delight.
So, if you are planning to visit Abu Dhabi but not sure which places to visit then you should continue reading this. I have mentioned some of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi which are the top destinations in 2020.
1) Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ranks with the most iconic architectures in the Gulf. This masterpiece architecture of Macedonian marble features various Islamic architecture worldwide with Ottoman, Fatimid, and Mameluke design elements. Mosaic tiling, glass-work, and elaborate carvings lend to the beauty of the mosque.
Highlights of the mosque are the largest carpet and the third-largest chandelier in the World. All seven chandeliers are imported from Germany and have Swarovski crystals. You may go for Sheikh Zayed Mosque tour directly from Dubai, there are several tour operators available.
The main prayer hall has 96 columns decorated with pearl and marble.
Tourists can avail free guided tours of about 45 minutes by showing up 15 minutes ahead of a scheduled tour.
2) Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi is a spectacular museum for visitors to see the history of artistic achievements of civilization starting from the Neolithic. Various art is on display that includes ancient Egyptian sculptures and renowned paintings of Picasso. The contemporary architecture of the Museum is also a great attraction.
Besides the permanent collection of 12 galleries, visitors can enjoy exhibitions held every year. You can visit the official website of Louvre Museum here https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/
3) Qasr Al-Hosn
The Al-Hosn Fort is the emirate’s oldest building of major historical significance. Made in 1793 for serving as the residence of the ruling family the inside of the Fort has undergone renovation. At present, it is a Museum tracing the history of Abu Dhabi. Visitors can enjoy herbal histories and various historical photographs.
Visitors will also like the courtyard and the outstanding tile work over the northern gate. You can directly book your ticket from official website https://qasralhosn.ae/
4) Yas Island
Yas Island with its several attractions is amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the Emirate. The attractions are the Water world, Marina Circuit, Links, Beach, Ferrari World, and Warner Bros World.
Yas Water world offers non-stop entertainment with its exhilarating slides, rides, and attractions. They include the looping free-fall waterslide and the longest suspended rollercoaster of the Gulf.
The Ferrari World offers a realistic Ferrari experience with rides based on Ferrari themes for kids and the adventurous. Visitors can see various Ferrari models that date back to 1947 and experience the entire Ferrari manufacturing process at the Ferrari factory.
At the Yas Marina, visitors can speed an Aston Martin GT4 and at 200km/hour on an F1 circuit. They can take a course at the Yas Racing School for a racing license. They can run, stroll, and cycle the Grand Prix Track of 5.55 Km at Train Yas.
The Yas Link offers tourists a golfing experience of a lifetime.
At Yas Beach, visitors can relax at the sun lounge while enjoying food and drinks. There are non-motorized water activities that include sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Warner Bros is a centrally AC indoor theme park that celebrates the legendary characters of this Hollywood studio. There are 29 hi-tech rides and interactive family-friendly attractions based on Warner Bros characters like Superman and other cartoon stars. There are Hollywood themed dining options and shopping outlets.
5) Boat Tours
Speed boat tours offer the best sights of the glittering skyscrapers of the emirate. The sights of the high-rises from the marina is spectacular. Among the tours arranged by various operators, the best is the island hopping tours and sunset cruises. If you are in a group or at least 4 members, then, you may consider hiring Dhow Cruise dinner creek to enjoy the ride and see the nearby area.
The first offers beach time and snorkeling on several islands in the bay and the latter offers excellent views of the city illuminated in dark.
6) Mangrove Kayaking Tours
Kayaking down the sublime waters of the eastern mangrove lagoons of Abu Dhabi is a unique experience. The spectacular scenery and various terrestrial and marine life is a breather from the hectic everyday life
An experienced team guides visitors through the mangroves and describe the significance of their existence.
The harbor is well-guarded from severe weather conditions and the peaceful waters make kayaking enjoyable for everyone regardless of their experience.
A unique experience is a night tour of the mangroves after dark.
7) Capital Gate
The Capital Gate is a compelling architecture at 160 meters and inclined of 18 degrees westward. Watching this structure from the ground is a unique experience. The building has more than a 5-star hotel and a business center. Visitors can enjoy ample facilities that include a tea lounge, swimming pool, and more.
More information about the Capital gate can be found here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_Gate
8) Saadiyat Public Beach
This beach on Saadiyat Island is ideal for relaxing. Visitors can relax on sun loungers beneath umbrellas and enjoy the natural sound of the sea. They can take a stroll down the shore side.
9) A Big Bus Tour of the Emirate
Visitors can enjoy the leading attractions of the emirate on a hop-off and hop-on Big Bus Tour. The tour allows for convenient and economical sightseeing of the emirate covering several attractions that include Ferrari World and more.
10) Observation Deck of the Etihad Tower Complex
The Observation Deck on level 74 of Tower 2 of Etihad Tower Complex at 300 meters offers excellent sights of the city. Visitors enjoy a bird-eye view of the sparkly Abu Dhabi vista and the encompassing islands.
Visitors who pay an entry fee can enjoy snacks, soft drinks, and high-tea at the observation deck restaurant.
11 )Desert Safari
The gorgeous Liwa Oasis on the border of the Empty Quarter desert to the south of the emirate is a grand attraction. This desert houses the greatest dunes worldwide. Visitors will enjoy sandboarding, camel trekking, dune buggy riding, or witnessing the star-strewn sky at dark from a desert camp. The trips arranged for the Liwa Oasis include halts for visiting a camel farm.
12) Emirates Park Zoo
This place makes for an enjoyable day out for families with kids. The wildlife park is the home to various animals that include the rare white tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and the Siberian bear.
The zoo has a primate section with a variety of monkeys and the flamingo park having a sea lion enclosure. Kids will like feeding domestic animals at the petting zoo.
13) Heritage Village
The Heritage Village is a precise replica of the usual Bedouin village. Visitors will know how Emirati life was ahead of the oil boom. Commonplace objects are on display and there’re workshops where craftspeople perform weaving skills and Emirati metalwork. Displays throw light on local agriculture and pearl diving trade. Although this place is closed now, you may go and check it from outside.
14) Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Visitors can go on a guided tour of this functional Vet hospital that takes care of unwell and injured falcons. Visitors can get close to these birds of prey inside wards and know the history of falconry in the on-site museum. The adventurous can hold a falcon or feed him based on what the vets are doing during their visit.
15) Sir Bani Yas Island
This short break from the emirate is a wildlife reserve with Arabian wildlife that includes gazelles and the rare Arabian Oryx. Other animals include leopards and giraffes. The animals roam freeing the massive reserve.
Visitors can opt from walking and 4×4 safaris and horse-riding excursions for viewing wildlife of the reserve.
There are so many more places to see and things to do for tourists to Abu Dhabi. There is Zaya Nurai Island, Jebel Hafeet, Masdar city, a Seaplane Flight, dining at top restaurants like Li Beirut, and more.