4 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Abu Dhabi

Jul 22, 2021

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is located in the Middle East, and its capital city is home to Yas Island, where the world-famous Formula 1 race takes place every October, and to the 9th-century historic city of Al Ain.

The country's economic future lies in its burgeoning oil industry, which as much as any other nation has shaped the development of the United Arab Emirates, and Abu Dhabi is the center of the UAE's oil-frenzy, providing oil and gas to the world.

Regardless of your reason for visiting, be it in search of culture, adventure, or a bit of relaxation, you will find Abu Dhabi a very exciting city, particularly when you visit Yas Island and its famous Yas Marina Circuit.

And with its myriad of attractions, restaurants and shops, the country is bursting with adventure and excitement. Discover the top places to visit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Ferrari World

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Ferrari World opened in late 2011 and is the world's largest indoor theme park. It features more than 40 rides and attractions and includes Ferrari showrooms, restaurants and a souvenir shop. The park is based around two of Ferrari's most iconic and iconic models, the 550 and the California. One of the park's highlights is the "Amazing" Zero Gravity Coaster, the world's longest and fastest indoor rollercoaster, where you can whizz along a track at speeds of up to 100 km per hour, at an exhilarating and unique angle. Other attractions include a car-racing ride, a vineyard tour and Ferrari themed play areas.

Dubai Mall

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The two megamalls of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Dubai Mall (Dubai Mall) and Mall of the Emirates (MOE) make Dubai Mall the biggest shopping center in the world. It features global brands such as Disney, Bloomingdale's, and Apple Stores, not to mention over 400 specialty stores such as Christian Louboutin, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. There are also numerous restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines, from Chinese and Japanese to a number of international fare options, as well as a number of world-class nightclubs, in particular, after 9 pm on weekends. Although the mall is huge, what sets it apart is the presence of the world's tallest shopping mall. Dubai Mall is the first in the world to reach the world record of 828 meters (2741 ft), having overtaken the former leader, South Korea's E-Mart Center, by 4 meters. Dubai Mall is located next to the city's tallest building, Burj Khalifa.

Bahrain National Museum

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The National Museum of Abu Dhabi in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is an imposing building with modern architectural detailing, which is equally impressive for its contents. From the vast ocean of mummies and artifacts, to Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Chinese and Arabian treasures, there is something for everyone in this brilliant exhibition. Beneath the vast collections of historical treasures, an underground vault features galleries on local life through the centuries, including a section on the pearl diving industry. So, if the ocean of objects, and the smell of the heritage-dust-laden air, has got you exhausted, head underground to cool off!

The Grand Mosque

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Spread across the eastern edge of the city of Abu Dhabi, The Grand Mosque was the first in the world to be built inside a gigantic transparent cube, which acts as both a shelter and as a magnificent monument. This building, constructed using the latest building technology, was inaugurated in 1996 and is situated within the traditional Al Nahyan Islamic center. Other points of interest in Abu Dhabi are the horse racing circuit Al Mamzar, and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center, which holds various expositions and exhibitions. Abu Dhabi has a decent system of public transportation, so even though the buildings are tall and the grounds may not be as large as in other cities, visitors can still find enough to occupy their time.