Abu Dhabi

In the capital of the UAE, the hospitality is as warm as the climate

A wealth of history

Abu Dhabi welcomes visitors to luxuriate in the finest things: beaches to relax in during year-round sunshine, world-class dining with options for global and local cuisine, adventure in the desert and the water, and rich history met with contemporary amenities.

What are you waiting for? Yalla! 

UAE Abu Dhabi

Art & culture

Architecture is the most ubiquitous manifestation of the beautiful Emirati aesthetic. Most striking are the maze-like patterns, intricate and mesmerising, that cover the facade of so many of the country’s buildings. Even the buildings with smooth exteriors stand in overwhelming beauty, as their sheer size or ornamentation make them majestic. All over Abu Dhabi, galleries and museums bring visitors indoors to see the art. From the Louvre Abu Dhabi to the new-and-cool Warehouse 421, visitors can see classic artworks from around the world next to local artists with emerging followings in the Middle East.

VIEW: Join Kylie on her tour of The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. Made of the purist marble on earth, the mosque can accommodate more than 50,000 worshippers.

Beaches

Abu Dhabi is comprised of islands, so it’s not surprising that the water has a culture of its own. Adventurous tourists can head to the many marinas and choose their mode of transport: stand up paddle board, kayak, racing yachts… if you can imagine it, you’ll find it on the water in Abu Dhabi! Meanwhile, visitors looking to relax and luxuriate can find seclusion and serenity in the sun at the hotels’ private beaches. Picture-perfect white sand and blue waters are complemented by the premier hotel and resorts’ beachside restaurants and bars. Not only are the beaches divine during the day, but they make the perfect destination for watching a desert sunset. 

VIEW: Kylie finds a private oasis at Saadiyat Beach Club in Abu Dhabi, experiencing A-list service. Sheik Chic!

Shopping

With over 400 shops, a 20-screen cinema, and Fun Works, a family entertainment venue, Yas Mall is the largest shopping destination in Abu Dhabi. The Marina Mall is found in the city’s Corniche, giving visitors a fabulous reason to head indoors after a warming walk or bike ride along the esplanade. This mall has everything from designer shops to a trampoline park to family dining options to a 15,000-year-old woolly mammoth skeleton! For the perfect balance between old and new, The Mall at The World Trade Centre features upmarket stores and The Souk. Here, you’ll get the feel of Arabian heritage, with interconnected alleyways filled with aromatic spices and incense, handmade crafts and garments, and vendors haggling and hawking.

VIEW: Kylie goes shopping for bling on The Morning Show's trip to Abu Dhabi.

 

Theme parks

Any need for speed can be satisfied at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Car aficionados will enjoy digging deep into what makes a Ferrari really purr, but the truly daring will find their biggest thrills on the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Or take to the racing track by foot, bike, or car at the Yas Marina Circuit. Visitors who enjoy a more typical theme park experience can’t miss Warner Bros. World™️ Abu Dhabi. Take on the 29 rides or watch a live entertainment show inspired by your favourite DC Super Heroes and Warner Bros. Animation characters. And if all you want is to beat the heat, do it in style at Yas Waterworld. Wind every which way in the cooling comfort of water. 

VIEW: Feel the thrills at Ferrari World as Kylie goes from 0 to 240km per hour in 4.9 seconds on the Formula Rossa.

About Abu Dhabi

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language

    Arabic, English

    Currency

    United Arab Emirate dirham (AED or Dhs)

    Visa Requirements

    CIBTvisas

  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - over an area of 555,000 square metres, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the world. It features 82 white domes, marble flower inlays, and four main minarets that soar 106 metres high.

    • Qasr Al Hosn - one of the few historical buildings that remains, this fort was built in 1761 as a watchtower for what was Abu Dhabi’s only well.

    • Emirates Palace - you haven’t seen opulence until you’ve seen the Emirates Palace! This hotel is open to the public for dining and tours.

       

  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Abu Dhabi Falcon hospital - the largest, most advanced falcon hospital doubles as a world-class falcon display museum with free-flying falcons all around. Here, visitors can learn about the traditional Emirati sport of Falconry that has been practised for over 2,000 years. 

    • Corniche Beach - sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf and the Abu Dhabi skyline surround this 8-kilometres stretch of manicured esplanade. The public beach includes sections specifically for singles or groups and families and children. Enjoy the entire stretch with a scenic bike ride or walk on the pedestrian path.

    • Evening desert safari - zoom through the dunes as the sun sets in its nightly technicolour display. Then spend the evening getting traditional henna, riding a camel, and dining by moonlight. 

  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Abu Dhabi Festival - March

    • Eid Al Fitr - June

    • Arafat Day - 10 August

    • Islamic New Year - 1 September

    • Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - 28 November - 1 December

    • UAE National Day - 2-3 December

       

  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Dive for Pearls - celebrate the country’s pearling history by diving for pearls yourself in the gorgeous Arabian Gulf. 

    • Eat in Saadiyat Island - known as the cultural island, Saadiyat Island has eateries from dawn’s best coffee to dusk’s sunset cocktail at one of the many luxury hotels.  

    • The Empty Quarter - the Rub Al Khali, or Empty Quarter, is the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass. One of the world’s tallest sand dunes, Tel Moreeb, is found here in its glory: 300 metres in height, 50-degree incline. Visitors with a penchant for adrenaline come here to take the dune by motorsport.