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10 places to see the sunset in Abu Dhabi

The pristine skies of Abu Dhabi offer up amazing views wherever you look, especially during the golden hour of sunset. It doesn't matter if you're venturing into the desert or taking a relaxing city break, there's a perfect spot near you to capture this special moment of the day.

So where are the best places to see the sunset in Abu Dhabi? We've compiled the ultimate list of places around Abu Dhabi where you can take in the setting sun. When you capture the perfect shot, be sure to tag it with #InAbuDhabi.

1. Observation Deck at 300

Grab stunning sunset photos from one of the highest vantage points in Abu Dhabi. Observation Deck at 300 in Etihad Tower's second tower offers uninterrupted views of the city skyline from 300 metres above the Corniche and its beaches.

Entry is AED 95 which includes a AED 55 voucher to spend at the café where you can enjoy a selection of the finest teas, coffees and treats.

2. Jebel Hafit Desert Park

Jebel Hafit is home to the emirate's highest peak, a rich archaeological history and beautiful landscapes. Take in the sunset atop the mountains or from down below where you'll see the golden hour light hit sandy rock faces.

Located just outside Al Ain, the park is roughly a 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi city. Jebel Hafit Desert Park is part of the UAE's first UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ideal location to take in the area's natural surroundings. Enjoy mountain biking, historical tours and camping experiences like no other.

3. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is already on every visitor’s to-do list, and for good reason. The mosque is a celebration of the United Arab Emirates's cultural diversity and tolerant outlook, as well as one of the most impressive architectural feats in the country’s history. And the best time to capture its beauty is at sunset, when the decorative details and bright white facades glow in the golden hour light.

4. Wahat Al Karama

Opposite Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands Wahat Al Karama, the UAE's impressive memorial to Emirati martyrs. Designed by British artist Idris Khan, the memorial's 31 tablets honour the nation's heroes through poems and quotes from the UAE's leadership. Visitors can also watch the daily Honour Guard march, which takes place just before sunset every day.

5. Abu Dhabi Corniche

The Abu Dhabi Corniche stretches along eight kilometres of waterfront and is lined with immaculate beaches, cafés and restaurants. Take a golden hour stroll along the boardwalk to capture some incredible photos, or get active and hire a bicycle from rental stations located all along the Corniche.

6. Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan, Abu Dhabi's majestic presidential palace, stands proudly in the Al Ras Al Akhdar district close to the ocean. Visitors can learn about the UAE's rich history, hear stories of the country's formation and take in the breathtaking architecture of arched domes and vast halls.

In the sunset light, the palace's white exterior glows a golden hue; the perfect moment for a photo. After sunset, the palace lights up with the impressive family-friendly Palace In Motion event. The light and sound show begins 30 minutes after the sun goes down and celebrates the UAE's journey in the most incredible way. Timings are subject to change.

7. Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab world and an icon of the city. Art lovers are treated to ancient treasures and contemporary masterpieces, all within a structure that is a work of art in itself.

The museum’s defining feature is architect Jean Nouvel’s silver geometric dome. During the day, a ‘rain of light’ seeps through the dome and bathes visitors in the sun’s rays. It’s a delight to experience, whether you're visiting at midday or dusk.

Before making the trip to the museum, be sure to book your tickets for the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

8. Al Ain Zoo

To catch the sunset in the wildest way possible, why not have dinner with the lions at Al Ain Zoo? That's right, at the region's largest zoo you can dine at dusk by the lion enclosure. As an appetiser, enjoy a tour of the zoo and get up close to exotic animals like rhinos, hippos and tigers.

Entry to Al Ain Zoo is only AED 30 for adults and AED 10 for children. Be sure to book and plan ahead for extra activities including the 'Dinner with the lions' experience.

9. Sir Bani Yas Island

This is the natural beauty of Sir Bani Yas Island, an island home to stunning landscapes, historical treasures and 17,000 animals. The island, which is one of eight that make up the islands of Al Dhafra, was awarded the World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination by the World Travel Awards in 2014.

It's a one-of-a-kind location to watch the sun go down. You could witness the sunset on a 4x4 nature safari or maybe even on the terrace of your own private villa overlooking the shores of the Arabian Gulf. Explore the island by staying at one of three luxurious Anantara resorts.

10. Telal Resort

Once home to ancient Bedouin tribes, the Remah Desert is a vast landscape just beyond the city of Al Ain. Here lies the Telal Resort, a boutique getaway effortlessly combining luxury and Emirati architecture. The resort has a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for relaxing days and tranquil evenings watching the sunset behind the golden dunes of the desert.

As well as being a picturesque place, guests can also enjoy cultural activities here, such as horse/camel riding, falconry, sandboarding, ATV and a private desert safari. Telal Resort is also where you could spot the Arabian Oryx roaming, flourishing and thriving in their natural environment.


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