21 Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi

Aside from being the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in terms of land area. That being said, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do in this amazing city!

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Abu Dhabi also happens to be one of the world’s biggest oil producers, making it one of the wealthiest cities globally. Being the seat of the President of the UAE, it features cultural and heritage sites, along with modern infrastructure, leisure destinations, and exciting attractions!

Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi
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When in Abu Dhabi: A “Must Visit” List

Planning to travel around Abu Dhabi? Not to worry, because we have gathered the following list of places to see in the capital… just for you!

#1 – Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation
Managed by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation includes the Institute of Culture and Arts, National Archives, and National Library. It is the perfect destination for culture lovers!

#2 – Abu Dhabi Ice Rink
You heard that right! The city has its very own ice rink, where you can enjoy skating with your friends. You may also want to try their ice hockey lessons during weekends!

#3 – Abu Dhabi Mall
There are quite a number of malls in the capital, yet the Abu Dhabi Mall is certainly worth mentioning! With 200 retail shops, dining outlets, play areas, and a Cineplex — there is never a dull moment here!

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#4 – Al Maqtaa Fort
Around two centuries ago, the Al Maqtaa Fort was built along the edge of Abu Dhabi. Back then, it served to protect the city. Today, it symbolizes Abu Dhabi’s colorful history and legacy.

#5 – Emirates National Auto Museum
Have you ever visited a car museum? If not, then you should definitely head to the Emirates National Auto Museum! Aside from the wide variety of cars on display, it also has military vehicles that are worth a look!

#6 – Capital Gate
You can’t miss seeing the Capital Gate, a towering structure that tilts at 18 degrees. Notably, it holds the record as the world’s most “lopsided” structure!

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#7 – Emirates Palace Hotel
The seven-star Emirates Palace Hotel is one of the most popular — not to mention prestigious — destinations in Abu Dhabi. Set amid gorgeous gardens and fountains, it’s simply a spectacular place!

#8 – Falcon City
Falcons are considered as “iconic birds” of the UAE, and you can see many of them at Falcon City, an award-winning hospital that serves as a habitat for these majestic creatures.

#9 – Ferrari World
Other than having the world’s largest Ferrari store, Ferrari World also happens to be the world’s biggest indoor theme park! Check out their thrilling rides, awesome restaurants, and shops for grabbing some souvenirs!

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#10 – Heritage Village
As its very name suggests, Heritage Village is a place where you can learn about Abu Dhabi’s history. Here, you will find traditional dwellings, souqs, and fishing villages that are reminiscent of earlier times.

#11 – Khalifa Park
Abu Dhabi has several parks, including Khalifa Park at Al Matar. The place includes a museum, a mosque, and an amphitheatre — aside from beautiful gardens, of course!

#12 – Manarat Al Saadiyat
Art lovers, this is for you! The Manarat Al Saadiyat is basically the “Arts Centre” of Abu Dhabi. It often hosts international exhibits, where you can gaze upon numerous works of art!

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#13 – Oasis City
Toward the east of Abu Dhabi, you will find the Oasis City of Al Ain. Situated near Jebel Hafeet — the tallest peak in the emirate — the city also has museums, parks, and other sites for you to explore!

#14 – Qasr Al Hosn
Also known as “White Fort” or “Old Fort,” Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest historic building in Abu Dhabi. Up until 1996, it served as the seat of the UAE government, so it is a very significant place, indeed!

#15 – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Comprising of 80 domes and a thousand columns, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s biggest mosques, and it’s right here in Abu Dhabi! It’s open for free to all visitors, so don’t miss a trip to this beautiful architectural wonder!

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#16 – Women’s Handicraft Centre
Operated by the Abu Dhabi Women’s Association, the Women’s Handicraft Centre features textiles, handicrafts, pottery, and performed oils locally made in the emirate.

#17 – Saadiyat Island
The famous Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenhein Abu Dhabi are situated on Saadiyat Island, making it a must-visit arts and cultural centre!

#18 – The Corniche
The Abu Dhabi Corniche is a place to spend relaxing afternoons and weekends with your family. Here, you can marvel at the city’s spectacular buildings, while taking a walk or going for a run around beautiful parks and fountains.

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#19 – Yas Marina Circuit
Did you know that Abu Dhabi has its very own, world-class F1 race track? That’s right! The Yas Marina Circuit offers a chance for everyone to bring out their own “inner” racer!

#20 – Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Having been ranked among the best golf courses in the world, Yas Links Abu Dhabi is a dream destination for both professional golfers as well as golf enthusiasts.

#21 – Zayed Centre
Situated in the aforementioned Heritage Village is the Zayed Centre. As you may have guessed, this museum presents personal memorabilia of the late Sheikh Zayed, founding father of the UAE. Here, you can learn more about his life and legacy!

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If you are thinking of visiting Abu Dhabi, then be sure to check out all the places on this list! And don’t worry if you don’t have your own car, because you can easily reach these destinations by riding comfortable public buses within and around the emirate!