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For an inspiring day soaking up fascinating culture and art and finding some time to reflect, Abu Dhabi showcases a trio of must-visit destinations. 

Start the day with an awe-inspiring visit to the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a welcoming space that encourages open dialogue and understanding in one of the biggest and most beautiful places of worship in the world. 

Then, discover the thought-provoking Wahat Al Karama, a beautiful permanent tribute to the UAE's brave soldiers and other Emiratis - recognised as martyrs in the country - who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their nation. 

Finally, take a tour of the stunning Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum that celebrates world cultures and connections and houses hundreds of the globe’s most priceless works in a breathtaking building. Don’t forget your camera; you’ll want to capture the structure’s enormous dome, composed of 7,850 stars that filter light through their perforations, creating a dazzling display known as the ‘rain of light’.

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1 Day

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Walking, Bus, Car

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26 KMs

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club - Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

Highlights

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1 Day

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Walking, Bus, Car

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26 KMs

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club - Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

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What to expect

Day 1 highlights

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Number of stops

3

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Transport

Walking, Bus, Car

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Total Distance

26 KMs

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Duration

7 Hrs

Soak up the rich culture and take beautiful photographs at the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, find time to reflect at the thought-provoking Wahat Al Karama tribute, and celebrate world culture and priceless art at the stunning Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Stop 1

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

The impressive and inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques and the only one that captures the unique interactions between Islam and other world cultures. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founder of the UAE, had a very specific vision for this mosque: to incorporate architectural styles from different Muslim civilisations and celebrate cultural diversity by creating a haven that is truly welcoming and inspirational in its foundation. The mosque’s architects were British, Italian and Emirati, with design ideas borrowed from parts of Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan and Egypt, among other Islamic countries. The end result is a breathtaking, gleaming architectural marvel.

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Stop 2

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Spanning 46,000 square metres and located directly opposite Abu Dhabi's world-famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Wahat Al Karama is a timeless tribute that honours the Emirati martyrs who sacrificed their lives in service of their country. Wahat Al Karama is home to a permanent memorial commemorating the United Arab Emirates' heroes, including soldiers, police, diplomats and civilians, since 1971.

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Stop 3

Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 3 hours

The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating and fostering the spirit of openness between cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, this art-lovers’ dream displays works of historical, cultural and sociological significance, from ancient times to the contemporary era. Designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi encompasses 9,200 square metres of galleries, including a Permanent Gallery and a Temporary Gallery enriched by loans from notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, and Centre Pompidou. Clearly showcasing the juxtaposition of different civilisations in the same space, the Louvre Abu Dhabi illustrates similarities and exchanges from the shared human experience, going beyond geography, nationality, and history.

A symphony in concrete, water and the subtle play of reflected light, the incredible structure was inspired by the region’s rich architectural traditions and the museum’s unique location, where the Arabian sky meets the sands of Saadiyat Island and the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Considered one of the modern urban wonders of the world, Louvre Abu Dhabi is not only the Arab world’s first universal museum but also a powerful symbol of the United Arab Emirates’ ambition and achievement. The centrepiece of Nouvel’s vision is a huge silvery dome that appears to float above the museum-city. Despite its apparent weightlessness, the dome weighs around 7,500 tons. That’s about the same as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Inspired by the cupola, a distinctive feature in Arabic architecture, Nouvel’s dome is a complex, geometric structure composed of 7,850 stars. These stars are repeated at various sizes and angles in eight different layers. As the sun passes above, its light filters through the perforations in the dome, creating an enchanting effect within the museum, known as the ‘rain of light'. This tribute to nature is inspired by the palm trees of Abu Dhabi. Their leaves filter and soften the bright sunlight from above, projecting a dappled pattern on the ground.

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Stop 1

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

The impressive and inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques and the only one that captures the unique interactions between Islam and other world cultures. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founder of the UAE, had a very specific vision for this mosque: to incorporate architectural styles from different Muslim civilisations and celebrate cultural diversity by creating a haven that is truly welcoming and inspirational in its foundation. The mosque’s architects were British, Italian and Emirati, with design ideas borrowed from parts of Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan and Egypt, among other Islamic countries. The end result is a breathtaking, gleaming architectural marvel.

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