Extended transit time?

Things To Do

More than 4 hours

When you have more than four hours to spare at the airport the best thing to do is to get a transit visa and explore Abu Dhabi city and its surroundings.

How do I apply for a transit visa?

Your airline should be able to arrange your transit visa for you prior to your journey. Please check with your airline well ahead of your trip to ensure this is possible. (If not, visit our Immigration & Visas page to find out how you can apply for a visit visa).

Terms & Conditions

  • The transit visa is valid for 14 days, starting from your arrival in the UAE.
  • If you are transiting on the third destination on your trip itinerary, you will need to have proof of a confirmed onward flight (i.e. an air ticket).
  • Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.
  • If you are of European nationality, you are eligible for a 30 day visit visa on arrival.
  • We regret that citizens of the following countries are not eligible for a transit visa on arrival: Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Niger and Yemen.

How can I make the most of my transit time?

Here are a few popular activities that will give you a taste of Abu Dhabi’s cultural, sporting and hospitality offerings.

Activity Time *

Play 9 or 18 Holes of golf at the Al Ghazal Golf Club (sand course)

3 - 5 hours

Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world.

3 hours

Visit to Ferrari World 
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park, located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with over 20 attractions.

Up to 8 hours

Play the Par 3 Course at Yas Links 
Yas Island is a unique environment in so many ways. Home to a rich ecosystem of bird and marine life, these coastal habitats provide a special background to an extraordinary golf course, and a truly world-class golf club.

2.5 hours

Shop at Souk Qaryat Al Beri
'The Souk' is a unique and the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi. It was built to showcase Arabian architecture and reflect traditional Arab hospitality and generosity.

2 - 3 hours

Visit Yas Marina Circuit 
Whether you want an authentic racing experience or just want to go karting with friends, Yas Marina Circuit just gives the genuine Formula 1 feel. The circuit is considered one of the most technologically advanced Formula 1 circuits in the world. It is a training ground and home for motorsports in the Middle East. 2 hours

2 hours


*Including transfers to and from the airport.
Find out about taxis and public transport to and from the airport.