Abu Dhabi is a fascinating city with so much to see and do. Whether it’s your first time visiting the region or you’re looking for somewhere new to explore, these seven places are guaranteed to leave you impressed!
Best Things to do in Abu Dhabi UAE 2022
1. Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the largest museum in the Middle East and one of the world’s most visited museums. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, who also designed the Louvre Museum in Paris. The museum opened on November 6th 2011 after years of construction delays and cost overruns.
With a total floor space of 136,000 square meters (1,493,979 sq ft) including two outdoor gardens and an underground gallery under construction at present time it has been billed as “the most ambitious project ever undertaken by UAE” at that time when its construction started back 2008 for completion in 2013 but due to some issues related with the financial crisis here too so now, we have to wait till 2018 before seeing this amazing structure fully operational!
2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a mosque located in Abu Dhabi. It was constructed between 1983 and 1997, and it is the second largest mosque in the world after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.
The mosque was named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who founded the United Arab Emirates in 1971 on land previously occupied by nomadic Bedouin tribesmen. He died before its completion, but his son Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan completed the construction of this landmark religious structure on his behalf.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was opened to tourists during the Easter season when it is closed to non-Muslims (a restriction which also applies to mosques such as Ibn Battuta’s City). You can visit it any day except Friday if you want; however, reservations are required for groups larger than 15 people. If there are large numbers of tourists planning to visit then guided tours will be a perfect option.
Corniche is a waterfront promenade in Abu Dhabi. It’s located near the Corniche Marina, which is a popular spot for people to take a walk or jog. The views of the city are stunning and it’s also great for people watching the sunset. If you’re planning on having a picnic at this famous location, bring your own food and drinks!
4. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is a water park in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest water park in the Middle East and includes more than 30 attractions including wave pools, slides and flumes. The park also has an amphitheatre where you can watch shows or enjoy concerts with family or friends!
There are several ways to get here: you can take a bus from Sharjah or Dubai; alternatively, you can fly to Al Ain Airport (UAE), then take a taxi to Yas Island; if you choose this option there are multiple ways of getting around . . . but we’ll talk about that later!
5. Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island is a man-made island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, which houses some of the most impressive and well-known buildings in the world. It’s also home to Emirates Palace, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
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The main attraction on Saadiyat Island is its golf course, which was designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., who created famous courses like Augusta National Golf Club and The Master’s tournament venue in Georgia.
6. Al Ain Zoo
Al Ain Zoo is a must-visit for families. The zoo has a large collection of animals, including lions, giraffes and tigers. There are many fun activities for kids such as camel rides and train rides that allow you to experience the thrill of being behind the wheel! If you are visiting UAE with family and kids then better to go for a full day Abu Dhabi city tour from Dubai a better option as it covers the majority of the mentioned points here.
This zoo was opened in 2009 by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum who wanted to create an environment where people could enjoy their time outside with their loved ones while having fun at the same time. It is located just outside of town which makes it easy for families to get there when they have time on their hands or if they have kids who want something exciting after school ends!
7. Emirates Park Zoo
The Emirates Park Zoo is located in the centre of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. This zoo is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the region and it was established in 1969 by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The park has more than 2,000 animals representing 80 different species including lions, tigers and elephants. It also features several aviaries with birds like flamingos, storks or ostriches; as well as an aquarium with sharks that can be seen through glass panels on top of their tanks (the aquariums are located next door).
Abu Dhabi is home to a wide range of attractions including cultural sites such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which was built on the site of an ancient mosque; historical forts such as Saadiyat Island Fortress; museums like Al Ain Museum or Saadiyat Island Cultural District (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites); parks like Yas Island Park; beaches like Yas Marina Beach Resort & Spa Resort (which was recently named one of Asia’s best beaches) and so much more!
8. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World, Wild Wadi and SkyTrail offer exciting rides, thrilling attractions and breathtaking views. Explore the new Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Here, you’ll take in spectacular views of the city and islands of Abu Dhabi as you explore an exciting tour of the Land Speed Record, Formula One racetrack and our designer collections. Explore the Ferrari Experience and drive some of the world’s fastest production cars – or enjoy your own free run around the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Castellet, France, home to the FIA World Rallycross Championship – using a supercar simulator.
While there are many wonderful travel destinations to choose from, Abu Dhabi is a city that is rich in culture, heritage and natural beauty. Whether you’re looking for something more active or relaxing, Abu Dhabi has plenty of activities for everyone!