Top 5 Places to See in Abu Dhabi

A group of people pointing at giraffes in Abu Dhabi zoo.

Who wouldn’t anyone like a destination which has a shining sun all year around, beautiful sandy beaches, clean and safe environment and access to kinds of luxuries. This is Abu Dhabi for you. The city is also the capital of the United Arab Emirates and hosts a whole range of business and government activities.

1- Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Named after the late Sheikh Zayed al-Nahyan, this Muslim mosque has a capacity to host more than 40,000 worshipers. It brings together classical Islamic architecture with the modern materials and its interpretations. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. The complex sprawls over 30 acres without including landscaped areas and vehicle parking.

The grand mosque in Abu Dhabi at night.
Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque lit up at night time.
The grand mosque in Abu Dhabi.
The pearl like white shines of and is visually cooling the desert like climate of Abu Dhabi
The inside of a large mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Extremely detailed interior of Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi

2- Ferrari World

Abu Dhabi is the only place where a Ferrari branded theme park exists. For any car enthusiast, this is the ultimate place to have fun. The venue also is home to Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world. Its popularity can be gauged by the fact that it got the “Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction” at the World Travel Awards 2015.

A red Ferrari car from Abu Dhabi is on display in a museum.
The pristine interior of with the icon red automobiles that Ferrari is so famous for.
An aerial view of a red building in Abu Dhabi.
The sprawling complex called Ferrari World located in the desert like plain of Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari at Abu Dhabi airport.
One of the entrances to the Ferrari World located in Abu Dhbai.

3- Ali Ain Zoo

This zoo is spread over almost a thousand acres in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet mountain range. This zoo is designed like a wildlife sanctuary with natural like habitat made for the animal inhabitants. Al Ain zoo is home to the almost extinct white lion; only 200 of them remain in the world currently. The sprawling complex has a great number of facilities for families and visitors scattered around including resting areas, picnic areas, eating areas and children holding sections.

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An artist's rendering of a resort in Abu Dhabi.
Al Ain, Hotel, birds eye view rendering of a certain part of the almost thousand acre complex
A white tiger resting on a log in Abu Dhabi.
The Al Ain Zoo is also home to the White Tiger of which only 200 remain alive today.
A group of people pointing at giraffes in Abu Dhabi zoo.
Al Ain Zoo is a great family outing and learning facility with day programs giving extensive information about the animals and wildlife

4- Yas Waterpark

Yas Waterworld park in Abu Dhabi is located on a nearby Yas Island off mainland Abu Dhabi. It hosts more than 45 different rides and attraction among which five are the first in the world to be ever launched. It is also one of the best water parks both in safety, fun and sustainability. It even received the prestigious Estidama One Pearl green sustainability rating; the first for any water park in the world.

A water park in Abu Dhabi with a lot of water slides.
The snake head ride, one of the many attractions at Yas Waterworld.
The Abu Dhabi water park has a lot of people in it.
The large water pools at Yas Waterworld are a feat in itself specially since it is located in a desert like arid climate.
An aerial view of a water park in Abu Dhabi.
A bird’s eye view of the Yas Waterworld showing a whole array of rides and attractions.

5- Qasr al-Hosn

Qasr al-Hosn is also known as the “White Fort” which was constructed in 1761 to guard the only fresh water well on the island. For the longest time it was part of the palace complex of the ruler or the “emir” of the emirate and has been partially opened to public only recently. The fort today has an extensive museum and its own eleven day yearly festival.

A group of people looking at pictures on a wall in Abu Dhabi.
A modern and frequently visited museum inside the fort is an attraction for locals and foreigners alike.
An aerial view of Abu Dhabi with buildings and a mosque.
A bird’s eye view of the historic Qasr al-Hosn complex on a sunny day.
A group of people standing in front of a clock tower in Abu Dhabi.
Qasr al-Hosn fort complex is the center of cultural activity specially during the annaul Qasr al-Hosn festival.
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