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Looking to get a taste of everything that Abu Dhabi has to offer over three days? This is the perfect city tour for you.

Catch a glimpse of the modern, cosmopolitan side of the capital on Yas Island and enjoy exhilarating rides at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi on day one.

On day two, soak up surprising natural sights in the massive and impressive conservation park on Sir Bani Yas Island, home to 17,000-plus free-roaming animals, including Arabian oryx, giraffes, cheetahs and hyenas.

Finally, explore the luxurious Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, as well as the Liwa Desert’s majestic surrounds on a quad bike, camel, horse or fat bike on day three.

Highlights

3 Days

Walking, Bus, Car

73 KMs

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Highlights

3 Days

Walking, Bus, Car

73 KMs

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

What to expect

Day 1 highlights

Number of stops

4

Transport

Car

Total Distance

57 KMs

Duration

11 Hrs

Enjoy impressive family-friendly rides at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and, if you’re up for a dose of speed, try out the world’s fastest roller-coaster there.

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: 2 hours

Looking to soak up Abu Dhabi’s famous year-round sunshine? The immaculate Corniche Beach is one of the best places to do it. This beautiful beach isn’t just home to turquoise water and soft, white sand, it also has a beautiful seaside boardwalk, with well-kept walkways home to manicured gardens and benches overlooking the picturesque Arabian Gulf.

The 2km beach is divided into three sections: Al Sahil (Gate 4, free entry) is perfect for singles and larger groups, Gate 2 is ideal for families and has its own quiet zone, with Gate 3 also being great for families and kids. The two latter beaches are shielded from view with a fence. Showers, changing rooms and cabanas are available, and sun loungers and umbrellas can be hired for a fee. A lifeguard is on duty until sunset.

Feel like getting active? Take a stroll to the nearby children’s play area, or check out the cycle and pedestrian pathways and free sports facilities, including five volleyball courts, two football pitches and three playing fields. Get into the beautiful blue ocean with a snorkelling experience and discover local aquatic life. If all that activity works up an appetite, you’ll find several cafés and restaurants nearby.

The turquoise sea and swaying palm trees make this spotlessly maintained Blue Flag public beach an unexpected gem in the heart of the UAE capital. Entrance is AED 10 for adults and AED 5 for children. Kids under five go free. You’ll pay AED 25 per sun lounger.

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Stop 3

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi is where luxurious comfort, impeccable service and unique dining experiences come together in an enchanting setting. From a distance, the hotel looks like something out of an Arabian fairytale, with the main building alone stretching over one kilometre from one wing to the other and the gardens spreading across 100 hectares. Walking in, you will find a sense of deep relaxation washing over you. With a pristine 1.3km private beach, stunning pools, a private marina and natural bay, a beautiful spa and highly-rated dining venues - you can't go wrong with a holiday here.

Emirates Palace is one of the most remarkable buildings in Abu Dhabi when it comes to architecture. Picture this: During the day, the palace's golden exterior contrasts with the lush greenery, silvery water fountains, and crisp blue sky. And at night, the hotel's lighting changes subtly, with an ethereal rainbow effect displayed on the main dome. Featuring 114 domes, the palace's central dome is a striking 72.6 metres above the ground, meticulously crafted with gold, mother of pearl and crystals. The building also boasts 1,002 chandeliers - the largest weighing 2.5 tons - with other photo-worthy features, including two handmade wall displays portraying the palace.



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Stop 4

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping like riding the world's fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, here at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Feel the exhilaration as you go from 0 to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds while soaring 52 metres in the air. The whole family will find an adrenaline-fueled ride just for them; everyone can join in the high-octane fun. The Ferrari-branded theme park on Yas Island is home to more than 20 record-breaking attractions, including the highest loop ride, and it all happens underneath the tallest space-frame structure on the planet.


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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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What to expect

Day 2 highlights

Number of stops

3

Transport

Car

Total Distance

14 KMs

Duration

6 Hrs

Take in stunning vistas and 17,000-plus free-roaming animals, including Arabian oryx, cheetahs and hyenas, at the conservation park on Sir Bani Yas Island.

Arabian Wildlife Park

Stop 1

Recommended Time: 2 hours

One of the world’s best-kept secrets is Abu Dhabi’s Arabian Wildlife Park, a must-visit natural attraction located on the incredible and often surprising Sir Bani Yas Island. Home to more than 17,000 free-roaming animals, the park - which takes up more than half the island - offers an incredible natural escape ideal for families, couples and solo travellers.

Step up on the park’s safe, purpose-built viewing platforms, made completely from recycled materials, and create life-long memories, up close and personal (at eye-level) with the island’s friendly resident giraffes.

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Stop 2

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Take a walk on the wild side and discover the wilderness of Sir Bani Yas Island, one of the eight desert islands of Al Dhafra. This dramatic landscape is home to stunning wildlife, a range of family-friendly adventure activities, five-star boutique hotels, luxury villas, purpose-built stables and historical sites.

The Arabian Wildlife Park makes up more than half of this incredible island. It's one of the region’s largest wildlife reserves home to more than 17,000 free-roaming animals, including Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs. Guests can enjoy 4x4 nature and wildlife safaris in specially made vehicles accompanied by expert guides, with the island’s state-of-the-art stables offering a variety of equestrian activities and lessons for the whole family. If you’re looking for a customised tour to explore the island in more detail, Danat Resort Jebel Dhanna, a hotel on the Abu Dhabi mainland, can help you book one.

The ancient island is also home to the UAE's only discovered Christian monastery, which can be visited during a Desert Islands Resort and Spa Culture Tour. Thought to have been built around 600AD and abandoned in 750AD, the monastery was rediscovered during excavations in 1992.


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Stop 3

Recommended Time: 1hours

An exclusive, intimate island experience featuring one- and two-bedroom villas in a private setting on beautiful white sand overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Inspired by traditional Arabic fishing and pearl-diving villages and their barasti (palm frond) houses, the 30 Al Yamm villas – some with private plunge pools – are sustainably built, designed to complement the island's delicate ecosystem and with additional views across a mangrove-filled salt-water lagoon.

With three Anantara resorts on Sir Bani Yas Island, guests can enrich their stay with complimentary transfers between the trio of retreats, giving them the freedom to enjoy all the facilities and pleasures of Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, including pampering Anantara Spa rituals, timeless activities such as archery and falconry, a wide range of watersports and, of course, a mouthwatering choice of restaurants.

With a central lodge featuring a Mediterranean restaurant and lounge, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort offers you privacy with a dash of luxury. Visitors can also enjoy nature and wildlife drives across the island's Arabian Wildlife Park, scuba diving and mangrove kayaking from the Desert Islands Watersports Centre, or simply relax at the on-site Al Yamm Spa Villa.

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Stop 1

Arabian Wildlife Park

Recommended Time: 2 hours

One of the world’s best-kept secrets is Abu Dhabi’s Arabian Wildlife Park, a must-visit natural attraction located on the incredible and often surprising Sir Bani Yas Island. Home to more than 17,000 free-roaming animals, the park - which takes up more than half the island - offers an incredible natural escape ideal for families, couples and solo travellers.

Step up on the park’s safe, purpose-built viewing platforms, made completely from recycled materials, and create life-long memories, up close and personal (at eye-level) with the island’s friendly resident giraffes.

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What to expect

Day 3 highlights

Number of stops

2

Transport

Car

Total Distance

1 KMs

Explore the enchanting Liwa Desert on a quad bike, camel, horse or fat bike, with the luxurious Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara as your base.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Stop 1

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Seeing this stunning hotel emerge from the shimmering, flame-coloured dunes of the majestic Empty Quarter is like witnessing an illustration from the fairytale One Thousand and One Nights come to life. Like a mirage that seemingly appears out of nowhere, the luxury Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is a plush oasis just 200km from Abu Dhabi city.

The Empty Quarter, also known as the Rub’ al Khali, is the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass, and Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara reflects the region’s ancient cultural traditions, welcoming adventurers of all ages with warm Arabian hospitality. From families seeking new sights and solo travellers looking for action in a unique, ever-changing landscape, to couples searching for a romantic escape, this luxe resort offers everything you need to create a dream holiday.

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Stop 2

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Describing the world's largest uninterrupted sand mass, explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger wrote, “It was very still, with the silence which we have driven from our world”.

Today, the magical Rub' al Khali (Empty Quarter) offers the same serene silence that it did when Thesiger scoured it with his Emirati and Omani companions in the 1940s. Even today, its fine golden and red sands shift with the winds to form dunes hundreds of feet high and visible as far as the eye can see.

Perfect for the traveller who wants an authentic and immersive adventure experience, Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter is a must-see bucket-list destination.

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Qasr al Sarab

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Seeing this stunning hotel emerge from the shimmering, flame-coloured dunes of the majestic Empty Quarter is like witnessing an illustration from the fairytale One Thousand and One Nights come to life. Like a mirage that seemingly appears out of nowhere, the luxury Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is a plush oasis just 200km from Abu Dhabi city.

The Empty Quarter, also known as the Rub’ al Khali, is the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass, and Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara reflects the region’s ancient cultural traditions, welcoming adventurers of all ages with warm Arabian hospitality. From families seeking new sights and solo travellers looking for action in a unique, ever-changing landscape, to couples searching for a romantic escape, this luxe resort offers everything you need to create a dream holiday.

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