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6 Tourist Attractions in Abu Dhabi

Must-see spots that scream "holiday in the city!"

Roaming in Abu Dhabi is pretty fascinating since there are a lot of places that are either low-key or pushing on the "high-roller" meter. Take some time and explore these great leisure spots.


Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

Take a ride on the Formula Rossa- the world's fastest rollercoaster at the world's biggest indoor theme park, Ferrari World. There are thrilling rides, performances, gorgeous vintage car exhibitions and awesome computer simulations. The whole family can sit down to some delicious Italian-style cuisine in a food-court setting. However, a little something to keep in mind before you go there is to check that the rides you want are open, so the kids aren't disappointed later. One way to enjoy the park is to stay at a luxury hotel nearby like the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara which is less than half an hour away.


Manarat Al Saadiyat

Here's a rather lavish place for relaxation that is all about the heritage and new developments of the dazzling Abu Dhabi city. Manarat Al Saadiyat is a definite must-see during the Abu Dhabi Art Fair. On most occasions, however, the centre holds awesome exhibitions, art shows and talks which are very enjoyable. There's also the Fanr Restaurant which is a classy place for some din din in case you want to stop for a tasty meal before you continue with the day's events. Art lovers and appreciators from all over the world unite here to enjoy this beautifully aesthetic hotspot.


Emirates Palace Hotel

This magnificent structure was built in 2006 and is now the city's most popular and significant hotel. It is a rather luxurious affair with its interior decorated in gold and marble and impressive parking space which can keep up to 2500 vehicles. The hotel even has a vending machine in gold just for added effect. Don't worry if you are not planning to stay, the management graciously allows visitors to take a stroll through the hotel for no charge. If you do happen to visit, be sure to check out the many historical art sculptures found around the hotel.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

While the mosque is a place of spiritual significance, for the first-timer, the mere design of the place is enough to be in awe of it. This landmark is a piece of fantastic architectural work and the interior of the mosque is also something to behold. You will find enormous crystal chandeliers crafted by German hands and exquisite mosaics too. See the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world and a wonderful library filled with rare calligraphy. Entrance is free but anyone who visits the mosque is expected to cover their shoulders and legs. If you are visiting Abu Dhabi, a luxury hotel in the central region would be ideal since the mosque is just 20 minutes away by car.


Qasr Al Hosn

It was the Bani Yas tribes who constructed a watchtower from coral and sea stone in the 18th century when they discovered fresh water at its site. Now Abu Dhabi's oldest building stands as a testament to just how far the city has grown when you consider its astonishing development. The fort is a stunning piece of history and should not be missed. While you are there taking pictures, you can also visit its neighbor, a multimedia exhibition where experts guarantee you a digital experience you will never forget.


Yas Waterworld

Abu Dhabi has something for everyone in this attractive aqua park. You will find some pretty cool rides here. Have a go at the Liwa Loop where you are kept inside a chamber until the jaw dropping moment when the floor falls away from underneath your feet. With its fun and adrenaline-packed water slides, rides, and attractions, Yas Waterworld is one place where the adults and children can have themselves a really good time on holiday. While the children ride the kiddie slides, the adults can enjoy a dangerous thrill surfing the world's largest artificial wave! The water park is open daily from morning to evening but, remember that the biggest crowds turn up during the weekend.