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The Complete Abu Dhabi Experience tour offers a three-day package covering key landmarks across the capital as well as the garden city of Al Ain.

Start the day with an awe-inspiring visit to the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel. Top tip: capture photos of its gold, mother-of-pearl and crystal-encrusted central dome. Next, see the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an open and welcoming place of worship and an iconic landmark. Finally, take a tour of Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum that celebrates world cultures and houses hundreds of the globe’s most priceless works.

On day two, head to Abu Dhabi’s garden city of Al Ain to gain insights into UAE heritage. Enjoy a visit to the 4,000-year-old Al Ain Oasis, see historic structures like Al Jahili Fort, built in the 1890s, and Qasr Al Muwaiji, featuring a picturesque structure that’s a fine example of early 20th-century mud-brick architecture.

Drench yourself in adventure on day three at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, a waterpark with Emirati heritage at its heart. Next, explore Yas Marina, one of Abu Dhabi’s finest marinas and a vibrant leisure venue. Finally, try out the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the Formula Rossa, at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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Emirates Palace

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60 KMs

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Bus, Car

Highlights

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3 days

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Emirates Palace

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60 KMs

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What to expect

Day 1 highlights

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Number of stops

3

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Transport

Bus, Car

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Total Distance

45 KMs

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Duration

8 Hrs

Discover the opulence of Abu Dhabi’s five-star Emirates Palace hotel, capture covetable photos at the majestic and open-to-all Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and discover global culture and art at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Emirates Palace

Stop 1

Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

This lavish property is world-famous thanks to its enchanting Arabesque style, award-winning five-star hospitality and wonderfully unique and authentic local experiences. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace's impressive offerings include a pristine 1.3km private beach, landscaped pools, a private marina overlooking a natural bay, a luxe spa offering indulgent treatments, including a 24-karat gold facial, and some of the world's best restaurants.

One of the capital's most well-known landmarks, the main palace building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, with its gardens stretching across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome being an imposing 72.6 metres above the ground, meticulously crafted with gold, mother of pearl and crystals. The palace also boasts 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tons, with other photo-worthy features including two handmade wall displays portraying the palace. During the day, the hotel's golden exterior contrasts with the lush surrounding greenery, silvery water fountains, and crisp blue sky. At night, the hotel's lighting changes ever so subtly, with an ethereal rainbow effect displayed on the main dome.

After a day spent relaxing on the property or exploring the city's many surrounding sights, satisfy your appetite at the hotel's impressive restaurants, all of which offer moreish dishes that promise to please even the fussiest eaters. Savour gourmet Asian food at Hakkasan, traditional Emirati fare with a fine-dining finish at Mezlai, or - if you're feeling adventurous - a sumptuous camel burger sprinkled with 24-karat gold, or a 24-karat gold-flecked cappuccino with a date and camel milk chocolate, at Le Café.

This iconic hotel is perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, a magical wedding, or impressive corporate events and meetings in the city's largest hotel conference centres.

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Stop 2

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 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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Emirates Palace

Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

This lavish property is world-famous thanks to its enchanting Arabesque style, award-winning five-star hospitality and wonderfully unique and authentic local experiences. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace's impressive offerings include a pristine 1.3km private beach, landscaped pools, a private marina overlooking a natural bay, a luxe spa offering indulgent treatments, including a 24-karat gold facial, and some of the world's best restaurants.

One of the capital's most well-known landmarks, the main palace building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, with its gardens stretching across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome being an imposing 72.6 metres above the ground, meticulously crafted with gold, mother of pearl and crystals. The palace also boasts 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tons, with other photo-worthy features including two handmade wall displays portraying the palace. During the day, the hotel's golden exterior contrasts with the lush surrounding greenery, silvery water fountains, and crisp blue sky. At night, the hotel's lighting changes ever so subtly, with an ethereal rainbow effect displayed on the main dome.

After a day spent relaxing on the property or exploring the city's many surrounding sights, satisfy your appetite at the hotel's impressive restaurants, all of which offer moreish dishes that promise to please even the fussiest eaters. Savour gourmet Asian food at Hakkasan, traditional Emirati fare with a fine-dining finish at Mezlai, or - if you're feeling adventurous - a sumptuous camel burger sprinkled with 24-karat gold, or a 24-karat gold-flecked cappuccino with a date and camel milk chocolate, at Le Café.

This iconic hotel is perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, a magical wedding, or impressive corporate events and meetings in the city's largest hotel conference centres.

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What to expect

Day 2 highlights

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Number of stops

3

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Transport

Walking, Bus, Car

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Total Distance

6 KMs

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Duration

8 Hrs

Head into Abu Dhabi’s lush garden city of Al Ain to explore a 4,000-year-old oasis and still-working traditional falaj (irrigation system), and discover ancient forts and buildings that tell centuries-old stories.

Al Ain Oasis

Stop 1

Al Mutawaa, Al Ain

Recommended Time: 3 hours

With its still-operational traditional falaj (ancient irrigation system) and meandering pathways shaded beneath a thick canopy of over 147,000 date palms and other fruit trees, Al Ain Oasis is the perfect place to bring family or friends to see what agriculture in this region has looked like for millennia.

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Stop 2

Mohammed Bin Khalifa Street, Al Ain

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Since opening its gates in 2008, Al Jahili Fort – set in Abu Dhabi's lush garden city of Al Ain, about an hour and a half away from the capital – has been a focal point of activities associated with the philosophy, culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi. Al Jahili is one of the largest forts in the UAE, built in the 1890s on the orders of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, also known as Zayed the First, as the home to members of the ruling Al Nahyan family.

Between 2007 and 2008 the fort was impeccably restored by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi. Transformed into a cultural centre and tourist attraction, it now houses a permanent exhibition devoted to Sir Wilfred Thesiger, the intrepid explorer, travel writer and photographer who, with his Emirati and Omani companions, crossed the world's largest sand mass, the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali), twice in the 1940s. Al Jahili Fort is also home to a temporary exhibition gallery. Surrounded by a lush park, this enchanting fort won the prestigious Terra Award for Internal Design and Layout in 2016.

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Stop 3

Khalifa Bin Zayed The First Street, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

For more than 100 years, this incredible historic fort in the lush garden city of Al Ain, about an hour and a half away from Abu Dhabi, has played a major role in the history of the United Arab Emirates. Today, it offers visitors an opportunity to understand the country's story. Situated at the western approach to Al Ain city, Qasr Al Muwaiji's picturesque structure is a fine example of early 20th-century mud-brick architecture and a great place to take stunning photographs. The building is a simple but striking form: a square enclosure with projecting corner towers and a grand entrance gate.

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Al Ain Oasis

Al Mutawaa, Al Ain

Recommended Time: 3 hours

With its still-operational traditional falaj (ancient irrigation system) and meandering pathways shaded beneath a thick canopy of over 147,000 date palms and other fruit trees, Al Ain Oasis is the perfect place to bring family or friends to see what agriculture in this region has looked like for millennia.

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What to expect

Day 3 highlights

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Number of stops

3

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Transport

Bus, Car

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Total Distance

9 KMs

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Duration

9 Hrs

Drench yourself in adventure at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, enjoy fine fare, shopping and relaxation with family or friends at Yas Marina, and get ready for the ride of your life on the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Stop 1

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is a waterpark with Emirati heritage at its heart. The Lost Pearl is the central theme, following the story of a young Emirati girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl. Sitting atop Jebel Dhana, the park’s towering centrepiece, sits an enormous pearl, bringing The Lost Pearl theme to life visually.

Spanning 15 football pitches, this amazing full-day park experience brings you and your family exhilarating water-based activities across a range of thrill levels. With over 40 rides, slides and attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind – you’re sure to make lifelong memories here. 

Try the world-first, largest hydromagnetic-powered, 238-metre long, six-person tornado waterslide, Dawwamma, or check out three-metre-high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, which boasts the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flow boards and bodyboards. The Bandit Bomber, a 550-metre coaster, showcases onboard water and laser effects, with riders shooting jets of water at targets, dropping water bombs and triggering special effects. Passersby below them, meanwhile, can also get in on the action, spraying riders with water as they pass. All that activity should work up an appetite, and you’ll find various restaurants on-site, as well as a souk (market) and pearl-diving exhibits. Entry to the park is AED 250 for adults and AED 230 for children.

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Stop 2

Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Yas Marina is not only one of Abu Dhabi’s finest marinas, but also a vibrant venue offering dining, fitness and leisure facilities for the whole family. Situated at the heart of Yas Island, alongside Yas Marina Circuit’s Formula 1™ race track, the 227-berth marina caters to vessels from eight to 150 metres, with competitive packages and track and non-track views available during the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Casual berthing rates with complimentary visitor berthing for up to four hours allow boat owners to dock, dine and discover Yas Marina’s many outlets.

Speaking of which, Yas Marina features several licensed restaurants and lounges that cater to travellers of all tastes and budgets. Every outlet along the waterside promenade boasts iconic views of the W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, the only five-star hotel built next to a Formula 1™ race track. 

As the sun sets, this family-friendly destination transforms into a bustling dining and nightlife entertainment hot spot. But it doesn’t only come alive after the sun goes down. From premier fitness facilities and physiotherapy services to watersports, boat charters, a children’s playground, musical water fountain, promotions and events, there’s something on offer for all ages throughout the day.

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Stop 3

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 3 hours

If excitement for the entire family is what you’re after, from toddler to teen, parent to grandparent, the mostly indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, is the answer.

Open 365 days a year, the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park tells the marque’s story with passion, showcasing more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, incredible shopping, and authentic Italian dining experiences. The only time you’ll be outside in the sun is on board the Formula Rossa – the world’s fastest roller-coaster. Go from 0 to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds, while soaring to heights of 52 metres. The Flying Aces, meanwhile, comes with the world’s highest roller-coaster loop. Climb 63 metres at a 51-degree angle, and enjoy your ride! The Tyre Change Experience tests if you can match the pace of F1™ pit crews, while Turbo Track offers an epic zero-gravity fall. Those who enjoy a more relaxed experience will love Bell'Italia, a ride that lets you explore a mini Italy in a Ferrari 250 California, circa 1958. The ride also showcases other Italian landmarks such as the Amalfi Coast, Monza Racetrack, the Colosseum di Roma, Venezia and Maranello, the home of Ferrari.

You’ll also find a Family Zone, family-friendly attractions, state-of-the-art simulators, electric-powered go-karts, live shows and an inspiring collection of racing memorabilia.

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Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is a waterpark with Emirati heritage at its heart. The Lost Pearl is the central theme, following the story of a young Emirati girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl. Sitting atop Jebel Dhana, the park’s towering centrepiece, sits an enormous pearl, bringing The Lost Pearl theme to life visually.

Spanning 15 football pitches, this amazing full-day park experience brings you and your family exhilarating water-based activities across a range of thrill levels. With over 40 rides, slides and attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind – you’re sure to make lifelong memories here. 

Try the world-first, largest hydromagnetic-powered, 238-metre long, six-person tornado waterslide, Dawwamma, or check out three-metre-high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, which boasts the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flow boards and bodyboards. The Bandit Bomber, a 550-metre coaster, showcases onboard water and laser effects, with riders shooting jets of water at targets, dropping water bombs and triggering special effects. Passersby below them, meanwhile, can also get in on the action, spraying riders with water as they pass. All that activity should work up an appetite, and you’ll find various restaurants on-site, as well as a souk (market) and pearl-diving exhibits. Entry to the park is AED 250 for adults and AED 230 for children.

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