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Enjoy a fascinating day out by exploring three of Abu Dhabi’s iconic sights in one eight-hour tour. 

Start at Abu Dhabi International Airport before heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum covering art and civilisation, which contains myriad priceless items that tell the story of humanity throughout the ages. 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’.

Then, enjoy a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a majestic, welcoming place of worship and one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmarks. This stunning sight is one of the biggest places of worship in the world and is a fantastic place to take photographs. 

Wahat Al Karama is next on the list. This thought-provoking destination is 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, head back to Abu Dhabi International Airport and onwards to your next destination.


1 day
Medium transit

Highlights

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8 Hrs

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Bus, Car

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125 KMs

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Abu Dhabi International Airport

Highlights

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8 Hrs

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Bus, Car

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125 KMs

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Abu Dhabi International Airport

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What to expect

Day highlights

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Number of stops

5

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Transport

Bus, Car

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Total Distance

125 KMs

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Duration

8 Hrs

Discover ancient stories of global cultures and priceless art at the breathtaking Louvre Abu Dhabi, capture stunning photos and be awed by the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and take time to reflect at the thought-provoking Wahat Al Karama tribute.

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Stop 1

Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 1 hours

With more than 50 airlines flying to and from some 102 destinations in over 56 countries, Abu Dhabi International Airport has been recognised by the World Airport Awards, with the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade going to this airport more than once.

The airport’s Terminal 1, with design and architecture reflecting traditional Emirati elements set in a high-end, ultramodern ambience, delivers a five-star travel experience.

The home of Etihad Airways – the national airline of the United Arab Emirates – Terminal 3 welcomes travellers to plush Etihad lounges and an award-winning concierge-style check-in. Impressive retail is managed by DFS, the world’s largest luxury retailer, and is complemented by upmarket restaurants and cafés. 

The soon-to-come Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), a centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s (ADAC) multibillion-dollar investment programme, will provide a full terminal building, passenger and cargo facilities, duty-free shops and restaurants for between 27-40 million people a year in the future.

Are you flying into Abu Dhabi? Click here for full flight information.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is also well connected to the rest of the emirate by numerous bus services. For more information on bus services, fares and schedules, or to download bus routes, click here. 

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Stop 2

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 3

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 4

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 5

Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 1 hours

With more than 50 airlines flying to and from some 102 destinations in over 56 countries, Abu Dhabi International Airport has been recognised by the World Airport Awards, with the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade going to this airport more than once.

The airport’s Terminal 1, with design and architecture reflecting traditional Emirati elements set in a high-end, ultramodern ambience, delivers a five-star travel experience.

The home of Etihad Airways – the national airline of the United Arab Emirates – Terminal 3 welcomes travellers to plush Etihad lounges and an award-winning concierge-style check-in. Impressive retail is managed by DFS, the world’s largest luxury retailer, and is complemented by upmarket restaurants and cafés. 

The soon-to-come Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), a centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s (ADAC) multibillion-dollar investment programme, will provide a full terminal building, passenger and cargo facilities, duty-free shops and restaurants for between 27-40 million people a year in the future.

Are you flying into Abu Dhabi? Click here for full flight information.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is also well connected to the rest of the emirate by numerous bus services. For more information on bus services, fares and schedules, or to download bus routes, click here. 

Read More
Stop 1

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 1 hours

With more than 50 airlines flying to and from some 102 destinations in over 56 countries, Abu Dhabi International Airport has been recognised by the World Airport Awards, with the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade going to this airport more than once.

The airport’s Terminal 1, with design and architecture reflecting traditional Emirati elements set in a high-end, ultramodern ambience, delivers a five-star travel experience.

The home of Etihad Airways – the national airline of the United Arab Emirates – Terminal 3 welcomes travellers to plush Etihad lounges and an award-winning concierge-style check-in. Impressive retail is managed by DFS, the world’s largest luxury retailer, and is complemented by upmarket restaurants and cafés. 

The soon-to-come Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), a centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s (ADAC) multibillion-dollar investment programme, will provide a full terminal building, passenger and cargo facilities, duty-free shops and restaurants for between 27-40 million people a year in the future.

Are you flying into Abu Dhabi? Click here for full flight information.

Abu Dhabi International Airport is also well connected to the rest of the emirate by numerous bus services. For more information on bus services, fares and schedules, or to download bus routes, click here. 

Read More