Top ChoiceMosque in Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Rising majestically from manicured gardens and visible from the bridges joining Abu Dhabi Island to the mainland, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an impressive welcome to the city. With more than 80 marble domes...

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel, the highly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi finally arrived in late 2017. Through 12 galleries, the world-class collection traces humanity's artistic...

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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Standing outside Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, watching anxious owners from across the region delivering their hooded 'patients' in person, you will quickly realise that this is a much-needed and much-loved...

Top ChoiceMemorial in Marina Breakwater

Founder's Memorial

Founder's Memorial

After six years of planning and construction, this memorial celebrating the life and achievements of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, was inaugurated in April 2018. Set inside the landscaped...

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

If you want bragging rights to having 'done' Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, visit this indoor (perfect in summer) temple of torque and celebration of all things Ferrari in a spectacular...

Top ChoicePark in Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

Umm Al Emarat Park

Umm Al Emarat Park

You almost walk away from this five-star urban park feeling like you've visited a museum. Manicured to perfection and full of design-forward and thoroughly interesting distractions, it more than justifies its...

Top ChoiceWaterfront in Downtown

Corniche

Corniche

The waterfront Corniche, with its white sandy beaches and generous promenade, stretches the entire length of the northwest shore of the city. Giving spectacular views of the iconic high-rise tower blocks...

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Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

What the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is to the vertical, the Emirates Palace is to the horizontal, with audacious domed gatehouses and flying ramps to the foyer, 114 domes and a 1.3km private beach. Built for Dhs11...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

Mangrove National Park

Abu Dhabi's Mangrove National Park covers 19 sq km of protected coastal mangrove forests. A critical link in the coastal ecosystem, mangroves protect against tidal surges and promote biodiversity by providing a...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Marina Breakwater

Observation Deck at 300

Ride the lift to the 74th floor (your ears may pop along the way) for panoramic views looking down on the skyscrapers and coastline below. The '300' refers to metres above sea level. The coffee shop here serves...

Beach in Al Mina & Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Public Beach

By far Abu Dhabi's nicest public beach. A boardwalk leads through a protected zone of coastal vegetation, home to nesting turtles, to this prime slice of powdery white beach on the northwest coast of Saadiyat...

Area in Yas Island

Masdar City

Masdar City

For architecture with a sci-fi vibe make the trip to Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi Airport, touted as the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste city powered entirely by renewable energy when plans for it were first...

Animal Sanctuary in Abu Dhabi

Arabian Saluki Centre

Arabian Saluki Centre

You'll probably hear them before you see them, as a howl goes up when a visitor approaches this hound pound. A visit here involves entering the kennels, meeting the affectionate and well-looked-after residents,...

Memorial in Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

Wahat Al Karama

Wahat Al Karama

This memorial, opposite the eastern side of the Grand Mosque, was inaugurated in 2016 in memory of Emiratis who have given their lives in service to the nation. The main monument, a leaning stack of 31 mammoth...

Museum in Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

Zayed Heritage Centre

If you're into retro-tastic old museums, don't miss this eclectic, oddball collection of artefacts and personal memorabilia documenting the life of Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the Emirates. Inside the...

Market in Al Mina & Saadiyat Island

Al Mina Fish Market

This large fish market bustles with traders selling row upon colourful row of the sea's bounty from the ice bars. It's busiest early in the day when wholesalers head here to buy up prawns, red snapper,...

Island in Al Mina & Saadiyat Island

Nurai Island

A 12-minute boat ride from Saadiyat Island, this idyllic piece of paradise was awarded a 'Most Luxurious Project in the World' nod by Newsweek and is touted by the island's only tenant, Zaya Nurai Island Resort,...

Amusement Park in Yas Island

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

The world's first Warner Bros–branded theme park is a hit with kids and adults alike (DC Comics fans, we're talking to you). Spread among six 'Lands' – Warner Bros Plaza, Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon...

Architecture in Al Zahiyah & Al Maryah Island

Abu Dhabi Global Market Square

If you're into modern architecture, this development's cluster of glass-and-steel office monoliths on Al Maryah Island is the heart of Abu Dhabi's new financial centre. At the back of the plaza, sitting snug...

Sports Ground in Yas Island

Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit

Even if you're not in town in November for the Formula One Grand Prix, it's possible to experience Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina track year-round. For a behind the scenes look at the circuit, tours (book beforehand)...