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Experience Abu Dhabi

Hallmarked by a cultural diversity and an intriguing mix of old and new, Abu Dhabi has UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ground-breaking architectural icons, headline adrenaline attractions, award winning golf courses, luxury resorts and some of the region’s best shopping malls.

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Activities

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Culture, history and adventure co-exist in this emirate, offering visitors a variety of exciting ways to experience the emirate by air, by land or by sea.

Zoom to the pace of a speedboat tour of Abu Dhabi’s coastline, tune to the sound of the wind while sand skiing in the sunset, and enjoy breath-taking views from our clear skies. And whether you’re experiencing an adrenaline-rush while challenging enormous sand dunes, exploring the city in an open top double-decker bus, or cruising our waters in a traditional pearling boat, you will discover more than you originally thought.

Camel Racing - This is a spectacular sport and a trip to the races can be one of the most memorable highlights of a visit to Abu Dhabi. Cheer on the camels as they gallop around a specially made track, and marvel at how these seemingly ungainly creatures can reach such high speeds. Races normally take place on weekend mornings, with additional races on public holidays.

Horse Racing - Horses are of great heritage significance in Abu Dhabi, which has a wealth of equestrian talent. The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is the home of horse racing in the capital with around 16 race meetings a year, usually held in the afternoons or evenings throughout the cooler season, and admission is free. The race night atmosphere is hard to beat, with six races per evening, starting at 30 minute intervals. There is no betting, but the Tri Cast Competition invites race goers to pick the first three finishers in each race, with prizes for the winners.

Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey - Giving visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience and greater understanding of the Arabian Gulf’s ancient pearling industry, the trips start at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa and last up to 90 minutes. Guests climb aboard Jalboot - a traditional pearling dhow with a maximum capacity of 15 people - and set off on a leisurely cruise along the quiet channel lying between Abu Dhabi and Hudairi Yat islands. Seated on traditional Arabian floor cushions, guests enjoy locally-made Arabic coffee and dates while an Emirati guide explains how the country’s forefathers dedicated their lives to diving for seashells in the hope of finding valuable pearls to trade or manufacture jewelry. Local Arabic snacks are served, while a crew member sings traditional Emirati sea-faring songs.

Drive Yas Marina Circuit - Experience the Yas Marina Circuit louder, faster and in person: if you are a motorsport fan, booking a track experience is a unique opportunity. Yas Racing offers a variety of options, to suit all tastes. A series of track day packages are available, including ‘Driver Experiences’, ‘Passenger Experiences’, ‘Private Driving Tuition’ programmes and ‘Racing License Courses’.

Henna Painting - Using henna to decorate the skin is very popular with female visitors to Abu Dhabi. Henna is a plant dye that has been used throughout Arabia for centuries. It is used on women's hands, feet and hair. Generally, Arabic henna features large, floral patterns and these ‘tattoos' are painless and wash off in a week. The dye comes from the leaves of the henna tree, which are dried and ground. Water is then added to form a paste.

Golf #INABUDHABI - With fabulous courses carved out of the desert and along spectacular coastlines, diversity of experiences characterise Abu Dhabi’s great golf offering – you can play a different course for a totally different experience every day for five days!

Food Experience Tour - Embark on a culinary tour of Abu Dhabi’s truly traditional food outlets and savour some of the most beloved dishes on offer in the UAE. The experience includes a shared lunch or dinner of authentic Emirati cuisine and – of course – a sampling of Arabic sweets and coffee.

Cycle Abu Dhabi Corniche - Jump on a bike and enjoy the soaring cityscape on one side and the beautiful calm water of the Arabian Gulf on the other as you cycle along the famous Abu Dhabi Corniche. The ride will be led by an Emirati, who will regale you with stories of the buildings as you pass.

Arts

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Abu Dhabi is home to several reputable galleries featuring interesting exhibitions of local art and traditional Arabian artifacts.

Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the public on 11 November 2017. It is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. Manarat Al Saadiyat - This purpose built visitor centre - Manarat Al Saadiyat (which translates from Arabic as 'a place that provides enlightenment') is home to the annual Abu Dhabi Art. A popular art fair and a modern and contemporary art platform with public programs, the event brings to the UAE capital leading art galleries from across the world.

Abu Dhabi Art Hub is the first artist-run community in the UAE and a true oasis of artistic development in the Middle East. Defining itself as a ‘platform for interaction and cross-cultural artistic exchanges between national, regional and international artists’, the Art Hub is a space destined to ‘live, create, exhibit’. This is done through the centre’s artist residency programs, offered to both foreign and emerging local artists, and numerous creative workshops. Its diverse exhibitions are a treat for all contemporary art enthusiasts and range from country-specific collections such as Canadian, Filipino or French Art Months, to art fairs and solo exhibits.

Beaches

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Corniche Beach
This lengthy stretch of beach extends along Corniche Road from near the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, where you’ll find its main entrance.

Abu Dhabi’s pristine Corniche beachfront has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status - the internationally renowned eco-label for beaches and marinas that guarantees clean and safe bathing water.

Yas Beach
Set on a majestic stretch of white sand, and easily connected to all of the island’s diverse leisure activities, this laid-back beach is a blissful new development on the emirate’s entertainment district.

Saadiyat Beach
The first public beach on Saadiyat Island - home to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition centre, Saadiyat Beach Club and two five-star beachfront resorts operated by St. Regis and Park Hyatt – offers multiple facilities and activities for trendy beachgoers and sun-lounging guests.

Mirfa Beach
Home to the Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, this is the Al Dhafra’s only developed beach. It's almost never crowded and there is a small town nearby where you can buy supplies for a night of camping or a day of enjoying the turquoise waters. It's one of the region's best kept secrets.

Saadiyat Beach Club
This is the only beach club on Saadiyat Island, which is a 15 minute drive from Abu Dhabi city centre and 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Culture

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Abu Dhabi's culture is firmly rooted in Arabia's Islamic traditions, creating a shining example of Islam's true commitment to tolerance and hospitality. The combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage has created an intriguing mix of new and old.

Qasr Al Muwaiji
The historic Qasr Al Muwaiji – birthplace of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE – has been restored to its former glory and reopened to the public as a museum and permanent exhibition.

Located in the centre of Al Ain city, Qasr al Muwaiji is an impressive structure that has watched over the oasis for more than 100 years. Built in the early 20th century, this simple but striking building was originally used as a diwan (a council or seat of governance) and as a place for the community to congregate.

Wahat Al Karama
Wahat Al Karama is a permanent tribute to UAE’s brave soldiers and other Emiratis who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the Nation. Wahat Al Karama is a place where citizens, residents and visitors to the UAE can pay homage to those who selflessly gave their life to a cause greater than themselves. They will continue to inspire us, and we will keep their memories alive through this memorial.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Close to Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s largest and most advanced falcon hospital. Its highlight is a falcon display museum as well as a facility with free-flying falcons.

Al Ain Camel Market
This is the last souk of its kind in the UAE, east of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, and is an excellent opportunity to see camels up close and see and hear traders discussing the price and merits of their animals. There are some excellent photo opportunities, but be careful where you point your lens and always ask permission first.

Saluki Center
This centre honours the desert traditions of hunting, training and breeding Salukis - a distinctive breed of dog found in desert regions. The centre invites visitors to learn more about the unique traits and care of this type of dog.

Women’s Handicraft Center
This creative initiative is run by the Abu Dhabi Women's Association as a showcase for local arts and crafts. The small museum within is the chance to examine and learn about local artists' handiwork. There is also a shop on site.

Al Reef Handicraft Training Center
This educational centre at Al Ain Sportplex gives you the chance to learn how to make traditional handicrafts. The centre encourages residents and tourists to know more about the UAE heritage during training sessions held by specialised staff. The sessions are classified according to age group and gender and kids can attend if they are above five years old. You must register before attending!

Warehouse 421
Warehouse421 is a cultural destination and exhibition space in Abu Dhabi’s port area of Mina Zayed. It takes its name from warehouses that have been transformed to become a platform for artistic expression, understanding, and further development of the UAE’s creative community.

Events

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The Emirate’s packed events calendar means visitors can join in host of world-class experiences.

December – February
International Emirates Photography Competition Exhibitions – Running under the broad theme of ‘Decisive Moment’, this highly acclaimed annual international competition showcases professional and amateur photography vying for a share of the prize purse of over US $135,000. Up to 300 entries, selected by a jury of international experts, will go on display. Entrance is free. The winning photos are also published in a book.

January
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championshio – Expect the Unexpected characterizes this annual PGA Tour curtain raiser. Held at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the championship has an engaging spectator village and after-play entertainment to make it a great day out.

February
Gorumet Abu Dhabi – This is a ‘lifestyle gastronomic extravaganza’ featuring a star-studded cast of Michelin-star chefs and special guests, master classes, industry insights from hospitality experts, and Chateau and gourmet dinners hosted by a range of the UAE capital’s top hotels.

March
Abu Dhabi International Triathlon- This annual event attract the world’s best triathletes and international amateurs. The race is contested across three distances.

April
Abu Dhabi Festival – This highly successful international festival advances classical music fine arts among Abu Dhabi residents and visitors.

June
SummerFest Abu Dhabi – A mega summer promotion with spectacular flight, attraction and hotel deals, this is a month-long blockbuster, family-centric event packed full of fun, entertainment, action-packed activities and shows.

July
Liwa Date Festival – This annual event explores the intricacies of date production and the varied products this desert fruit is now lending itself to.

August
Eidfest Abu Dhabi – Our Eid. Your Eid – A concept which bring a collection of celebratory activities to Abu Dhabi’s visitors and residents, this thirds edition of the biannual festival, centers on the Islamic festivities of Eid Al Fitr and brings to life, once again, the spirit of sharing.

September
Abu Dhabi Hunting & Equestrian (ADIHEX) – This is the Arabian Gulf’s most renowned hunting and equestrian exhibition where visitros can enjoy camel auctions, saluki and falcon beauty contests, art and coffee-making competitions and variety of traditional hunting and equestrian activities.

October
EidFest Abu Dhabi – Our Eid, Your Eid – A A concept which bring a collection of celebratory activities to Abu Dhabi’s visitors and residents, this thirds edition of the biannual festival, centers on the Islamic festivities of Eid Al Fitr and brings to life, once again, the spirit of sharing.

November
Formalua 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – The highlight of Abu Dhabi’s annual motorsport calendar, the grand Prix is held at the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit, although the entire city catches race fever.

Explore The Outdoors

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Jebel Hafeet
Rising 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second. This towering rocky height, which stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman, is forged out of craggy limestone that has been weathered over millions of years. Significant fossil discoveries have been made in the area, which are vital pieces in the jigsaw of the city’s ancient history.

Dune Bashing
With high dunes and long sand valleys, you'll never get bored of adrenaline fuelled dune bashing in Abu Dhabi. Experience the breath taking dunes between the UAE capital and our Oasis City of Al Ain or explore the desert expanse outside the Liwa oasis in Al Dhafra.

Sand boarding & Skiing
Skiing takes on a whole new meaning on Abu Dhabi’s desert dunes. Boasting the world’s largest dunes, towering hundreds of metres above the surrounding plains, the Liwa Oasis on the edges of the Rub al-Khali or Empty Quarter is a sand skier’s paradise. So strap on your sand board and sashay down the seemingly endless red sand slopes for an exhilarating experience.

Desert Safaris & Camping
Experience the breathtaking dunes of Al Khaznah between the UAE capital and our Oasis City of Al Ain or explore the desert expanse outside the Liwa oasis in Al Dhafra. With high dunes and long sand valleys, you'll never get bored of adrenaline fuelled dune bashing.

Off-road Driving
The massive Empty Quarter dunes present an awesome driving challenge. If you're in the country during the cooler months and you like adventure, rent a four wheel drive, find a group of eager drivers (you'll need at least three vehicles; never drive alone in the desert) and set out for the sand.

Family

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A destination for the whole family, Abu Dhabi invites you to discover the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, to have an adrenaline rush while challenging the world’s fastest roller coaster in the largest indoor theme park, to take a stroll in the relaxing Al Ain Oasis, to feed the animals in the emirate’s engaging zoos, or to have a great day out on the UAE capital’s landmark Corniche.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is designed for those with an appetite for G-force and velocity. Home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, this is the only place on the planet where you can be blasted to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds, just for fun! Take a look at just a few of our favorite things to do at this one of a kind theme park.

Yas Waterworld
A legendary adventure suitable for all ages! Enjoy 45 rides, slides and attractions before sampling one of our amazing restaurants. Choose from burgers and BBQ chicken wings, pizza and even Indian food. There's plenty of choice for lighter snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Wadi Adventures
The region’s first man-made white water rafting, kayaking and surf facility built in the foothills of the majestic Jebel Hafeet. The park’s 3.3 metre man-made surf wave is the world’s largest and its 1.7 kilometre kayaking channel network is the world’s longest.

Surfing Magazine has voted Wadi Adventure’s surf pool on to its ‘50 Favourite Surfing Sites’ list. The magazine ranks the pool - the only man-made attraction on the list - as the 41st best surfing beach in the world, even though it has artificially created waves.

Al Ain Zoo
Founded in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed, the Father of our nation, Al Ain Zoo is a true family destination, providing entertainment and learning experiences in a natural outdoor environment. Today, visitors of all ages discover the zoo's wildlife and enjoy a great day out packed with fun and adventure, and explore our large animal collection of over 3,500 animals.

Emirates Park Zoo
With over 1700 animals, including a majestic pair of white tigers, a 31-year-old, 300kg-plus Siberian bear, lions, cheetahs and dozens of zebras housed in the zoo’s ‘Predators’ and ‘Wild Animals’ enclosures, the Emirates Park Zoo in Al Bahia, a north-east suburb of the UAE capital features a park-wide ‘misting system’ which keeps animals and patrons cool in the summer months.

Arabian Wildlife Park
On Sir Bani Yas Island, the Arabian Wildlife Park is home to more than 10,000 free roaming animals and takes up more than half of the island.Visitors can now get up close and personal, at eye-level, with the island’s giraffes from a purpose-built viewing platform made completely from recycled materials.

Observation Deck at 300 (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers)
On the 74th floor of Tower 2 at the Etihad Towers complex, the Observation Deck at 300 offers unbeatable views of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape and surrounding islands. What’s more, guests visiting the capital’s highest vantage point - the ‘300’ stands for ‘metres in the air’ - can take in the sights while enjoying delicious refreshments, light snacks or scrumptious High Tea.

Entrance for visitors is 75 (US$ 20.5), with AED 50 (US$ 13.6) redeemable as F&B vouchers at the venue, while guests staying at the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and children under four enter free. Dress code: Business Casual.

Food

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In keeping with an historic trading past, fresh produce is readily available. Rise early to catch a glimpse of the plentiful bounty of the Arabian Gulf at Mina Fish Souk – but ‘choose wisely’ to assist sustainable fishing practices – and the Al mina Fruit & Vegetable Souk is bursting with color as each seller arranges his produce outside the shops. Even if you are not buying, this area provides excellent photo opportunities.

Museums

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Immerse yourself in the art of life. Saadiyat Cultural District is set to be the area dedicated for culture and art within Saadiyat. Crafted by the world's greatest architectural minds, the area will be a shining beacon on the international arts scene with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi is a neighborhood with its streets, squares and terraces, where the works of art are shown inside the galleries as well as outside. It is also a palace, with palatial proportions; A peninsula, with its own mystery, shaped by light and water, the archetype of a micro-city devoted to a spiritual mission that you can only guess at from the outside and only discover by entering.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be a transnational museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture and will present to the world some of the most important artistic achievements of our time.

Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi's permanent collection will celebrate the very finest examples of global art dating from the 1960s to the present day. Through a comprehensive series of collections, exhibitions, and educational programmes, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will identify unique contributions to this period in history. It will move beyond a definition of global art defined by geography by focusing on the interconnected dynamics of local, regional, and international influences.

Al Ain Palace Museum
Located on the western edge of Al Ain Oasis, the Palace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was built in 1937. It was converted into a museum in 1998 and opened to the public in 2001. The original structure comprised a private residence for the ruler and his family within a complex of courtyards.

Al Ain National Museum
The oldest museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum was established in 1969 under the guidance of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Charting the history of Al Ain from the Stone Age through to the foundation of the UAE, the museum houses artefacts discovered in the many archaeological sites scattered throughout the region, including flint tools and arrowheads dating to the sixth millennium BCE.

Manarat Al Saadiyat
Manarat Al Saadiyat (which translates from Arabic as 'a place that provides enlightenment') is home to the annual Abu Dhabi Art. A popular art fair and a modern and contemporary art platform with public programmes, the event brings to the UAE capital leading art galleries from across the world.

Al Qattara Arts Center
Opened in 2011, Al Qattara Arts Centre has been developed around the earlier Bayt Bin Ati al-Darmaki, a traditional mud-brick tower and house located on a mound overlooking the date-palm gardens of Qattara Oasis.

Carefully restored traditional local architecture, the centre’s mandate is to provide a venue where arts and culture can be studied, practiced and developed by the entire UAE community.

Places

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque's first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

Emirates Palace
A real iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, this luxurious hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest technology to create a magical and memorable experience. During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.

Qasr Al Hosn
Abu Dhabi’s symbolic birthplace, Qasr al Hosn is the emirate’s first permanent structure, which was home to the emirate’s ruling Al Nahyan family. A permanent, free-to-enter exhibition at the Qasr al Hosn Centre tells the story of Abu Dhabi and its people through the city’s oldest building. Fascinating oral testimonies and historic photographs bring this important monument to life. Contemporary Emirati voices reflect on Abu Dhabi’s history and transformation and Qasr al Hosn’s key role as a vibrant symbol of Emirati heritage, culture and tradition.

Al Ain Oasis
A one and a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain is one of the world's oldest permanently inhabited settlements, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Al Ain oasis with its cool, shady walkways and a 3,000-year-old falaj irrigation system, and the camel market - one of the last few remaining. This date palm oasis has been recognised by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for its importance as a repository of genetic resources, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Al Jahili Fort
The picturesque Al Jahili Fort is one of the UAE’s most historic buildings. It was erected in 1891 to defend the city and protect precious palm groves. The former headquarters of the Oman Trucial Scouts, the force that protected the mountain passes and kept inter-tribal peace, it also served as a residence for the local governor. It is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and visitors are encouraged to explore it.

Masdar City
Initiated in 2008, Masdar is the emirate’s pioneering vision of a city of the future. With the goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable eco-city, Masdar is leading the way by developing a “greenprint” for how cities can accommodate rapid urbanisation and dramatically reduce energy, water and waste.

The city combines ancient Arabic architectural techniques with modern technology and is built around a huge central Arabic wind tunnel that channels a cooling breeze through the streets and alleys making it comfortable to stroll around even during high summer temperatures.

Restaurants

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Cuisine from around the world mingles in Abu Dhabi, with restaurants offering a vibrant and varied mix of international flavors and impressive culinary standards, there is something to satisfy every taste and budget.

Essential to any cooking in the Arabian Gulf is the concept of hospitality and generosity. For generations, dining had traditionally been celebrated and shred with a great deal of warmth over the dinner table – in the early days set under cover of Bedouin tents beneath an infinite blanket of stars of the desert sky. Visitors can experience this age-old dining tradition at a plethora of contemporary restaurants, heritage desert camps, and traditional sailing dhows – as well as an array of exciting streetside cafes and restaurants across Abu Dhabi.

Shopping

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Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, perhaps because it is so diverse and, of course, tax-free. There is everything form ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk like outlets where you can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets. You can spend thousands of dollars on a bejeweled designer watch, or pick up a basic timepiece in a supermarket. You can splash out on haute-couture designer outfit or buy fabric and have a local tailor make up your every own creating for a bargain price.

Traditional Markets & Souks
Souk is Arabic for 'marketplace.' Historically, dhows from the Far East and India would offload their cargo and the goods would be haggled over in the nearby souks.

Mina Markets
Every morning, fishermen load their catch on to the quayside and prepare for a day of haggling. Take a trip to the Fish Souk at Mina Zayed, near Abu Dhabi’s main port area, and experience a fascinating insight into the way traditional business is done.

Across the road from the Fish Souk, the Al Mina Fruit & Vegetable Souk market is bursting with colour as each seller arranges his produce outside the shops. The choice is amazing, and you can buy by the kilo or the box. Even if you are not buying, this area provides excellent photo opportunities.

Souq Al Qattara
Dating back to the mid-20th century and founded by the late Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the palm-lined road linking Al Ain’s Al Qattara and Al Jimi oases, the historic Souq Al Qattara has been renovated and re-opened.

A Traditional Handicrafts Market takes place here every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October to May, encouraging local families to preserve and promote Abu Dhabi’s heritage through an active production of traditional handicrafts.

Al Ain Souk
Also known as the Central or Old Souk, the Al Ain Souk is a great place to explore, savor the local atmosphere and practice your bargaining skills. The souk itself is a rather ramshackle affair but it is certainly different from many of the modern, air conditioned markets found elsewhere.

Souk Al Bawadi & Souk Al Qaws
These two outdoor markets are attached to the huge Bawadi Mall in Al Ain. Souk Al Qaws features shops of a practical nature set among unique architecture, with over 40 service outlets including banks, money exchanges and travel agents, while Souk Al Bawadi has more of a heritage feel, with over 50 shops selling traditional items and souvenirs.

Souk Al Zafarana
This is a jewel of a find which reflects true Emirati culture and tradition while being new. Whether you're looking for traditional garments, incense or spices, henna or oud, or dallah (Arabian coffee pots) this is the marketplace for you.

Shopping Malls

Yas Mall
A Prime Destination for Shopping, Dining and Entertainment, Yas Mall is the capital’s ultimate destination for shopping, dining and entertainment right in the heart of Yas Island.

Marina Mall
This mall features a 100 metre high viewing platform, an ice rink, a bowling alley, a Cineplex, musical fountains and hundreds of big name brands and stores. A true Abu Dhabi landmark, Marina Mall's many restaurants and coffee shops make it possible to spend a full day here.

Abu Dhabi Mall
With over 200 shops and an average of 40,000 visitors a day, this is more than just a shopping destination.

World Trade Center Souk & Mall
This contemporary revival of a historic district within the heart of the city – the old Central Market, which was the business and trading hub - is now a fully integrated, mixed-use development with a mall, a modern souk, offices and residences.

Luxury Retail

The Galleria on Al Mariah Island
In the capital’s new Central Business District on Al Marayah Island, with spectacular waterfront and cityscape, The Galleria has over 130 of the world’s most renowned brand outlets - including 50 Abu Dhabi ‘firsts’.

Avenue at Etihad Towers
One of the world’s most expensive and exclusive collections of boutique shops, with many of the boutiques having luxurious private rooms for VIPs to shop in privacy.

Nation Galleria
Nestled at the foot of the stunning twin Nation Towers, which also house the luxurious St. Regis Hotel, Abu Dhabi, Nation Galleria is a high-end boutique retail destination with some of the world’s most unique and renowned retail outlets spread over three floors.

Sports

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From traditional dhow sailing to playing on some of the region’s best golf courses, Abu Dhabi is a destination for the Active.

Marine Racing
Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club supports a wide range of marine sports, including powerboats, jet skis, sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding and waterskiing. Abu Dhabi was the first Arabian Gulf city to organize a UIM Formula One Powerboat Race.

Diving
Many good dive sites are easily accessible from Abu Dhabi, including wreck or deep water dives and reef dives. It is possible to dive year round in the warm seas, and there is a rich abundance of marine life, including barracuda, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, and much.

Golf
With fabulous courses carved out of the desert and along spectacular coastlines, diversity of experiences characterize Abu Dhabi’s great golf offering – you can play a different course for a totally different experience every day for six days!

Horse Racing
Horses are of great heritage significance in Abu Dhabi, which has a wealth of equestrian talent.

Motorsports
Warm up on the Yas Marina Circuit, which annually hosts the Formula 1 Eithad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and learn how to conquer one of the most exciting tracks around.

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