Abu Dhabi Attractions: Exploring the Central Capital of the UAE


Quite known for being a modernised city, Abu Dhabi is a beautiful waterside location. This city in the UAE will make your jaw drop, from its famous mosque to its themed parks. But despite being modern, it still holds on to its culture. It was first inhabited in the late 18th century by the Bani Yas Tribe. The settlement remained a small fishing village up until the oil was discovered. In other words, there are plenty of attractions that you'll enjoy visiting here.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

One of the most popular attractions and the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Built around 1996 and opened to the public in 2007, this central place for worship in the city is dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan. Non-muslim visitors are permitted in all the areas of the mosque. This gives everyone a chance to see all of its features like its 82 domes and more than 1,000 columns holding it together. Moreover, it holds the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and even a 24-carat gold chandelier.


Louvre Abu Dhabi

Following our list of top Abu Dhabi attractions is the largest museum in the city. The Louvre Abu Dhabi has a total size of 24,000 square meters where 8,000 is devoted to numerous galleries. Here, you can find artworks from around the world, with a distinct focus set on linking the gap between Eastern and Western art. Also, the design of the museum is like a seemingly floating dome. Moreover, the web-like patterned dome allows the sun to filter through it, creating picturesque backgrounds. 


Ferrari World

For those who want to experience the thrill of Formula One Racing, this branded theme park is perfect for you. Here in the Ferrari World, kids can test their newly learned driving skills. Even adults who want to feel that adrenaline rush can try the tallest roller coaster in the world, the Flying Aces. The Ferrari World experience wouldn't be complete without seeing the collection of Ferrari cars dating back to 1947, and the Ferrari Factory tour.


Qasr Al-Hosn

Also known as the White Fort or the Old Fort, Qasr Al-Hosn is the oldest building in our list. Also, it is one of Abu Dhabi’s major historical points of interest in the city. Built around 1761 as a watchtower to guard the only freshwater well, Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan, the ruler that time, expanded it to a small fort in 1793. The interior of the fort was eventually renovated and modernised, then used as a museum. Here, you'll see various artefacts and photographs that will show you the history of the country. 


Heritage Village

Last on our list  will give you an idea of the pre-oil era of the Emirati life. The Heritage Village is a great place to visit if you want to understand the lifestyle of 19th century Arab. It has traditional souks, Barasti houses, and a mosque, which are all recreated to showcase their elegant past to the visitors. Certainly, this village is worth visiting, especially for those who want to know more about the history of Abu Dhabi.

That's the end of our list for our top Abu Dhabi attractions you need to see. There's still plenty of attractions you can explore, such as other themed parks, malls, kayaking and boat tours, and even hotels. So, go and book your flight with us and sign up for our newsletter, so you won't miss out on our latest travel offers and deals.