Learn about Abu Dhabi’s fast-paced development and pioneering architectural projects on a full-day city tour from Dubai! With an expert guide, travel by coach and discover futuristic buildings aplenty while touring the renewable energy development of Masdar City and the man-made Yas and Saadiyat islands. Hear how Abu Dhabi evolved from its fishing port days, gain insight into its future plans, and see top city sights including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the iconic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan Mosque (Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque).
Start with pickup from your Dubai hotel, and travel into Abu Dhabi by coach to learn about the city’s development. Until recently, Abu Dhabi was little more than a fishing port with a handful of buildings and a fort; however, the discovery of oil in the 1950s changed its fortunes, and investment has poured into the booming city ever since.In an effort to catch up with its glamorous big sister Dubai, Abu Dhabi has benefited from heavy investment in architectural innovation, and the city now boasts an ever-expanding skyline. Hear little-known Abu Dhabi facts from your guide as you travel around town.Pass Jebel Ali Port, one of the world’s largest man-made harbors, and then travel to the city’s outskirts for a visit to Masdar City: a multibillion dollar residential and renewable energy project that’s attracted interest from architects around the world.Travel onward to Yas Island and stroll around the artificial island and leisure park. The lavish-looking Yas Viceroy Hotel on the Yas Marina F1 circuit makes for a perfect photo stop! Continue to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-designed motorsport theme park. While your itinerary doesn’t allow time for rides, the visit offers insight into the type of high-profile attractions now in Abu Dhabi. Shop for Ferrari souvenirs if you wish, and enjoy free time for lunch in town (own expense).In the afternoon, visit the second man-made island of your tour: Saadiyat Island. Home to contemporary museums and a performing arts center, the island showcases the city’s cultural ambitions. Stop for a photo by UAE Pavilion — an award-winning recyclable building — and head inside the visitor center at Manarat Al Saadiyat to see scale models and a short video about Abu Dhabi’s future development plans.Return to the mainland for photos outside Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi’s gleaming-white marble place of worship. Finally, finish your tour with the return drive to Dubai and drop-off at your hotel.