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Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Abu Dhabi – A Trip to Remember

Abu Dhabi continues to be a fascinating getaway with top rated tourist attractions. Once simply a small fishing village, the city has grown considerably. Here are some not to be missed sites.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This giant mosque is quite the signature building in Abu Dhabi with its Macedonian marbles. If you are familiar with architecture, you will notice that the mosque is a fine blend of Mameluke, Ottoman and Fatamid design elements which form a uniquely modern mosque. The glasswork and the variety of tiles and complicated carvings add a splendid effect to the mosque’s structure. It took 20 whole years to finish because of the complex architecture. Believe it or not, the mosque can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. No wonder, it is reputed as the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The mosque is named after a late Sultan by the name of Sheikh Zayed.
You do not have to be a Muslim to enter the premises and tour around. You can also opt in for a guided tour. Consider basing yourself at hotels in Sir Bani Yas Island such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi and make an excursion to this sacred site.


Heritage Village

Heritage Village takes you to the period before oil was discovered. You will find this village situated in the city’s coastal side. The village is an ideal setting for you to explore. You will come across various traditional objects of local agriculture and the pearl-diving trade which used to be the lifeblood in Abu Dhabi.


Al-Hosn Palace

You will feel more familiar with its other name, Old Fort. The place is also known as the White Fort. The building’s worth lies very much in its age – it is the oldest building you will find in Abu Dhabi. This palace, built in 1793, served as the official residence for the government head. The interior you see today is very much different to how it used to be. It is now occupied by the Cultural Foundation as a centre for documentation and research. Inside the palace, you can enter the museum where traditional artefacts and historical pictures are stored for exhibition. The courtyard and the tiles have added a splendid touch to the fort’s structure. The museum also has a section dedicated for history. There you will find quite a lot of information about the desert including its wildlife.


The Women's Craft Centre

Abu Dhabi’s women have versatile skills such as weaving, embroidery and basketry. If you plan to take some keepsake back home, this is the place where you can look around for a good one. They have various items such as shawls, slippers, bags, carpets and textiles, trays and baskets.


Observation Deck

You can call it a replica of Burj Khalifa of Dubai, as you enjoy a skyline view from here. You need to buy a ticket upon entering, but can redeem the ticket fee if you buy refreshments from the deck restaurant.