This post was most recently updated on December 30th, 2018
Welcome our guest writer and middle-east specialist Neha from Dubai Wikia who picks the top 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi
Want to get acquainted with the natural side of Abu Dhabi’s steel and glass exterior? Then go on a kayaking tour of the mangrove forests that cling to the islands around Abu Dhabi. These mangrove forests prevent the corrosion of sand, thus protecting Abu Dhabi’s landmass. You can sign up for a short 1.5 hours kayaking tour or the leisurely three hours paddling tour. These Eco Tours help you understand just how important the mangrove ecological system is. Sign up for a night-time kayaking tour and enjoy the immensely beautiful landscape in the moonlight.
If you’re a Formula 1 fan, then don’t miss this branded theme park attraction. There are fabulous roller coasters for you to enjoy, including the world’s fastest roller-coaster, Formula Rossa. Kids can try out their driving skills on the Junior GT track. Adrenaline junkies have no dearth of attractions – there’s the Flying Aces roller-coaster, which zooms at a speed of 120 km per hour on a 52-meter loop. This is the tallest roller-coaster in the world. At Ferrari World, you can also enjoy checking out a collection of Ferrari’s cars, from all the way back as 1947. Book your Ferrari World tour in advance.
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Abu Dhabi is surely a great place to visit through your lens. It is so smooth and calm. I would love to take a tour and see the green palms.
It truly looks beautiful. I would love to visit to!! Thanks for your comments 🙂
Abhu Dhabi seems to be a good place to visit. Thanks for all the details.
Beautiful pics and very informative post. Your post seems really convincing Sinjina.
Ever since my parent visited I have been intrigued by Abu Dhabi. One day I shall go. This will help with filling out a full timetable for myself!
Its definitely a wonderful place to visit. Great write-up
Thanks so much Laura. I wish to do the same!
Would you believe i never knew about kayaking being in Abu Dhabi from last 6 years. Author missed mentioning Emirates Palace, a must visit place. Well there are many new attractions as well like Louvre Museum and Warner Bros Theme Park.
I really desire to visit Abu Dhabi. Hopefully, your tips would help when i finally visit.
Al Ain and Jabel Hafeetha used to be our favourite week end retreats when we were in Sharjah. Abu Dhabi, as I remember is a quite, sophisticated city!
Thanks for sharing and taking me on a nostalgic trip.
Thanks Anagha. Glad you liked it
Thanks Kinshoo, these were the author's choice of top 10. I came to know about the Louvre Museum while browsing online. Emirates palace is a hotel right?
A really wonderful place to visit, it's one of the very few places I haven't been to in the Middle East. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is simply breathtaking. And I never would have thought about a kayaking tour in Abu Dhabi!
I am keeping this list for my future reference to Abu Dhabi. Heard so much about the grand mosque, the Ferrari world center and Desert. You list amazed me as it has other attractions too such as cruise and Kayaking tours.
Thanks for the virtual tour of the Abu Dhabi…. 🙂
True.. I got my travel goals too from this story
Glad you liked it
Had no idea that you could kayak in mangroves in Abu Dhabi. This post definitely makes me want to go there.
Such a great article by Neha. She covers everything I would want to see & experience in Abu Dhabi, especially Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque!
My son would absolutely love Ferrari World. Every boys dream to visit this place Great post. 🙂
I must admit Abu Dhabi has not been high on my list. I do love reading about it and seeing the photos here. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is gorgeous!! We also love trips in mangroves. My husband is a car fan so I am sure he would like Ferrari world. Boat cruises and skydecks are tops on our list too! Looks like lots of good reasons to visit.
I never would've expected a mangrove kayaking tour to be something you could do in Abu Dhabi! That sounds like a lot of fun though, as does everything else on your list! That mosque is so beautiful!
I visit Dubai very often but didn't know there was so much to do in Abu Dhabi as well. Next time I'm definitely spending a few days there. 🙂
Great post! The kayaking tour of the mangrove forest sounds like fun and not something I'd expect to see in Abu Dhabi. Thanks 🙂
Thanks Wendy for your time. I hope you get to visit there soon, and me too 🙂
I lived in Abu dhabi and definitely these all places are my favorite places. Ferrari world is really very adventurous and my boys loved it. Strolling around Corniche or taking dhow cruise with stunning skyline views are also wonderful here. Visiting Alain and drive on Jabal Hafeet is also my favorite activity here.
My friend was just in Abu Dhabi and I feel like he missed SO MUCH after reading this post! Aside from the clear attraction to roller coasters at Ferrari World, I wouldn't have even thought about paragliding here. Desert treks are one of my favorite things as it brings a whole different scenery and atmosphere that we don't get in other places. I also like there there are places that offer look outs over the city to get new perspectives.
It is a perfect list of top 10 things to do in Abu Dhabi! I live in Dubai and keep visiting Abu Dhabi frequently. I like that you have included Jebel Hafeet in your list as well as Al Ain. Some people might also like to include Louvre in that but I am not much of a museum enthusiast, I am more into nature and beaches. I love the Saadiyat beach as well, it is gorgeous!
I have visited Abu Dhabi on transit only and never really wanted to take a holiday there but after reading this post and s few more have added to my list. Would love to visit the grand mosque for all its grandeur and simplicity. The food culture is another aspect which I live about the Middle East. There is a lot to see and do it seems from your post. Thanks for sharing
I visited the UAE before but never made it to Abu Dhabi. I would love to visit someday and this post sure is a great starting point with some awesome suggestions. The desert trek exeprience sounds amazing too, I’m a big fan of it.
So now I understand why people that don’t look Muslim could take pictures in the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. They let the non-Muslim to enter. Coming from the country with the populous Muslim in the world, I found it really special. Although visiting Abu Dhabi is not high in my list, I found Abu Dhabi is impressive with all it has to offer to visitors.