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Things to Do in Abu Dhabi


The sprawling capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is nestled on an island in the Persian Gulf, off the mainland. An economy driven by oil exports aside from other modes of commerce, Abu Dhabi is a flourishing metropolis with a dose of heritage, culture, architecture and interesting things to do in Abu Dhabi. Studded with sky-scrapers and mosque domes, its skyline is iconic. Around the city are mega shopping malls such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls, eating districts and towering office buildings. But its most iconic landmark still remains the glistening white-domes of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It is home to the world’s largest hand-spun and extremely intricate Persian carpet. There are some wonderful crystal chandeliers too. A visit to this Mosque most certainly counts among the top things to do in Abu Dhabi

Activities in Abu Dhabi

An Arabian jewel, there are many places, apart from its iconic mosque such as the Zayed Centre, a museum dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed and home to memoribilia from photographs, a collection of vintage cars, childhood toys among others. To get a sense of the Emirati culture make a stopover at the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village. Inside are beautiful recreations of Bedouin homes, and traditional souks. One of the amazing activities in Abu Dhabi is the experience of a four wheel drive on the dunes before settling down at a Bedouin camp and tucking into a delicious barbecue dinner. Enjoy a belly dance performance, try some Sheesha, get a henna tattoo and ride a camel into the sunset.

The experience that is Abu Dhabi is as authentic as they come. From a stroll in the serene dhow harbor, bargain hunting for spices, gold and souvenirs at the souks, to unwinding at a Sheesha cafe, you have plenty of activities to do in Abu Dhabi. Among best things to in Abu Dhabi, take a coach tour to the serene Al Ain Oasis surrounded by the Hajar Mountains, also called the ‘Garden City’ of United Arab Emirates. See the traditional water channels called ‘falaj’, visit the food markets, enjoy a drive to the Jebel Hafeet mountain for a panoramic view of the city, and in the end, rejuvenate with a traditional aromatherapy.