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Things to do in Abu Dhabi

The wonderful island of Abu Dhabi! Capital city of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is modern and cosmopolitan; Take a walk on the Corniche at the evening or dine in the best restaurants of Arabia.

Abu Dhabi tourism

Abu Dhabi is the place to be if you want to take a break for some golden beaches, desert drives, water parks and the like. There are tons of things to do in Abu Dhabi for people of all ages. What was once a desert dwelling is now a well established holiday destination that attracts people from all over the world. On the note of things to do in Abu Dhabi you can start with Corniche which is a 4 mile promenade with a lot of places to stop by and enjoy a picnic at, or simply stroll away an entire afternoon. Here, two things might catch your eye the enormous emirates flag and the leaning Capital Gate structure. This may be the commonly ventured place, but is still overshadowed by many other things to do in Abu Dhabi. The island of adventure is located near the airport in a frantic adrenaline rush of a center. All you have to do is sit back and stay put in one of fastest rollercoaster in the world, the Formula Rossa which goes up to 150mph. Don’t miss a ride on this as part of things to do in Abu Dhabi. Only an hour away from the busy city you will find the razor sharp crest of 100ft dune. This golden world is deserted except for power pylon or the oil well. Al Ain is called the Garden City here because it stands out for its greenery. This should go in your list of places to stop by and things to do in Abu Dhabi pronto.


Abu Dhabi attractions


There is a jahili Fort dedicated to exhibition about the British explorer who crossed this area in the 1940s. The most unexpected and astounding attraction of the Emirate is Masdar City. Don’t forget to add this to your travel list of things to do in Abu Dhabi. This is a zero carbon development area that does not allow cars. It may look like the size of a village now but there is so much to come. Other things that make part of things to do in Abu Dhabi are all included in the emirate’s latest plan to bring the world’s greatest art in one place that is the district of Saadiyat island, this is only a ten minute ride from the city center by car or taxi. It is only one artistic avenue from all the things to do in Abu Dhabi.If you want to take a peek into the heritage of the region you can always visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque which is open to everyone. You must add this in all things to do in Abu Dhabi. It is a majestic building that can be seen from the bridges that link the emirate to the mainland like a welcoming structure. The building has the space capacity for 41,000 worshippers, and is one of the few places of religious value that is open to non Muslims. It would be a mistake to not visit this place as part of all things to do in Abu Dhabi.

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Watersports

Watersports

Abu Dhabi is a watersports haven, so it’d be a crime not to dip your toe into what’s on offer while you’re here. Whether you’re a total newbie or seasoned pro, it’s time to get your feet wet – and there are guides who give you plenty of inspiration& Enjoy Swimming, Kayaking, Wakeboarding There are also Water cable Parks, Snorkeling & Diving you would love to do. Stand-up Paddleboarding & Flyboard, Sailing is also there for you with complete facilities and unbelievable fun.

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Abu Dhabi Golf Clubs

Abu Dhabi Golf Clubs

What was once an undeveloped sandy area is now arguably one of the finest recreational retreats in the region. Abu Dhabi has world's most beautifully designed golf courses in the world. Some of the best gold courses in Abu Dhabi are Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Al Ghazal Golf Club, Golf in Abu Dhabi Ambassador & The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa all of these courses are fascinating and with complete facilities of international standards.

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Horse Riding

Horse Riding

From indoor to outdoor training areas, from special beach rides to a variety of horseback riding activities and lessons, Abu Dhabi’s equestrian offerings are each tailored to meet the individual abilities and needs of each guest – be they first-time or experienced riders. Some of the very best horse riding clubs in Abu Dhabi are Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Sir Bani Yas Stables, Dhabian Equestrian Club.

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Bowling

Bowling

The Abu Dhabi is the hub of bowling in the UAE. Playing host to some of the largest bowling events in the region and the world, including the World Bowling Championships in 1999, 2014 and 2015. Lanes are also available for everyday use. Everyone is sure to have a great sporting time. Zayed Sports City, Armed Forces Officers Club, Bowling City in Abu Dhabi Mall, Khalidiyah Mall & Al Mariah Mall are one of the top rated bowling clubs in Abu Dhabi.

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Ice Skating

Ice Skating

The undisputed coolest place in the city for sports is Zayed Sports City & Marina mall Ice Rinks. As the city's only Olympic-size skating surface, they hosts the most thrilling ice hockey matches and figure skating shows in the UAE. Amenities abound, including a pro-shop, a dance studio, private event space and the best pizza in town at Figaro’s. Coaching is available for groups and individuals from beginner to Olympic hopeful and the membership programme is sure to keep you skating all year round.

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Safari Desert

Safari Desert

The real essence of Abu Dhabi is never complete until and unless you enjoy some fun time at a desert safari! While all the luxury and splendor of the place has a charm of its own, but the golden sands of the desert dunes beckon with a magic which leaves many spellbound and completely mesmerized with the unique beauty of the place. Enjoyable desert safari tours are undertaken by individuals as well as groups, which involve a bunch of different desert activities along with sports; that add to the fun and memories.

From amazing things to do like dune bashing and driving over large dunes, you can enjoy local authentic cuisine at safari campsites, and then relax with a traditional performance by a belly dancer. Watching an amazing sunset over the golden dunes and enjoying fun camel rides are some of the unique fun features you can expect on a desert safari.
Camping in the desert to enjoy a BBQ buffet dinner is a great way to sum up an exciting day, and there are many tour agencies which offer services to make your first trip to the desert in Abu Dhabi an unforgettable one, so that you will remember it with delight, years later!

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Desert off-road driving

Desert off-road driving

The massive Empty Quarter dunes present an awesome driving challenge. If you're in the country during the cooler months and you like adventure, find a group of eager drivers (you'll need at least three vehicles; never drive alone in the desert) and set out for the sand. Be sure that your vehicle is insured for off-road use and that you have the proper equipment. You can arrange camping adventures with a tour company or rent a four wheel drive and buy the equipment yourself.

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Desert Camp

Desert Camp

Experience the breathtaking dunes of Al Khaznah between the UAE capital and our Oasis City of Al Ain. With high dunes and long sand valleys of Abu Dhabi, you'll never get bored of adrenaline fuelled dune bashing. Most desert safaris include a thrill-a-minute spot of dune bashing, sand skiing, quad biking, a visit to a camel farm, camel riding, and a traditional meal under the stars. Overnight stays let you enjoy smoky sunsets and luminous sunrises.

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Camel Rides

Camel Rides

Camels are part of everyday life if you live in the UAE. It’s not unusual to see them roaming in the distance while driving on the highways and camel milk and meat can be seen in many restaurants and supermarkets. As surrounded as we are by all things camel, it’s easy to forget you can actually have a go at riding them. A barbecue dinner and belly dancing complete your evening under Abu Dhabi’s desert stars.

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Camel Racing (Al Wathba)

Camel Racing (Al Wathba)

This is a spectacular sport and a trip to the races can be one of the most memorable highlights of a visit to Abu Dhabi. Cheer on the camels as they gallop around a specially made track, and marvel at how these seemingly ungainly creatures can reach such high speeds. For a taste of this sport, head to the Al Wathba Camel Race Track (about 45km east of Abu Dhabi on the Al Ain Road), or to the Al Maqam Track near Al Ain.