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Lesser Known Places in Abu Dhabi - Activities and attractions you can’t overlook this vacation!

Abu Dhabi is known for its high rises and post-modern cityscape. But there's a lot more to the city than most people realise. Here's a rundown of some unusual sights to see in the area.


Drifting sands

Climb the Jebel Hafeet Mountain to see this incredible natural spectacle, which is very rare. It does not necessitate visitors to have prior physical training and is suitable for people at all fitness levels. Since the climb is very long, you will be exhausted by the time you reach the top. You will, however, be greeted with a stunning view of the sand dunes. This is among the locations in Abu Dhabi where you can take breathtaking photos directly from the peak of the mountain. Additionally, aim to find accommodation that is conveniently situated enough that you can quickly get around tourist attractions like these. For example, you can check out an Abu Dhabi spa resort the likes of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara.


Sir Bani Yas Island

This island, which is part of the Emirates, is a must-see for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Over thirty species of mammals and birds, as well as a variety of unusual plants, call this island their home. The country's diverse habitats can be seen here on this incredible island. There are also some rare flowers and trees! The restoration effort that took place here has been a huge success, which is why so many tourists come to this island. Don't miss out on seeing the Arabian horses that have been raised here. Horseback riders can take beautiful scenic tours around this island!



As a Middle Eastern region, Abu Dhabi has a plethora of spectacular deserts. The Liwa desert's brilliant oasis is a must-see. The majority of the country's state officials and influential residents enjoy their weekends at the Oasis. During the week, all visitors are permitted to visit this place. The sand dunes, which are the world's largest, are the major attraction that draws huge numbers of tourists. As a result, don't be shocked if you witness sand surfers manoeuvring across the dunes. You may also participate in this sport. Simply master the fundamentals and you'll be good to go!


Ferrari World

Another incredible attraction you would not hope to find in Abu Dhabi is the Ferrari world's recreation projects. There are some really exciting rides that you must try. This involves special rollercoasters, one of which is the world's fastest. Well-known racers were a part of this project. As a result, anticipate adrenaline-pumping runs and rides here!


Pearl Diving

Do you need to do something different this holiday? If that's the case, you might want to try pearl diving. You will be free to invade a large reservoir filled to its brim with clear waters to collect oysters that have pearls. For this operation, you will not be provided with any equipment. To try your luck, you must take a huge breath of air to dive in to find pearls. And keep in mind that you only have one hour to finish this search. You must locate three oysters!