15 Best Places to See & Things to Do in Abu Dhabi | Dubai Holiday Tour

What to See and Do While in the Charismatic Abu Dhabi City?

 Last Updated: 21 Nov, 2018 By

A glamorous and glitzy city – Abu Dhabi, the capital and eminent tourism place of UAE, for which, every traveller yearns to visit once in his/her lifetime. The place is impeccably blended in traditional culture and modernization which makes it one of the richest urban cities on the planet. Home to a portion of top tourist attractions of UAE alongside skyscrapping constructions and action-packed activities to do, the city of Abu Dhabi is an ideal place to spend family holidays. The blog here proffers a rundown of best things to do and some best places to visit in Abu Dhabi. Keep reading this complete travel guide to know more:

Places to Visit

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Witness the Largest Mosque in UAE

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Even if you are not so religious person, a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Museum or Grand Mosque will leave you astounded. Reckoned to be the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and eighth in the world, Grand Mosque is resting place of UAE’s first president, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This enticing landmark is a great exemplar of ‘Unity in Diversity’ as it allows non-muslims to explore all areas of it. With a capacity of 40,000 worshippers to accommodate, the mosque displays a blend of marble stones, ceramics, crystals, semi-precious stones, and gold. And the architecture of this marvelous masterpiece is influenced by Alexandrian, Mughal, and Persian mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi in Egypt and Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.

Emirates Park Zoo: Where Your Children Can Have the Best Time

Emirates Park Zoo

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If you’ve not yet added any attraction for kids in your list of must visit places in Abu Dhabi, then consider Emirates Park Zoo as your perfect stopover to give your child a dream holiday in Abu Dhabi. Its fascinating diversity offers affluent flora and fauna, fun rides and children’s play area, fountains and landscaped gardens, as well as contemporary food courts and resort. With cutting-edge technology that changed the way of exploring wildlife, the place is home to more than 1700 animals including white Tigers, Siberian Bear, Cheetahs, Zebras, and many more. This pulchritudinous park is crammed with some advanced features and facilities keeping the wild animals comfort into consideration. Misting system is one those features which keep the temperature of the animals cool in the sizzling summer months. Enjoy the complete zoo view from Emirates Park Resort which is connected with the park. Rooms at this resort are fully air-conditioned with attached balconies facing the zoo.

Capital Gate: The Pride of Abu Dhabi City

Capital Gate

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Millions of tourists visit Abu Dhabi every year just to treat their eyes with Capital Gate, which is also esteemed as ‘Leaning Tower’. The compelling architecture of this 35-story building, with a height of 160 m and inclination of 18 degrees towards west, is one of the major reasons to visit this place for most of the travellers. It feels exceptional when you watch this extraordinary gem from the ground distance. Along with serving as a business center and a 5-star hotel, this towering attraction also yields visitors with an abundance of facilities ranging from tea lounge and cafe to swimming pool and dining.

Saadiyat Public Beach: Have Some Perfect Sun, Sea, and Sand Time

Saadiyat Public Beach

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Beaches in Abu Dhabi are not just confined to sand and sea. Located on the Saadiyat Island, the beach is a perfect place to spend some leisure time while touring Abu Dhabi. Lay on sun loungers under the umbrellas and feel the sound of sea waves or let the sea wind blow your hair while you walk leisurely along the shoreside (keeping a distance of 60 m as the place is protected by Dune Protection Zone). The beach also proffers facilities like lounge chairs lockers, bathrooms, parking space, changing rooms, and showers.

Yas Island: Experience The Opulence of Abu Dhabi

Yas Island

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Yas Island is not just a single attraction, it consists of a bunch of attractions which make this place is one of the most obsessed-over travel destinations in Abu Dhabi. The island is home to Marina Circuit, Waterworld, Beach, Links and the world famous Ferrari World. Prepare for bumpy roller coaster rides and bucket loads of fun at Yas Waterworld and some high dose thrill at Ferrari World. For a thrill of a lifetime, you can also hop into Yas Marina Circuit for go-karting. On the west shore to Island is one of the world’s best golf courses, Yas Link awaits you to offer a lavish golfing experience. You can end your Yas Island tour at Yas Beach, a great place to toast yourself under the sun while laying and relaxing on sun lounge along with having ravishing food.

Etihad Tower Complex: Catch a Bird Eye View of the City from Observation Deck at 300 m

Etihad Tower Complex

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Have you ever dreamed of eating atop of a towering building? Well I know, I have! Located on the 74th level of Tower 2 at Etihad Tower Complex, Observation Deck at 300 m stands high enough in the sky to bids some invincible views of the cityscape and encompassing island. The place is a shining attraction of Abu Dhabi. And what’s more a traveller want? Catching bird eye sights of the glittery Abu Dhabi skyline and the islands beyond from a soaring 74 floor is bellyful to satiate one’s hunger of witnessing the candid beauty of the city.

Mangrove National Park: Sight the Rich Biodiversity of UAE

Mangrove National Park

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Welcome to the only place in Abu Dhabi where you’ll away from the futuristic buildings and malls, Mangrove National Park. This concealed solitaire in Abu Dhabi is a cure to ecologists and naturalists. The rich biodiversity of this place encompasses different species of plants and wildlife including herons flamingo and crabs. The treasure talk of this attraction is the sweet chirping of the birds which hardly gets to perceive nowadays.

Things to Do

Savour the Flavours of Emirate Culture at Best Restaurants

BOA Steakhouse Abu Dhabi

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Your Abu Dhabi excursion is incomplete if you have not dined at the inviting sumptuous restaurants of Abu Dhabi. With a selection of appetizing food, the restaurants in Abu Dhabi will leave an ineradicable taste on the palate of a food connoisseur. Li Beirut, Byblos Sur Mer, Nahaam, and BOA Steakhouse are some of the best places in Abu Dhabi to enjoy the authentic cuisine. And If you have a limited pocket, Lulu and Carrefour Supermarkets are best in Abu Dhabi to treat you taste buds to scrumptious budget food.

Relish Boat Sightseeing in the Persian Gulf

Boat Sightseeing in the Persian Gulf

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A 60 or 90-minute sightseeing tour in the Persian Gulf in Abu Dhabi is quite something to behold. Get your camera ready to capture spellbinding sights of dolphins playing in the waves. Jump into the yellow powerboat along with your professional guide and as you cruise, prepare to treat your eyes and fill your heart with the fabulous glance of pioneering buildings. Adore the heritage village and Emirate Palace as you cruise further. If you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones, this sightseeing place in Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer to you.

Explore Dubai and Abu Dhabi on a Big Bus Tour

Big Bus Tour

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Discover the top attractions of Abu Dhabi and Dubai as you travel in hop-off, hop-on tour. The most appropriate, hassle-free, and viable way to explore Abu Dhabi as well as Dubai, hop-on-hop-off bus covers attractions like Corniche, Ferrari World, Burj Khalifa, Dhow Cruise, various Souks, and many more places and that too in just one ticket. The talk of this city tour is the free admission to the charismatic metropolis of Dubai.

Enjoy Dubai Seaplane Flight from Abu Dhabi

Seaplane Flight from Abu Dhabi

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If your Abu Dhabi travel itinerary does not allow you to spare a day for Big Bus tour, just go for a 45-minute seaplane tour from Yas Island. Fly above the scenic cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and enjoy the iconic landmarks of Emirate Palace and Ferrari World along with Burj Al-Arab, Burj Khalifa, and Palm Jumeirah. After all this, experience the butterflies in your stomach while landing on water. Head towards the largest mall of the world, Dubai Mall for shopping and head back to Abu Dhabi via shared vehicle. This whole trip of one hour will leave you with some indelible memories in Abu Dhabi.

Spend A Day in the Desert Relishing Desert Safari/Sand Boarding/Camel Ride/Dune Bash or Evening Desert Camp

Evening Desert Camping in Abu Dhabi

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The only time when you realize that spending a day in the desert can be fun is when you go for a desert safari, sand boarding, camel riding or dune bashing in Abu Dhabi. One of the best experiences that Abu Dhabi tourism has to offer is Al Khatim desert safari in the 4×4 land cruiser. This four-wheel 45 minutes drive will start from your hotel and ends at your choice location in Abu Dhabi. Enjoy your time in sand dune area with uninterrupted thrill of desert activities of camel riding and sand boarding. Witnessing the beaut sunset while standing on the summit of a sand dune is kind of an experience which remains in your mind for a long time. Camping in the middle of sand accompanied with appealing lightning, scrumptious BBQ dinner and belly dance performance is something like Cherry on the Cake.

Don’t forget to go Shopping in Abu Dhabi

Shopping in Abu Dhabi

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I think you better understood for whom this point is for… Yeah, right women! ‘An excursion is incomplete for them without shopping’. But, here at Abu Dhabi, in fact in UAE, gender doesn’t matter when it comes to shopping. You’ll fall in love with every store, every mall, or every market you pass by on the thoroughfare of UAE, which is actually obvious with every traveller there. With over 200 stores, Abu Dhabi Mall is the perfect shopping stopover to buy some classy branded apparels, perfumes, cosmetics, and accessories to add in your wardrobe. And if you’re a chocolate lover then what would be more compelling than buying some delectable gourmet chocolates. Shop local souvenirs from Souk Central Market and boutiques from Avenue at Etihad. Mushrif Mall, Marina Mall, Dalma Mall, and Al Wahda Mall are some more shopping centers in the enthralling city of Abu Dhabi.

Take your beloved on a Romantic Dinner at the Beach

Romantic Beach Dinner at Abu Dhabi

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Picture this: having a personalized romantic dinner with your partner at a place with stars above your head and taking in views of expansive sea. Or even better, imagine the sweet romantic-background sound of waves in the midst of your conversation with your partner. Sounds like a dream? But it isn’t it. Likewise other places to visit and things to do, Abu Dhabi too gives a chance to have a romantic dining experience at shoreside of the beach.

Invest some time to know about the bewitching Falcons at Falcon Hospital Tour Abu Dhabi

Falcon Hospital Tour Abu Dhabi

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Reckoned to be one of the national symbols of UAE, Falcon hospital has been a crucial creature in Arabian Peninsula for over 2000 years. On the 2-hour visit to Falcon Hospital in Abu Dhabi, you’ll witness the diverse veterinary care of Falcons which would be enough to get attached to these creatures. Seek once in a lifetime opportunity of getting clicked with these enticing birds. In Dubai, a tour to Falcon Hospital is one of the best activities for kids, where they get to know about this rarely seen bird.

Once you are in Abu Dhabi’s, the widely known attractions of this enticing city await to offer never-ending fun along with high-grade experience. An abode to crowd-pleaser impeccable edifices, hostelry, and many more tourism places, there is a hidden beauty in every place you visit in Abu Dhabi. Want to plan a holiday to Abu Dhabi? Book with us at Tour My India and enjoy the best vacation in the city. Call us at +919212553106 or drop an email at info@tourmyindia.com for our best Abu Dhabi and Dubai tour packages that promise to cater to all your needs and are light on your pocket as well.

Published: 27 Apr, 2018By
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Comes from the ‘heart of India’, Delhi, Jatin is big-time dreamer. He is a travel blogger who loves to express about his ventures through his writing. Besides being a blogger, he is a foodie, who follows the aroma to reach some of the most amazing places to eat. Another thing that is equally important to him is sports; he eats, sleeps and breathes cricket!


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