Down Town Abu Dhabi
Catch a taxi to the busy commercial centre which bustles with traditional and modern activity. On the west side is Al Bateen with a shipyard, where the ancient skill of dhow building is still practiced. The port area of Al Meena is home to several traditional souks (markets).
The White Fort or Old Fort is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi. The original structure was built in 1793 and was used as the official residence of city’s rulers.
Al Ghazal Golf Club
Play a round on the 18-hole sand course, Al Ghazal Golf Club, the official venue of the Abu Dhabi World Sand Golf Championships.
The flagship Saadiyat Island offers a host of experiences, among them two golf courses, 29 hotels, three marinas and holiday resorts. The island will also be home to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Yas Island, one of the largest natural islands in Abu Dhabi, is a prestigious world-class leisure destination offering beaches, entertainment, shopping, hotels, a Formula 1 race track and the world’s first ‘Ferrari World’.
Choose between ‘dune-bashing’ (driving up and down sand dunes at high speed in 4X4s - not for the faint-hearted) and the more sedate camel trekking. Most safaris include dinner at a Bedouin campsite, belly dancing, a traditional henna artist and a falconry demonstration. Many operators offer this experience, so be sure to compare prices.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
One of the largest and newest mosques in the world, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque, is as breathtaking as it is large. Take a tour and be dazzled by the Swarovski crystal chandeliers, 24 carat gold and precious stonework, the endless white marble domes and columns and the largest hand-woven Persian carpet in existence.
The Abu Dhabi Corniche
Enjoy the sea view from the Corniche, a coastal promenade with manicured gardens. There are shady trees, play areas, a swimming beach, refreshment outlets and bicycles for rent.
High tea at the Emirates Palace Hotel
With its 60-metre high dome (and a further 113 domes), the seven-star Emirates Palace Hotel is a magnificent landmark. Take in the opulent surroundings over a decadent high tea.
An art developed by the Bedouins for the hunting of small game, falconry is interwoven into the traditions of Abu Dhabi. Experience a falconry display as part of the Falcon World Tour at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.
Qasr Al Sarab
Qasr Al Sarab, a luxury hotel overlooking the surrounding Empty Quarter, one of the largest uninterrupted sand deserts in the world, offers desert activities including wildlife tours, camel rides, archery, falconry and Bedouin style dining.
Take a trip on an authentic Arabic sailing boat while enjoying views of Abu Dhabi from the water. Several companies offer sunset dhow cruises that include traditional food and drink. Ask at your hotel’s concierge desk for a reputable operator.
Seawings, UAE’s aerial sightseeing experience covers all of the Emirates’ sights and wonders from several thousand feet above ground with scenic seaplane tours. Recently launched Abu Dhabi tours - Yas Classique, Dubai Classique and Abu Dhabi Pearl include thrilling water takeoff and landing and provide spectacular views of the capital city from the Seawings seaplane.