11 Fantastic Things To Do in Abu Dhabi

By Leo Galuh | 10, Mar, 2022
11 Fantastic Things To Do in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates which is very sophisticated and beautiful. Its location by the sea makes this city look even more enchanting. Before the discovery of oil, Abu Dhabi was just a small fishing settlement. However, today Abu Dhabi has developed into a modern city that is the center of government and business.

Not only stand out in the business field, but Abu Dhabi has also been preening into a stunning tourist spot that is so eye-catching and certainly a must-visit.

Abu Dhabi is also a tourist place that can become a major destination for Muslim tourists, given its location in the middle east and is an Arab country. So you don't have to worry about food and places of worship while visiting.

So which places should be visited? HalalTrip presents several tourist destinations for you.

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1. Sheik Zayed Great Mosque

syeik zayed great mosque exterior

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The first place to visit is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The magnificent mosque is the most popular tourist destination in Abu Dhabi. The architecture of the building is a combination of Mameluke, Ottoman, and Fatimid designs. The interior and exterior of the mosque are covered in marble with intricate carvings, using mosaic tiles and glass to make it look spectacular.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque is arguably very unique and magnificent, because here you will find a mosque with 82 typical Moroccan domes, more than 1000 pillars, four-tower buildings in the four corners of the mosque, and has a capacity of 41,000 worshipers.

All dome buildings are decorated with white marble and complete with a central courtyard. The main dome of this mosque is 32.8 meters in diameter and 55 meters high from the inside or about 85 meters from the outside. Overall, the architecture of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can be called a fusion of Mughal, Moorish, and Arabic architecture.

This mosque can accommodate 40,000 worshipers, the mosque which opened in 2007 is dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates.


2. Ferrari World

This place is located on Yas Leisure Drive, Yas Island, Ferrari World is a famous amusement park that presents the sensation of Formula One racing in Abu Dhabi.

Inside there are rides that can be played by children to adults, ranging from the junior GT track to a 42 - meter high roller coaster with a speed of 120 kilometers per hour.

In addition, tourists can also see various collections of Ferrari cars from 1947 and tour the Ferrari factory to increase their knowledge about this Italian car manufacturer.


3. Louvre Music

Louvre Abu Dhabi is the most spectacular museum and one of the grandest in the Middle East. Contemporary style architecture with a silver dome that houses the museum gallery is a special attraction for tourists.

Visiting this museum can learn about the history of human civilization since the Neolithic era until now. Some of the famous collections in the museum include ancient Egyptian sculptures, Picasso paintings, and various other art exhibits.

This modern museum was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel and was created to study a number of works of art that also tell about the history and human civilization in the past. Of course, it will add to your insight.


4. Burj Khalifa

burj khalifa from afar

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Its towering shape and looks so majestic is a building that has been named the tallest building in the world.

Burj Khalifa is not just a building that can only be enjoyed from the outside or only seen from a distance. This building also has a large mall that you can visit for shopping or just taking a walk.

At 828 meters high, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in the world ever built by man. Burj Khalifa managed to beat the Shanghai Tower which only has a height of about 632 meters.


5. Palm Island

Palm Island is one of the most charming and interesting places. The reason why this tourist attraction is so special is that Palm Island is known as an artificial island that contains many attractive tourist destinations, famous hotels, shopping malls, and luxury fashion that will make tourists feel pampered.

There is so much entertainment on Palm Island, and there are beautiful beaches, theme parks, aquariums, and a variety of fun water sports. If you want an inspiring tour, this is the best place.

There is a reason forgotten is called the island of dreams. It is deliberately built with a variety of modern facilities so that everyone can feel comfortable and pampered whenever they visit.


6. Qasr Al Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and very important stone building in Abu Dhabi. Beginning to be built around the 1790s, the structure was designed to protect the settlements in the area.

Qasr Al Hosn consists of two main buildings namely the Inner For and the Outer Palace. For centuries it was used as a home for rulers, governments, consultative councils, and the national archives, however, in 2018 it became a place of conservation after restoration.

In this place, you can increase your knowledge by looking at various types of artifacts and archival materials from around 6000 BC.


7. Zayed National Museum

Zayed National Museum is one of the most famous museums alongside several other museums in Abu Dhabi. This place was designed as a memorial to the late Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (founder and first president of the UAE).

To build it, the Museum was designed by Foster + Partners, the architectural firm that has built many high-tech, high-tech glass and steel buildings around the world.

This museum was built to showcase the history, culture, and also about social and economic changes of the Emirates.

Having a very unique and amazing architecture makes this museum very interesting to visit, especially for those of you who want to take selfies.

The atmosphere of the museum environment is overgrown with various types of plants such as palms, making this museum even more beautiful.

In addition, at night with spectacular lighting, it adds an unforgettable impression


8. Emirates Heritage Club

Emirates Heritage Club

Image Credit: Abu Dhabi Desert Safari

For those of you who want a new sensation in life, you should stop by the Emirates Heritage Club, a tourist destination that offers an experience of life in the desert.

Here, visitors can look back on life such as markets and mosques. Apart from that, you can shop, view artifacts and see the craftsmen making pottery, and more.


9. Yas Island

Yas Island is an interesting choice for those of you who visit Abu Dhabi, is an artificial island that has an area of ​​​​25 square km that can be reached by sea and land.

On this island, there are many very promising tourist attractions, you can shop at Yas Marina, play water at Yas Waterworld, see Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, relax at Yas Beach, tour Yas Mall, and Yas Links Abu Dhabi.

Of course, visitors can choose to enjoy games, choose shopping, enjoy delicious food, or relax on the beach, or you want to spend time in all of these places, of course, you have to prepare physically and stamina. 


10. Emirates Park Zoo

For those of you who like various types of animals, Emirates Park Zoo is the right place for you to take a walk with your family and children.

This zoo has a large collection of animals, more than 1700 animals at the Emirates Park Zoo are waiting for you.

You will see mammals, reptiles, and birds.

You can find types of animals such as Camels, Crocodiles, Hippos, Primates, Giraffes, Snakes, Bears, and many more.

In addition, you and your children can enjoy various shows and attractions from Elephants, Sea Lions, Birds, and various recreational rides.

Emirates Park Zoo for Sunday – Wednesday is open from 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, while for Thursday – Saturday it is open from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm.


11. Umm Al Emarat Park

Umm Al Emarat Park

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Umm Al Emarat Park is a park tourist destination located in the heart of the city and is one of the largest and oldest parks in Abu Dhabi.

This park had its origins as a women's and children's park named Taman Mushrif, and its built-in 1982.

It has various facilities such as the Shade House, Botanical Gardens, Animal Breeding, a large Lawn, Amphitheater, and Children's Garden and Evening Garden.

In addition, more than 200 trees from this old park have been pinned to the original space plus unique and quality recreational additions.

Everything must be fun, HalalTrip provides worth recommendations for you. All you have to do is prepare your stamina and surely maintain health protocols.

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