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Top 7 things Abu Dhabi is famous for - Some incredible sites worth visiting!

Abu Dhabi is a capital city with many wonders and delights that are waiting to be discovered. Below are some of the most interesting attractions you can encounter in this fascinating city on the desert.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Made to honour Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of UAE, this mosque is a glorious testament to Arabian architecture. It can accommodate around 40,000 worshippers and is one of the biggest in the world. Experience the magnificent structure with over 82 domes and1,000 columns with reflective pools, and ornate to delicate embellishments. The sunset sets off a unique lighting system in harmony with the cycles of the moon and gives off a breathtaking glow to the mosque.


Rub' al Khali

Also named the Great Sandy Desert or the Empty Quarter, it is the biggest sand desert in the world and extends 250,000 square miles. It is furthermore, one of the most significant deserts with resources of petroleum and natural gas underneath its sands. The dunes here are at a height that humans can't even walk over them. You can also visit the tallest dune in the world, Tel Moreeb. The name means Terrifying Mountain! Above 300 meters in height and having a 50° incline, it is a dream for expert bikers and motorists to ascend to its peak.


The Liwa Oasis

It is a half-moon shaped oasis that stretches around 100 km and is 220 km northward of Abu Dhabi at the northern extremity of Rub' Al Khali. Life in the desert you get to witness here is an authentic and fascinating account of living in harsh conditions. Capture the authenticity of people thriving under such conditions.


Masdar City

Discover one of the world's most innovative and high-tech cities in the world. In 2008 the city pledged to become the world's most sustainable city, and lessen consumption of energy and water. The city is still undergoing construction and heralds an exciting glimpse into eco-friendly and sustainable city living.


Yas Island

Just 30 minutes away from the city, the island is home to several theme parks, such as Yas Water world, Ferrari World, and Warner Bros World. Ferrari world has the fastest roller coaster in the world, travelling at 150 mph. There is also a Yas Mall, as well as a Formula One Circuit. The Yas Marina is a great spot to explore the nightlife in Abu Dhabi.

The Eastern Mangroves is a place for those who want some adventure. Kayaking and paddleboarding are popular activities here. You can find plenty of luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi such as the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort.


Yas Waterworld

The theme park is regarded as the best water park in Abu Dhabi and has more than 40 attractions and is separated according to excitement levels.
The Falcon's Falaj is the highest water coaster in the Middle East. Other fun attractions include Water Wars, Canon Point, Marah Fortress, etc. You will never go hungry either, the park has plenty of cafes and restaurants to keep you fueled for the exciting day ahead.


Louvre Abu Dhabi

It is the Middle Eastern extension of the famed museum in France, and its design is exquisite! Its roof is metallic and is decorated with latticework, allowing sun lights to pierce through the domed roof. The effect is enchanting and creates a beautiful atmosphere indoors. The museum showcases antiquities from ancient civilisations all over the world and houses some famous paintings, by the likes of Monet, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Van Gough.