Must-see attractions in Abu Dhabi

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    Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

    Marina Breakwater

    Although looking a bit worn and tired, this reconstructed village is one of the few places to get an insight into the pre-oil era of the United Arab…

  • Al Maqta Fort & Watchtower

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

    Despite being one of the oldest sights in Abu Dhabi, this 200-year-old guardian of the city was restored and then more or less abandoned after the…

  • Miraj – the Museum

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

    Showcasing beautiful objects from around the Islamic world, including Persian carpets, calligraphy, ceramics and textiles, this private gallery shop–cum…


    Khor Al Maqta

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

    This historic waterway separates Abu Dhabi from the mainland, guarded by the now somewhat hidden Al Maqta Fort and a small watchtower, on a rocky…

  • Capital Gate

    Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

    Look out the window from many points in Abu Dhabi at night and you could be forgiven for thinking you've had one too many at the bar: reaching skyward in…

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    Manarat Al Saadiyat

    Abu Dhabi

    Housed in a postmodern building with an eye-catching honeycomb mantle, Manarat Al Saadiyat ('place of enlightenment') hosts regular art courses and…

  • Khalifa Park

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

    This large and leafy park, not far from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, has a number of attractions, including a football playing area, fountains, ponds…

  • Sheikh Zayed Bridge

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

    Said to symbolise the flow of energy into the capital, this 842m-long modern bridge designed by the late Zaha Hadid is one of three gateways to Abu Dhabi…

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre Library

    Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

    Though it houses a few rare collections of Arabic calligraphy and copies of the Quran dating from the 16th century, this collection of manuscripts is…

  • Musical Fountain

    Yas Island

    These fountains are fun for kids, particularly to cool off when hot during the day and when set to music at night.

  • Street Sculptures

    Abu Dhabi

    There was a time when no self-respecting Gulf city would be seen without a giant concrete coffeepot. Those days have gone, for better or for worse, but a…

  • Lake Park & Formal Park

    Abu Dhabi

    These two shady parks straddling 4th St and spreading along the Corniche fill up with families, joggers and picnickers in the early evening. The…

  • Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid

    Abu Dhabi

    Stare up – access is limited to residents – at this 92-floor, 382m landmark tower which forms part of the World Trade Center and is Abu Dhabi's tallest…

  • Al Itihad Square

    Abu Dhabi

    This square, trapped between busy main roads, offers good views of the tower-clustered skyline of the western Corniche Rd. Photos of the square's little…

  • Al Khalidiyah Garden

    Marina Breakwater

    This garden is a good place for people-watching. Once the sun goes down Al Khalidiyah's paths are prime territory for strollers and joggers, while its…

  • Abdullah Hamaid Al Rumaithi Mosque

    Abu Dhabi

    Squeezed between looming towers, this mosque is one of two that bookend a plaza hidden off the main roads. Keen photographers should come here at sunset…

  • Al Markaziyah Gardens

    Abu Dhabi

    Spread over three distinct areas, Al Nahyan Park, Family Park and Urban Park, Al Markaziyah Gardens forms a broad band of recreational lawns parallel to…

  • Al Khalidiyah Public Park

    Abu Dhabi

    One of many popular, shady parks in Abu Dhabi, this park offers a respite from the heat of the Corniche in summer. There's a jogging track (20-minute…

  • Capital Gardens

    Abu Dhabi

    This park in the heart of downtown offers two multipurpose playgrounds, a mini climbing wall and basketball and football areas; and there's an erupting…

  • Marina Eye

    Marina Breakwater

    This observation big wheel sits rather incongruously in the Marina Mall car park but with its capsules reaching up to 60m at its highest point, it's a…

  • Khalifa Mosque

    Abu Dhabi

    In common with all mosques in the city, this beautiful mosque stands in nonalignment with the grid system, honouring the direction of Mecca instead. It is…

  • UAE Pavilion

    Abu Dhabi

    Shaped like two parallel sand dunes – smooth and curvaceous on the windward side, steep and rippled on the eroded side – this award-winning building by…

  • Etisalat Head Office

    Abu Dhabi

    This iconic 27-floor building, with a 'golf ball' as its crowning glory, makes an excellent landmark for navigating the city's grid system. Built in 2001,…

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