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12 places to visit for free in Abu Dhabi

You don't need to spend much money to enjoy the UAE's capital to the fullest. In fact, there are places in Abu Dhabi where you don’t need to spend anything at all! Explore museums, parks, natural wonders and the city’s most popular landmarks free of charge. You can even travel to tourist hotspots for free using the Visit Abu Dhabi Shuttle Bus. 

Discover our top picks for places to visit for free in Abu Dhabi.

1. Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's stunning architecture and celebration of cultural diversity make it a must-see for anyone visiting Abu Dhabi. Entry to the Mosque, as well as the cultural tours offered by knowledgeable Emirati guides, is free of charge.

2. Explore Al Jahili Fort

If you’re in the city of Al Ain you must visit one of the UAE’s largest forts, Al Jahili. The fort's lush gardens and exhibition halls are free to stroll through and enjoy. One of the exhibits is dedicated to explorer, Sir Wilfred Thesiger who crossed the Empty Quarter — the world's largest sand mass — twice in the 1940s.

3. Get fit at Hudayriyat Island

Explore Abu Dhabi's ultimate playground for fitness enthusiasts. Hop on scenic cycling tracks or hit the courts for a game of tennis. Hudayriyat Island features a diverse range of state-of-the-art sports facilities, making it your free ticket to an active lifestyle in the heart of the city.

4. Sunbathe on Corniche Beach

If you’re looking for an inexpensive day at the beach, choose Corniche Beach. The beach is two kilometres of white sand and turquoise waters; a dreamy spot to get some sun. There's also a special family zone for groups of beachgoers.

5. Go on a picnic at Green Mubazzarah

Escape to nature at Green Mubazzarah, located near the iconic Jebel Hafit in Al Ain. Pack a picnic basket and unwind amidst lush greenery, hot springs, and breathtaking mountain views. It's the perfect spot to savour free, quality time with loved ones.

6. Get artsy at Manarat Al Saadiyat

Manarat Al Saadiyat is Saadiyat Island’s art, cultural activity and community events centre. The centre's calendar is always packed with free exhibitions and talks, as well as opportunities to create your own art.

7. Hike up Jebel Hafit

Standing at 1,249 metres, Jebel Hafit is Abu Dhabi’s highest peak. From the top, you’ll capture gorgeous views of Al Ain, the perfect backdrop to photos. Don’t worry, the peak is also reachable by car in case you’re looking for an easier way to the top.

8. Learn about the UAE at the Founder’s Memorial

The Founder’s Memorial is a 30-metre high 3D art installation that depicts the Founding Father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Take in the beauty of the surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in the history of the UAE.

9. Take a morning stroll in the Mangrove National Park

There's nothing like waking up to fresh air that mingles with the gentle rustling of lush greenery and the cheerful melodies of birds in their natural habitat. Abu Dhabi's Mangrove National Park is your ideal refuge from the city's hustle and bustle. Indulge in a leisurely walk surrounded by beautiful nature and local wildlife, setting the tone for a harmonious and energising start to your day.

10. Pay respects at Wahat Al Karama

Located opposite Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is Wahat Al Karama, a memorial that commemorates martyrs who sacrificed themselves in service of their country. Arrive just before sunset to watch the daily Honour Guard march.

11. Window shop at the malls

Whether you’re wandering Yas Mall or The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, the malls of Abu Dhabi have everything from traditional market stalls to the world’s finest fashion brands. We won’t tell anyone if you want to treat yourself to a new pair of shoes.

12. Spend family time at Umm Al Emarat Park

As one of the largest and oldest parks in Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Emarat is a must for families wanting to enjoy some fun in the sun. Explore the botanical garden, see the iconic shade house and stop by the animal farm to meet camels, baby goats, cows and ponies.


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