Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is a well-ordered and industrious city with a stunning waterside location. This city was a small fishing village until oil was discovered here. The urbanisation and the rapid development in its tourism sector have transformed the city into a top tourist destination. Now, Abu Dhabi is a bustling, modern city, with gleaming skyscrapers and busy shopping malls. Check out our list of the top-rated destinations for Abu Dhabi sightseeing:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This beautiful and massive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is Abu Dhabi’s landmark building, and the most popular sightseeing attraction in the whole city. The mosque fuses many elements of design to create a perfectly traditional yet modern mosque that celebrates Islamic architecture. Opened in 2007 after about 20 years of construction, it is able to hold 40,000 worshippers, making it the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
Visit this indoor temple of torque and celebration of all things Ferrari in this spectacular building. Kids can test out newly learned driving skills on the Junior track, while thrill-seekers can buckle up and ride the Flying Aces rollercoaster. You can also check out the collection of Ferrari’s cars, with models dating back to 1947.
Observation Deck at 300
Abu Dhabi’s competition to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is this observation deck, on the 74th floor of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel, offering skyline views from the highest point in the city. A perfect Abu Dhabi sightseeing experience would include having high-tea up there with the city spread below you.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Falcons are an integral part of traditional Gulf culture and no expense is spared in restoring these magnificent birds to full health. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is a much-needed and much-loved facility amongst the locals, hence it offers tours as well. Tours include visits inside the falcon museum, the examination room, and the free-flight aviary.
Emirates Park Zoo
If you’re traveling with kids in tow, this excellent zoo makes a fun day out. The wildlife park has a host of animals, including white tigers, giraffes, elephants, zebras, and a Siberian bear as well. The children can also touch and feed domestic breeds animals at the petting zoo.
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