To experience the United Arab Emirates in the most authentic way, you absolutely must not miss Abu Dhabi, the fascinating capital of the country.
Abu Dhabi is not only the capital of the United Arab Emirates but it is also the largest of the seven emirates. Its name means in Arabic. The father of the gazelle, in reference to the abundance of gazelles that once lived on these islands. The two cities have huge skyscrapers and beautiful beaches in town, but seeing one of them does not mean you have to miss out on here. Abu Dhabi attractions are listed below
• Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a monument which never fails to impress with its sheer size. It is the most spectacular among Abu Dhabi attractions. Open to all, the Great Mosque is the eighth largest mosque in the world and has 24-carat gold plated candlesticks, the largest handmade rug in the world and 82 domes supported by more than 1,000 columns. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees. Men may be required to wear a gandoura and women must wear a hijab and an abaya to enter the mosque.
• Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island is located just 10 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi. Still, in progress, the island is destined to become the beating lung of the emirate and also an important cultural and artistic center which will be the principal among Abu Dhabi attractions. The island as a whole will not be completed until 2020, however, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which has opened, already attracts crowds. Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum tells the story of humanity through an exhibition of 600 works of art and objects from around the world. Starting in 2018, three hundred works will be exhibited in turn in four temporary annual exhibitions organized by 13 French partner museums.
The island of Saadiyat will also house a multitude of residences, shops, and recreational sites. In addition to the Louvre, seven other museums designed by renowned architects are being created. A Guggenheim Abu Dhabi designed by Frank Gehry is planned in the same way as the Zayed National Museum. Both are being constructed.
• Visit Al-Ain
Located east of Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain is the historic seat of the Sheiks. It is commonly referred to as the Garden City because of its lush vegetation. The Oasis Al-Ain, which covers more than 1,200 hectares and contains more than 147,000 date palms, is considered the main tourist heritage of the Emirates and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visiting the Al Ain National Museum and the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum is a must as well as the Camel Race Track and the Camel Market.
• Visit Ferrari World
One of the main Abu Dhabi attractions is Ferrari World, the world’s first theme park dedicated to Ferrari. It is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, which reaches a speed of 120km/h in a 52-meter loop. The Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, right next door, is a must for fans of speed.
If you feel like a Formula One driver get ready to race around at the wheel of a real race car. In Abu Dhabi, it is possible to drive an Aston Martin GT4 or a Jaguar F-Type or a Chevrolet Camaro Drag.