From world-class museums to ultra-modern skyscrapers, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is brimming with history, culture and Bedouin charm. Backing onto the shimmering Persian Gulf, it offers traditional shisha cafes, a breezy corniche and bustling souqs.
Things to do in Abu Dhabi
Built by the first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture. It dwarfs worshippers with marble domes, pillars and soaring minarets studded with precious gemstones, mother-of-pearl inlays and ceramic mosaics.
Falcons play an important role in Gulf culture. There's no better place to discover their significance than the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. You can tour the museum, peer into the examination room, visit the free-flight aviary and meet the magnificent birds of prey.
Ever wanted to run your hands over the hood of a Formula 1 race car? Don't miss Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, an indoor theme park where you can admire luxury sports cars, watch live shows and ride Formula Rossa, the world's fastest rollercoaster.
Nothing captures the spirit of the UAE quite like Emirates Palace. With over 100 domes and more than 1,000 crystal chandeliers, it's one of the most luxurious hotels on the planet. Take a stroll around the lobby, splurge on high tea in the foyer, sip on cocktails at the sleek Hakkasan bar or enjoy a high-end meal at Mezlai.
Getting around Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is serviced by an efficient network of buses that runs to most major sights and attractions. Taxis are also a fast and affordable way to get around the city. Rental cars will give you the freedom to explore the Emirate of Abu Dhabi at your own pace.