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There is so much to do in Abu Dhabi, UAE irrespective of whether you are travelling with your friends, family, or as a couple. A few years ago we spent a few days in Dubai, but we had always wanted to explore Abu Dhabi too. Just so you have all things to do in Abu Dhabi in one place, here are 10 of our favourite experiences in Abu Dhabi along with a list of some of our favourite hotels in the area. And once you have read through all these details, definitely check-out our video from Abu Dhabi at the end of this article ๐Ÿ™‚


Where to stay

Abu Dhabi is packed with luxury hotels. If you want to go all out, you could stay at Emirates Palace or The Ritz Carlton. We stayed at the Edition Hotel as well as Dusit Thani and really enjoyed both the hotels. The breakfast spread and healthy al-a-carte meals at the in-house restaurant, Market At Edition, are especially noteworthy – expect flavourful food, incredible coffee, and fresh produce.

If you want a great mid-range hotel Aloft Abu Dhabi is a great option. There aren’t too many good AirBnB apartments and budget hotels in Abu Dhabi, so make sure you read reviews closely before booking budget accommodation.

Love the minimalistic vibes of Edition Hotel
…and the views from Dusit Thani


Getting Around in Abu Dhabi

It is easy to get a self-drive car or take taxis to commute within Abu Dhabi. If you intend on doing a lot of day trips, then you can also rent a car with a local driver. Having a local driver is more expensive than hailing taxis, but it makes the process of getting around Abu Dhabi easier.


10 Things To Do In Abu Dhabi

Here is a short list of ten of our favourite things to do in Abu Dhabi:

1) Sunset tea lounge at ShangriLa Abu Dhabiย 

The easiest way to enjoy a glorious sunset over Sheikh Zayed Mosque, is to over to the Sunset Tea Lounge at ShangriLa Abu Dhabi. The view is fantastic and the ambience serene.


2) Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Nothing screams Abu Dhabi like Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is an architectural marvel and one of the first places you need to visit in Abu Dhabi. Go early as it gets very crowded as the day progresses.


Sheikh Zyed Mosque Abu Dhabi
What beautiful architecture!


3) Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi

The Louvre in Abu Dhabi is a unique museum because it’s a beautiful admixture of art and traditional middle-eastern elements (such as the gorgeous ceiling inspired by the unique ceilings of souks). Definitely worth a visit if you’re a photographer or art enthusiast.


4) Dune Bashing in the desert

No visit to the desert would be complete without a spot of dune bashing. There are plenty of group tours in the area but you can also opt for a private tour if you want to customise your tour or spend longer in the desert. We booked with Emirates Tours and had a good experience.

Enjoying the gorgeous sunset after a spot of dune bashing


5) Kayaking in the mangroves

If you like to work up a sweat on holiday and you’re looking for something unique, then we would recommend going kayaking in the mangroves of Abu Dhabi. Choose a slot at sunset if you can as it makes for a beautiful sight.


6) Enjoy a scrumptious meal at Namak

If you’re craving for an Indian meal, then definitely head to Namak at Dusit Thani hotel. Kunal Kapur’s restaurant offers an exquisite Indian dining experience inspired by global influences. Our favourites would have to be the scallops and the Kerala duck roast tart.


7) Yas Waterworld

If you are craving that adrenalin rush, Yas Waterworld is the way to go. Spend a day on fun rides with the family to make most of your vacation in Abu Dhabi.


8) Wahat Al Karama

Right opposite Sheikh Zayed Mosque lies Wahat Al Karama. It is a war memorial that isn’t popular amongst tourists but you definitely need to visit it if you’re a photographer – that’s because it affords a fabulous view of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, especially at night. Take a look:


9) Qasr Al Watan Palace

Qasr Al Watan is a new tourist landmark in Abu Dhabi, so you could go during peak hours and still have large parts of it to yourself. The Palace is absolutely stunning and the architecture will leave you spellbound.

LOVED Qasr Al Watan – the intricate details are mesmerising


10) Overnight stay at Telal Resort & drive to Jebel Hafeet

If you have 1-2 extra days in Abu Dhabi, we would highly recommend spending them at Telal Resort. The hotel is just 1.5 hours away from downtown Abu Dhabi, so it is easily covered on a day trip. But it is situated within such stunning surrounds that you will want to stay longer. Expect sand-dunes, an oasis, and local wildlife at every corner. Next morning, take the picturesque drive to Jebel Hafeet, before heading back to Abu Dhabi.

Definitely spend a night in this gorgeous place – look at that oasis ๐Ÿ™‚


If you would like to see these places, in action as it were, check out this video we made on our favourite things to do in Abu Dhabi

21 thoughts on “10 Things To Do in Abu Dhabi

  1. Thanks, u very very much for sharing such a beautiful and amazing information I like it.
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  2. Some of these photo look awesome! I’ve been hearing a lot of things about Yas island recently, not sure why but it seems to be becoming more popular. The mosque looks spectacular, I can’t wait to go and see it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hey Savi! It was an overall excellent and informative article. The thing I liked more about it is dune bashing as it is quite entertaining for me.

  4. Dear Savi,

    Great post! Thank you for inspiring us to visit this stunning country. Now we need to start planning our trip. How many days would you recommend to stay in Abu Dhabi? โค

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