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For an inspiring day soaking up fascinating culture and art, and finding some time to reflect, Abu Dhabi showcases a trio of must-visit destinations in the A Cultural Day Out tour.

Start the day with an awe-inspiring visit to the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a welcoming space that encourages open dialogue and understanding in one of the biggest and most beautiful places of worship in the world. 

After, discover the thought-provoking Wahat Al Karama, 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, take a tour of the stunning Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum that celebrates world cultures and connections and houses hundreds of the globe’s most priceless works of art in a breathtaking building. 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’.

Highlights

1 Day

Walking, Bus, Car

26 KMs

Abu Dhabi Golf Club - Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

Highlights

1 Day

Walking, Bus, Car

26 KMs

Abu Dhabi Golf Club - Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

What to expect

Day 1 highlights

Number of stops

3

Transport

Walking, Bus, Car

Total Distance

26 KMs

Duration

7 Hrs

Soak up the rich culture and take beautiful photographs at the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, find time to reflect at the thought-provoking Wahat Al Karama tribute, and celebrate world culture and priceless art at the stunning Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Stop 1

Recommended Time: 2 hours

When you enter Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, you will understand why it is such a special place. Here, people from all walks of life come together to take in the architecture's beauty and gain a deeper understanding of religion and culture in the United Arab Emirates. The mosque is one of the world's largest and was the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - the Founding Father of the UAE. He envisaged the creation of a welcoming and cultural haven that inspires people from all backgrounds.

Even the construction was a cultural collaboration. The grand structure was designed and built by skilled teams from all over the world, including 1,300 Iranian artisans who hand-knotted the main prayer hall's carpet - the world's largest.

On your journey through the marbled halls, you'll see one-of-a-kind treasures, including gold-plated Swarovski chandeliers, the courtyard's vast marble mosaic artwork and reflective pools that mirror some of the many amethyst-and-jasper-embedded columns. When you're outside, look up to see the mosque's four stunning minarets that proudly stand at 106 metres.

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Stop 2

Recommended Time: 5 minutes

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.

Operating hours

Visitor center: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tours booking: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Memorial plaza area: 24 hours

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Stop 3

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Step inside the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating and fostering the spirit of openness between cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions 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.

From the moment this iconic museum opened its doors in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi art scene elevated to a global scale, implanting a strong sense of pride in locals and residents alike.

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Stop 1

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Recommended Time: 2 hours

When you enter Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, you will understand why it is such a special place. Here, people from all walks of life come together to take in the architecture's beauty and gain a deeper understanding of religion and culture in the United Arab Emirates. The mosque is one of the world's largest and was the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - the Founding Father of the UAE. He envisaged the creation of a welcoming and cultural haven that inspires people from all backgrounds.

Even the construction was a cultural collaboration. The grand structure was designed and built by skilled teams from all over the world, including 1,300 Iranian artisans who hand-knotted the main prayer hall's carpet - the world's largest.

On your journey through the marbled halls, you'll see one-of-a-kind treasures, including gold-plated Swarovski chandeliers, the courtyard's vast marble mosaic artwork and reflective pools that mirror some of the many amethyst-and-jasper-embedded columns. When you're outside, look up to see the mosque's four stunning minarets that proudly stand at 106 metres.

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