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3 Days in Abu Dhabi

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A beautiful city with many interesting things to do, Abu Dhabi is a middle eastern gem filled with culture, tradition, and heritage. As the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the city is very well maintained, clean, and has great infrastructure for travelers. With some amazing attractions and wonderful eateries, it is quickly becoming a popular Arabian touristic city. In this guide I will take you through a three-day itinerary of fun things to do in the cultural city of Abu Dhabhi.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller

16 Places

5 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

Sacred & Religious Sites

Qasr Al Hosn

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Marina Mall

Shopping Malls

The Corniche

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Emirates Palace

Spas, Architectural Buildings

Day 2

Emirates National Auto Museum

Speciality Museums

Yas Marina Circuit

Auto Race Tracks

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Theme Parks

Yas Mall

Shopping Malls

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Water Parks

The Lemon Tree Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 3

Al Ain National Museum

Speciality Museums

Al Forsan International Sports Resort

Sports Complexes

Emirates Park Zoo

Zoos

Murjan Splash Park

Water Parks

Oceana Restaurant

Restaurants

Mika T's City Tips

  • When visiting local markets or gold souks, remember to bargain.
  • Dress appropriately: showing too much skin will not be appreciated by the local population, and may also cause you problems with the authorities.
  • As a middle eastern desert city, Abu Dhabi has really hot summers. Plan your travels accordingly. While I'd recommend avoiding the height of summer, hotel prices do drop considerably during this period.
  • Alchohol is only served in bars, lounges, and restaurants located within hotels.
  • Taxis are readily available and are quite reasonably priced.
    Day 1
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Mika T Says:

    One of the best attractions in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a beautiful cultural landmark with exquisite architecture and detail. The mosque has the capacity to host 40,000 worshipers at a time, making it one of the largest mosques in the world, and an impressive site to behold. Also here, you will find the world's largest hand-knotted carpet and chandeliers.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open from 9am to 10pm Saturday to Thursday, and from 4:30pm to 10pm on Fridays. (Friday mornings are only for worshipers.)
    • Ladies, you will have to change into an "abaya" (traditional dress) to enter this mosque.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • GRAY LINE TOURS: ABU DHABI ALL DAY 15/10/2018
    • Breathtakingly Beautiful 15/10/2018
    • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
    Address:
    Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, 5th St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 419 1919
    Other:
  • Qasr Al Hosn
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mika T Says:

    Famous for being one of the oldest stone buildings in the city of Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn is a monumental landmark and a beautiful historic site for all visitors to admire in person. Also known as the Old Fort, it dates back to the 1760s. The historical structure teaches its guests all about the culture and traditions of Abu Dhabi.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The annual festival is the best time to visit, when various activities and special events are organized. Check this year's dates online to see if you'll be lucky to catch a festival during your trip.
    • Entry is free!
    • Dress respectfully to enter this site.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    • Original Site of Abu Dhabi 13/10/2018
    • Abu Dhabi attractions 07/10/2018
    • Qasr Al Hosn
    Address:
    Al Hosn Zayed The First St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 800 724
    Other:
  • Marina Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Mika T Says:

    A beautiful mall with a wonderful view, the Marina Mall is a popular touristic shopping destination, filled with both local and international luxury brands. And the fun doesn't stop with shopping: This mall also features an ice rink, a cinema, a bowling alley, and beautiful musical fountains, meaning there's plenty to keep everyone happy. The undisputed highlight, however, is a 100 meter-tall platform that gives you a beautiful view of the city.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is an official Machester City Football Club store here, the first in the region.
    • Parking is easy to find.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • High End 👍 14/10/2018
    • Everything you can think of 09/10/2018
    • Marina Mall
    Address:
    Marina Mall 18 St
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 681 2310
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 23:00
    Sat - Wed
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • The Corniche
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Mika T Says:

    A great place to spend a few hours with family or friends, the Abu Dhabi Corniche has lots to do along its stretch of eight kilometers. Take a walk to enjoy the view, let the kids explore the children's play area, cycle along the special pathway, or simply laze on the wonderful beach area. There is also a good number of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pick up supplies and have an awesome picnic here.
    • Bring your swimwear in case you feel like a dip.
    • Fridays can be crowded here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A good place to stroll when it is not too hot 15/10/2018
    • Prominent Oceanfront Area Worth Visiting 14/10/2018
    • The Corniche
    Phone:
    +971 52 308 7786
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
  • Emirates Palace
    Spas, Architectural Buildings
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    Mika T Says:

    An iconic attraction and a landmark building in Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Palace may be a hotel, but visitors to the city shouldn't leave without seeing this monumental structure in person. Emirates Palace is beautifully constructed and —known for being the city's 7-star hotel — is also the epitome of luxury. A great place to dine and experience true Arabian culture.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to make a reservation for this restaurant.
    • Located in the heart of the city, this hotel is easily accessible by taxi.
    • If gratuity has not already been added to your bill, you might tip 10-15%.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 69 Spas & Wellness in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely lunch in the Italian restaurant Mezzaluna 15/10/2018
    • Majestic 14/10/2018
    • Emirates Palace
    Address:
    West End Corniche
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 690 9000
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Emirates National Auto Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Mika T Says:

    If you are a car lover, this is the place for you. Emirates National Auto Museum houses approximately 200 cars, all of which belong to His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, a member of the royal family of the UAE. The collection features American-made cars, four wheelers, and the world's largest truck.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Located 45 kilometers south of Abu Dhabi.
    • Children under 10 enter for free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Place 06/10/2018
    • awesome stop for car lovers (for everyone too) 04/10/2018
    • Emirates National Auto Museum
    Address:
    Hameem-Abu Dhabi Rd
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 55 749 2155
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Yas Marina Circuit
    Auto Race Tracks
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    Mika T Says:

    If you love cars, racing, or any other motor sport, then you will love the Yas Marina Circuit. Here you get to experience the same adrenaline rush that F1 racers feel when they zoom around the tarmac. Sign up for one of the various packages to fulfill your own need for speed!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is a pricey experience, but definitely worth it for F1 fans.
    • You can your book tickets online.
    • Located very close to Ferrari World — you can visit both in one day if you like.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Super experience with the venue tour! 14/10/2018
    • Tuesday evening walk 14/10/2018
    • Yas Marina Circuit
    Address:
    Yas Marina Yas Leisure Dr
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 659 9999
    Other:
  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    Theme Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    The first Ferrari based theme park in the world, Ferrari World is an amazing place to enjoy with your friends or family, and experience the fun of everything Ferrari! (It is also the largest indoor theme park in the world!) You'll learn a lot about the brand, the car mechanics, and the history of the company. Most importantly, however, you'll get to experience the fastest roller coaster in the world here which is super awesome!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online.
    • You can get a better deal if you buy a combo ticket for Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld.
    • On the weekends the lines are really long for the fastest roller coaster. If possible, try to visit on a weekday (Sunday to Thursday, as weekend in Abu Dhabi is Friday and Saturday).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    • GRAY LINE TOURS: ABU DHABI ALL DAY 15/10/2018
    • Vacation 15/10/2018
    • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    Address:
    Yas Leisure Drive
    Yas Island
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 496 8000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Yas Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Mika T Says:

    One of the best malls in the city, Yas Mall is the biggest in the capital and the second largest in the UAE. A huge variety of international and national brands can be found here, plus plenty of entertainment options including the biggest cinema in the city. You won't go hungry either, with over 60 eateries to tempt your taste buds. Shopaholics heaven, Yas Mall is a must-visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The mall is huge, so wear comfortable shoes!
    • Parking is available easily, except on weekends (Friday and Saturday) when it gets very busy.
    • Only 10 minutes from the airport.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Superb and not overly crowded 14/10/2018
    • Best Mall in Abu Dhabi 10/10/2018
    • Yas Mall
    Address:
    Yas Mall Yas Leisure Dr
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 800 9276255
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 00:00
    Sat - Wed
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
    Water Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    Yas Waterworld is one of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi, especially if you love water parks. With 42 rides and slides to choose from, the variety is endless, and several thrilling attractions will keep adrenaline fans happy. Plus, this huge water park has some record-breaking rides, too, such as the world's first and largest six-person tornado water slide!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Located very close to Ferrari World. You can buy a good value combo ticket to visit both parks.
    • The park is super clean and well maintained.
    • On weekends and public holidays it can be very busy, with long lines at the most popular rides. Go on a weekday if you're flexible (Sunday to Thursday, as weekend in Abu Dhabi is Friday and Saturday).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great visit in Aug 2018 15/10/2018
    • Tour 14/10/2018
    • Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
    Address:
    Yas Leisure Drive
    Abu Dhabi 00000
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 600 511115
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • The Lemon Tree Restaurant
    Restaurants (Arabic)
    Mika T Says:

    Great food, good ambiance and exceptional service are what Lemon Tree is known for. They serve a mix of delicious Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine, as well as hosting special theme nights. For example, Fridays are 'Italian Night,' with unlimited antipasti, while Tuesday 'Spanish Night' means great tapas.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Make reservations in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Always impress me 28/03/2017
    • Great food. 08/01/2017
    • The Lemon Tree Restaurant
    Address:
    31st Street, Between Muroor And Airport Road
    Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 657 4857
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 02:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Al Ain National Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Mika T Says:

    A beautiful way to learn about and experience the history of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, the Al Ain National Museum is a fun destination for family and friends alike. The museum showcases numerous archaeological findings from the area, unique gifts received by the founder of the UAE (H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan), and an interesting section dedicated to ethnography.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 32 things to do in Al Ain
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • excellent a definite place to visit when you in the uae 30/08/2018
    • nice and informative visit on a very hot day 15/07/2018
    • Al Ain National Museum
    Phone:
    +971 3 711 8331
    Other:
  • Al Forsan International Sports Resort
    Sports Complexes
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    Mika T Says:

    For all those sports fans, Al Forsan International Sports Resort is great place to enjoy a very active line-up. Here you can experience motor sports such as karting and off-roading, paintball, and several forms of shooting — including archery or rifle and handgun ranges — plus horse riding, water sports, and more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A good place to learn new sports or enjoy the ones you love doing at home. There are many beginners packages on offer.
    • There are some great dining options here, if you want to stay for dinner.
    • General entry is free — guests pay per activity.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great activities fun for kids 02/10/2018
    • multi sports 30/09/2018
    • Al Forsan International Sports Resort
    Address:
    At the intersection of 12th and 15th Streets
    Khalifa City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 656 5656
    Other:
  • Emirates Park Zoo
    Zoos
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    Mika T Says:

    If you love nature and animals, you will love the Emirates Park Zoo. Home to 1,700 beautiful animals, this place is a lot of fun for all ages. There are two separate areas: 'Predators' and 'Wild Animals,' each featuring some rare and beautiful animals. Among them you will find white tigers, Siberian bears, zebras, and cheetahs.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The tickets are very reasonably priced. Kids 2 years old and under enter for free, and there are great discounts for those aged 2-6.
    • Free parking is available here.
    • Remember to bring your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wildlife at your reach 04/10/2018
    • well organized 30/09/2018
    • Emirates Park Zoo
    Address:
    12th Street
    Al Bahia
    Abu Dhabi 111026
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 501 0000
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    09:30 - 20:00
    Thu - Sat
    09:30 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Murjan Splash Park
    Water Parks
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    Mika T Says:

    Since Abu Dhabi is a warm city, the Murjan Splash Park is always a welcome place for you to cool down with friends or family. It's lots of fun for kids especially, since many rides are designed for children aged 12 and under. They also have a super fun lazy river which is very relaxing for the grown-ups, and a great way to soak up the sun while cooling down at the same time!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Children under 75 centimeters (29.5 inches) tall enter for free.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 110 things to do in Abu Dhabi
    • good for young kids but boring for adult 11/07/2018
    • Fun place for small kids 08/07/2018
    • Murjan Splash Park
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan St
    Al Salam Street
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 50 878 1009
    Other:
  • Oceana Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, European, International, Asian)
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    Mika T Says:

    A great restaurant with perhaps the best buffet in the city, Oceana is located in the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi. The restaurant offers truly amazing international cuisine, the service is great, and the ambiance and decor are second to none. It's a must for all foodies!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Credit cards are accepted.
    • An optional tip of 10% of the total bill is suggested if you like the service.
    • The chocolate cheesecake is amazing.
    • All the meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are offered as buffets. Dinner is the best!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 1,744 restaurants in Abu Dhabi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Friday Brunch 12/10/2018
    • Great 12/06/2018
    • Oceana Restaurant
    Address:
    Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Rd
    Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street
    Abu Dhabi 2785
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 2 617 0000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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