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Abu Dhabi Attractions

From Formula 1 racing to falconry, from the Louvre to the Grand Mosque and from Yas Island Waterworld to the desert, the Emirates capital is a celebration of some of the world’s oldest traditions with some of the newest innovations. Explore Abu Dhabi, where bath-warm ocean swims, sandy camel rides and souk-haggling are as loved as Ferrari’s, fine dining and Louis Vuitton bags.

Discover top rated attractions, sightseeing must-do’s, excursion ideas, shopping suggestions and more in our Abu Dhabi visitors guide.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Corniche Ferrari World

Desert Safari Corniche Beach Abu Dhabi Mall

Arts and Culture

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s answer to one of the world’s most famous and historic museum-galleries might not have the history of its Parisian sister but is unquestionably one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Beneath a huge silver dome that weighs as much as the Eiffel Tower and perforated with nearly 8000 stars, the ‘rain of light’ that falls into the museum is a masterpiece in itself. Designed by celebrated architectural master, Jean Nouvel, the museum is the pride of the nation. And, of course, the collections are equally impressive. Exhibitions of exceptional rarity with historic works of art and cultural important pieces from around the world representing the museum’s universal theme, from ancient Egyptian to cutting-edge installations by Ai WeiWei. 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque is the pinnacle of Islamic architecture in the UAE and arguably the world. Uniquely (in Abu Dhabi) this is open to non-Muslims and is a must on your visit list. Visiting it feels as much like you’re visiting a museum as it does one of the largest centers of worship in the world. 

1,000 pillars, 80 domes and four 100m+ minarets create the sense of wonderment and put the grand firmly in the name. But it’s the other details that make it unmissable and unique, like the floral inlays of agate, amethyst and pearl, the 40kg of 24k gold adorning the chandeliers along with the thousands of Swarovski crystals, the 90,000 tonnes of paper-white marble, and the world’s largest hand-made carpet.  Covering up in appropriate attire is expected (and provided for those who forget) as is respectful behavior.

Corniche

The much-loved promenade sits in front of the skyscraping cityscape and is perfect for a gentle walk (if the sun isn’t too high) or a cycle ride. It is important to cover up while walking on the Corniche, as much as it is to respect local culture as it is to protect from too much sun exposure. The sea breeze and cooler evenings make the Corniche a magnet for locals who head to the beaches or the parks. 

Yas Island

Yas Waterworld

More than 40 rides, slides and water fun activities, the waterworld on Yas Island is a great day out for visitors travelling with all-ages kids. The freefall looping waterslides, giant six people water coasters, wave pools and much more are the perfect antidote for the heat. 

Ferrari World

Even if you just go for the roller coaster, it’s worth the trip. Home to the world’s fastest, this 240kmh thrill-ride coaster is as close as most people will ever get to sitting behind the wheel of an F1 car. Impressive design, Ferrari driving experiences and plenty of Italian dining spots, mean there is enough here to make a day of it. 

Yas Marina Circuit

Whether you’re here to watch the F1 or to test your hands on the circuit behind the wheel, the Marina Circuit is a motorsport lovers dream. Race the circuit in anything from a GT4 Aston Martin to a drift car or even a Formula 3,000 racing car - rubber on tarmac is very much the heart of this Abu Dhabi attraction. The Formula One weekend also offers incredible value with amazing on and off-track action including concerts, evening entertainment, and of course the racing. 

Sandy Excursions

Desert Safari

Dune bashing in the desert surrounding the city is less Lawrence of Arabia and more like the Paris-Dakar Rally. Race across, up and over the dunes in an air-conditioned 4x4 with an experienced driver for thrills you won’t quickly forget. 

A variety of packages are available and can be organized with recommended tour operators by the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi concierge team. Desert safari highlights include everything from getting up close to baby camels at a camel farm, sundown belly dancing, sandboarding, lights-off star gazing, camel rides, quad biking, falconry and a little bit of Instagram worthy dress-up.  

Saadiyat Beach

Unblemished white sands, warm Persian Gulf waters and limited man-made development has allowed nature to make itself at home here in the dunes and sets Saadiyat Beach apart as one of the prettiest in the UAE. The chance to see nesting turtles and dolphins playing in the surf are reasons enough to take the trip out to Saadiyat Island and pay the very reasonable entrance fee. Talk to the concierge about arranging a packed lunch, borrow a beach towel and make the most of the sunshine. 

Corniche Beach

It’s city-centre location might lead to the assumption it’s always busy and lacks a little of the pristine nature many UAE beaches are known for but on the Corniche that’s definitely not the case. 2km of white sand on this Blue Flag graded beach that’s minutes from the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi hotel make it a great spot to seek out some sun or cool off in the water.

Shopping

Gold and cashmere, dates and honey, flagship fashion and giant malls, Abu Dhabi is a shopping paradise. 

World Trade Centre Mall and Souk

The mall has all of your high-end wish-lists and your high-street favourites with the bonus of a souk next door. This reimagining of a traditional souk with the comforting addition of air-conditioning still retains the souk spirit and many of the haggling opportunities. Once of the easiest places to pick up a souvenir in the city. 

Abu Dhabi Mall

From frankincense to fashion, jewellery to technology this is a favourite in the city because of its excellent shopping selection and great Al Zahiyah location. 

Marina Mall

When it comes to variety, Marina Mall is hard to beat. 400+ stores, a cinema, late-opening hours, as well as plenty of eateries, all with more than enough global and local choices make this a one-stop-shop.

Place Name Address Phone Show on map
Qasr Al Hosn Qasr Al Hosn - Abu Dhabi +971 2 6976 400

Is the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, holding the city’s first permanent structure; the watchtower.

Abu Dhabi International Airport Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates +971 2 505 5555

Abu Dhabi International Airport is an international airport in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Qasr Al Watan Qasr Al Watan - Abu Dhabi +971 600 544 442

Qasr Al Watan is an incredible, new and unique landmark in the United Arab Emirates. A Palace brimming with knowledge, offering the world a first-of-its-kind insight into the Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the United Arab Emirates and its vision to the future.

Warner Bros. World Warner Bros. World - Abu Dhabi +971 600 511115

Discover six immersive lands inspired by legendary Warner Bros. characters, with rides, shows and attractions for everyone.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Louvre Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi +971 600 56 5566

Louvre Abu Dhabi is a new cultural beacon, bringing different cultures together to shine fresh light on the shared stories of humanity.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi +971 2 4191919

The Mosque is the fruit of Sheikh Zayed’s unique vision. The father of the UAE has created an Islamic monument, a center for Islamic sciences and an emblem of genuine Islamic values, in order to illuminate the horizons of Islamic thought rooted in tolerance, love and peace.

Yas Marina Circuit Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi +971 2 659 9800

As the region’s most technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events.

Saadiyat Public Beach Saadiyat Public Beach - Abu Dhabi +971 800 8342

With pristine white sands stretching along its shore, Saadiyat Beach has maintained a reputation as one of the most desirable beach locations in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital - Abu Dhabi +971 2 5755155

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is the first public institution in the United Arab Emirates providing comprehensive veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons.

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village Abu Dhabi Heritage Village - Abu Dhabi +971 2 681 4455

Run by the Emirates Heritage Club, this reconstruction of a traditional oasis village provides an interesting glimpse into the emirate’s past and features public workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills such as metal work, pottery, weaving and spinning.

Wahat Al Karama Wahat Al Karama - Abu Dhabi +971 2668 1000

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.

The Founders Memorial The Founders Memorial - Abu Dhabi +971 2 4100100

The Founder’s Memorial is a permanent national tribute dedicated to commemorating the life, legacy and values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE.

Yas Water World Yas Water World - Abu Dhabi +971 2 414 2000

Varied destination for adrenalin-fuelled waterslides & static surfing waves, plus shopping & dining.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Ferrari World - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates +971 2 496 8000

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari-themed park and the world’s largest indoor theme park.

Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
Mina Road, Al Zahiya, Abū Z̧aby, , ARE
Phone: +971 2 818 4888