Etihad Airways flies to more than 95 destinations from its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport. But the UAE capital is about much more than a world class airport – check out these 10 must-see attractions.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi: Featuring Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster with a top speed 240km per hour, this theme park is a must for all Ferrari and Formula One fans.
Yas Waterworld: The UAE’s newest waterpark will get you wet on 43 rides, slides and other liquid attractions as you follow a little Emirati girl named Dana on her quest for a magical pearl. There are rides for nervous nellies and adrenaline junkies alike.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital: Falcons have an almost mythical status in Arab culture. The largest falcon hospital in the world with ‘patients’ arriving from all over the region, this veterinary clinic also provides guided tours.
Desert safari: There are lots of tour operators out there and you can do everything from dune bashing and watching falconry demonstrations to relaxing with an Arabic coffee or even take in some belly dancing.
Yas Marina Circuit: Abu Dhabi’s F1 track is open year-round for karting, track days, drag racing nights, and driving experiences in a range of racing cars so you don’t have to visit in November for the annual Formula One race to have fun.
Inside Emirates Palace
Emirates Palace: You don’t have to check in to check out this over-the-top luxury hotel which includes 1,002 Swarovski chandeliers, an ATM that dispenses solid gold bars and a 1.3km private beach.
Qasr al-Hosn: The former palace-residence of the ruling Al Nahayan family who governed Abu Dhabi from here from the 18th century until 1966, the fort is the city’s oldest building, constructed in 1761.
Saadiyat and Lulu Islands: Lulu Island, a man-made island with peach-coloured dunes, can be reached easily by ferry boats, while Saadiyat Island, dubbed the “island of happiness” by local residents who enjoy weekends there, will soon have branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Doha Qatar
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: This mosque – conceived by Sheikh Zayed himself – can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers and is architecturally impressive with more than 80 marble domes, over 1,000 pillars four 107m-high minarets.
Abu Dhabi Corniche: One of the most pleasant developments in recent years is the expansion and extension of the waterfront Corniche, with its white sandy beaches and wide Mediterranean-style promenade.