Abu Dhabi offers a mesmerising blend of age-old traditions and modern flamboyance that's sure to dazzle your senses. So much so that it’s hard to decide where to go and what to see first! To put you on the right track, we've created this list of the Big 5 top hot spots to guide you on your amazing holiday in Abu Dhabi!
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Dominating the view from each of the bridges that join Abu Dhabi Island to the mainland, this magnificent ode to the Muslim faith truly is a sight to behold! Second only in size to Mecca and Madinah in Saudi Arabia, the jaw-dropping Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the third largest of its kind in the world. Built from over 1000 tons of pure white marble, set with sparkling lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, mother-of-pearl and other semi-precious stones, this marvel of contemporary construction plays host to over 40 000 worshippers. Gaze up in awe at the glittering Swarovski crystal chandeliers that float above the main prayer hall. And be amazed at the expansive knotted carpet, a multi-coloured handmade masterpiece that is by far the largest in the world. This mosque is also one of the few in the region that is open to non-Muslims – don’t miss this rare opportunity to see it first-hand!
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Culture vultures and avid art lovers won’t want to miss the unforgettable grand opening of the newly constructed Louvre Abu Dhabi. Set to open later this year, this spectacular building promises to be a feast for the eyes showcasing some of the finest artworks from prestigious French museums, including the Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. This undeniably world-class collection of paintings, sculptures and artifacts will boast exquisite specimens spanning from antique masterpieces to contemporary creations. Some of the artworks on show will include a 3000-year-old Egyptian statue of King Ramesses II, a number of Leonardo da Vinci's Portraits, Van Gogh's Self-Portrait and Andy Warhol's Electric Chair to name just a few.
Abu Dhabi Theme Parks
Abu Dhabi offers plenty of pulse-racing activities for thrill seekers. Many of which are located on gorgeous Yas Island. This incredible island offers a heady mix of spine-tingling excitement balanced with idyllic leisure. Get your engines roaring at high-speed Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, where the world’s fastest roller-coaster will blow your hair back with speeds of 240km/h in 4.9 seconds. Want the real thing? Do a few laps around the racetrack in an authentic Ferrari, then take a tour of the spectacular car gallery. Cool off at the mega-fun Yas Waterworld, the UAE’s most expansive water park, with 45 super-soaked rides and slides. If you’re looking for something a little more low key, yet no less fun, watch a fascinating pearl-diving show while chilling under palm-shaded shelters with a cool cocktail in hand.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
This highly-anticipated fun park will open its doors in 2018, delighting visitors from all over the world with its action-packed rides and super-cool superhero and cartoon theme. Promising a host of thrill rides, family-friendly activities and live entertainment, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will rival Disney World as one of the most magical destinations. The park will bring some of Warner Bros.’ most-loved characters to life, including Bugs Bunny, Superman, Batman, the Flintstones and many more. Follow in the footsteps of the Dark Knight in the Gotham City replica or fly with the caped crusader in Superman’s Metropolis. This is your chance to unleash your inner superhero!
The Empty Quarter
Home to 300m-high Tel Moreeb, the world’s tallest sand dune, the Empty Quarter is the epicentre of the Arabian Desert in all its glory. Just an hour and a half south of Abu Dhabi, this uninterrupted vista of undulating sand dunes is nothing short of breath-taking. Feel the rush as you conquer the dunes on a 4x4 drive. Or go on a leisurely paced camel trekking safari. Gaze up at the desert night sky where the mesmerising swirl of the Milky Way sparkles to life after sunset. Of course, as with anything in Abu Dhabi, opulence is never more than a moment away. Live in the lap of luxury at the exquisite Qasr Al Sarab or Mirage Palace – a sumptuous oasis designed in the style of an ancient Arabian fortress, yet decked out with all the luxurious modern amenities under the sun.
This magnificent hotel is not called a palace for nothing. Renowned as an iconic landmark in Abu Dhabi, it exists as a testament to the immeasurable wealth of the region. Set in a lush manicured garden punctuated by rippling fountains and spectacular topiary, this extravagant hotel combines classic Arabian beauty with state-of-the art modern amenities. Step inside and be welcomed by crystal and pearl-clad walls, while giant chandeliers light the way. As one of the world’s most illustrious hotels, Emirates Palace has played host to numerous celebrities and VIP guests, some of which include Bill Clinton, Robert de Niro, Michael Jackson and many sporting legends to name a few. All that glamour got you hungry? Indulge at one of the palatial restaurants serving the finest gourmet cuisine, caviar and French champagne.
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