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Top 05 Tourist Attractions in Abu Dhabi – Explore the Land of the Bani Yas Tribe

Abu Dhabi the capital of the UAE has grown into a cosmopolitan tourist hub that still offers ancient thrills and exotic attractions as part of its allure. Here are the 5 best tourist attractions there.

1

Explore Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This is the city's iconic attraction! A mammoth structure that's made from Macedonian marble this mosque is a marvellous fusion of Ottoman, Mameluke and Fatimid design. A celebration of Islamic architecture this mosque is very modern in every sense. The interior and exterior are enhanced with the skills of artisans using modes such as mosaic tiling, glass work and elegant carvings. Construction took 20 years before it was opened in 2007. This is the largest mosque in the UAE able to hold 40,000 worshipers within its confines. Non-Muslims are allowed guided tours into the mosque dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.

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Take on a Mangrove Kayaking Tour

A fabulous respite from the concreted enclaves of the city, the shoreline of Abu Dhabi home to lush mangrove forests is a marvellous environ to explore. Eco tours offer an insight into the delicate balance of nature there which one can observe by choosing a kayaking tour to match your skill levels and age. For experiencing this spectacular region further you could choose accommodation alongside the mangrove waterfront of Abu Dhabi; since there are a number of major hotel chains that are well established in the city to choose from. As Minor Hotels portfolio reveals, Abu Dhabi caters to the global traveller by offering a range of luxury resorts to choose from. Staying around this district means you get to take on an enchanting night tour of the mangrove swamps.

3

Enjoy Ferrari World

Formula One Racing in all its glory is available at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. A top attraction amongst thrill seekers as well as families, this place has many attractions. Kids can check out the Junior GT Track while those hankering for an adrenaline rush can get on the Flying Aces roller coaster which does a 120kms per hour on a 52 metre high loop; the largest in the world. Vintage car enthusiasts will love the collection of Ferrari models that date back to 1947. In addition, there is the Ferrari games arcade and a tour of the Ferrari factory.

4

Relish and Relax on a Boat Tour

The water offers you the best views of Abu Dhabi's skyscrapers; the view is quite stunning as you gently drift out across the bay. Choose a tour that fits your budget from the many available at the marina with island hopping tours being the more popular choice. A real winner is the enchanting night time cruises on the bay when the city is lit up in a million glittering lights just after a magical sunset engulfs you.

5

Climb to the Observation Deck at 300

Abu Dhabi's equal to Dubai's Burj Khalifa; the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers has an observation deck on the 74th floor. Stunning views across the city are yours to enjoy from there and while non-residents need to purchase tickets to enter they can be redeemed at the Observation Deck restaurant. Variety there is quite wide with snacks, drinks and a marvellous high tea being some of the highlights.

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