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Things to do in Abu Dhabi

A city with a packed calendar, the UAE capital is home to world-famous events. Think the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Sailing World Cup, HSBC Golf Championship, and more. Looking for belly laughs? Yas Island's theme parks await. The emirate’s hundreds of islands make a swim in the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf a must, with epic watersports offering heart-pumping action. Natural landscapes at Mangrove National Park, Jubail Mangrove Park, Jebel Hafit peak, the Empty Quarter and conservation park Sir Bani Yas Island invite you to encounter extraordinary wildlife. When it comes to food in the city, prepare for a feast of international flavours.

On the road

Curated trips

No matter how you choose to explore the UAE capital − by car, open-top double-decker bus, cab, chopper or boat − you’ll find destinations to suit your travel style. From reflective cultural spaces to action-packed desert adventures, family-friendly island fun to unbeatable luxury.

Adventure awaits

Desert and outdoors

While in Abu Dhabi, you must discover the beauty of the Empty Quarter desert and the dunes of Al Khaznah. A hike at the foot of Abu Dhabi's tallest peak, Jebel Hafit, is recommended, as is a visit to Al Ain's lush, ancient oases.

A national pastime


There are fabulous malls and vibrant souks (markets) around Abu Dhabi. Discover local and international brands at ultra-modern malls, embrace VIP status at luxury shopping destinations, and find authentic perfumes, handicrafts, spices, carpets and even fresh fruits, vegetables and fish at photo-worthy souks.

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