Adventures in Abu Dhabi

Welcome to an exciting city where nothing stands still… except, perhaps, a heron in the capital's protected mangroves. Abu Dhabi is full of surprising experiences; explore them in a new and immersive way.

A Perfect Day In Abu Dhabi

Morning on the coast

For a slice of local life, make an early morning round of Abu Dhabi’s Al Mina Fish Market, where you’ll find traditional wooden boats docked along Dhow Harbour after a night at sea. Local fishermen mend their nets and tend to giant lobster pots, or fill their free time with card games and laughter. Inside the market, with the catch fresh off the boat, locals browse for the pungent catch of the day. Never mind the prospect of lots of tasty seafood, the fish market is a visual feast of colour, texture and design – and a great start to your day in Abu Dhabi.

Afternoon adventures

After lunch, swap pedals for paddles and let the water soothe away your troubles. Those looking to slow down the pace and enjoy the gentler charms of Abu Dhabi can kayak or paddleboard through Mangrove National Park, a unique tidal ecosystem which safeguards countless species of birds and marine life. A 90-minute tour with Noukhada Adventure Company is a great way to experience nature at the heart of this ultra-modern city.

An evening of reflection

Watch the sun’s last rays catch the imposing Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi’s most important and impressive landmark. The mosque’s lavish building materials hark from as far afield as Greece, Italy, Morocco and Germany. Spend some time wandering around and taking in the scope of this magnificent structure just before dusk at golden hour, one of its most colourful times of day. Around sunset, the mosque begins to gently light up; its marble pillars and arches reflecting onto surrounding glass-like pools with a magical, ethereal beauty.

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