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5 Top-Rated Attractions to Visit in Abu Dhabi – The Treasures of the Metropolis

Abu Dhabi is a land of wonder. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a destination brimming with spectacular attractions to be seen and adventures to be discovered. So, if you ever find yourself on vacation in this bustling metropolis, here're 5 attractions you can't afford to miss.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The massive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi's most popular landmark by far – a sprawling work of construction that's accentuated by a myriad of intricate designs. In many ways, the mosque is meant to be an architectural fusion of various Islamic architectural styles including Mameluke, Ottoman, and Fatimid design elements. Once you venture inside, you'll witness elaborate glass-work, stunning mosaic tiling and spectacular carvings – it is truly a sight to behold. Non-Muslims are free to explore all areas of the mosque and there are even guided tours available, so don't fail to take advantage of this opportunity.

2

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Paying homage to its French namesake, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the region's most spectacular art museum, one which celebrates mankind's most remarkable achievements of creativity and brilliance. Items on display include ornate Egyptian statues to the famous paintings of artist extraordinaire, Pablo Picasso. The building itself is a treat to behold, one which combines a touch of sophistication with contemporary architecture to create an abode truly worthy of the grand works of art displayed within.

3

Mangrove Kayaking Tours

If you're up for a little adventure and want to break a sweat while you're at it, just head on over to the mangrove forests that flourish around the outskirts of the city. Here you can book yourself a kayaking tour through the forests; don't worry if you're not that familiar with kayaking, tours are available for all ages and experience levels! This eco-tour will allow you to get a closer look at the beautiful yet fragile ecosystem that exists within the mangroves. You can even book a special night tour to see all the rare nocturnal creatures that come out to forage.

4

Ferrari World

This branded theme park brings the thrill of F1 racing into Abu Dhabi – it's a favourite hangout for the city's adrenaline junkies and aspiring speed demons. It's also a great place to visit with your family as well; little kids will have the opportunity to learn some early driving skills at the Junior GT Park. Adults, on the other hand, can test their mettle by riding on one of the fastest roller coasters in the world – the Flying Aces roller coaster. If you're staying at an establishment belonging to an international hotel group – say for example the Minor Hotels – you're more than likely just a few minutes away from the theme park

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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is a veterinary and rehabilitation centre for injured birds of prey. The establishment is also open for visitors who want to get up-close and personal with these fascinating predators. If you can hold your nerve, you might even get to balance a bird on your arm and feed it directly from your hand!

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