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For golf lovers looking for a one-of-a-kind golfing getaway, this Abu Dhabi itinerary will suit them to a tee. 

On day one, head to Abu Dhabi Golf Club, home to the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Next, explore the family-friendly Al Forsan International Sports Resort. 

On day two, discover Yas Links Abu Dhabi, the Middle East's only true links course. Next, head to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park. 

On day three, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club beckons. Louvre Abu Dhabi is next, with the nearby Manarat Al Saadiyat encouraging visitors to embrace creativity.

On day four, check out the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club. Qasr Al Muwaiji fort is next, with the 4,000-year-old Al Ain Oasis being the final stop of day four. 

On day five, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club is on the list, as is Wahat Al Karama, a permanent tribute to the UAE's brave soldiers and other Emiratis, recognised as martyrs. Then, discover the majesty of nearby Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and finish your tour with a visit to Emirates Palace, a lavish hotel.

Highlights

5 Days

Bus, Car

72 KMs

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Highlights

5 Days

Bus, Car

72 KMs

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

What to expect

Day 1 highlights

Total Distance

4 KMs

Number of stops

2

Transport

Car

Duration

7 Hrs

Tee off at the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi Golf Club before exploring Al Forsan International Sports Resort, with its impressive array of sports and Olympic-standard activities.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

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Stop 1

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, designed by Peter Harradine in 1998, is a 27- Hole Championship course that opened its doors to golfers and non-golfers alike in May of 2000. The impressive clubhouse, built in the shape of a falcon with its wings outstretched, overlooks the golf course.

The Clubhouse dominates the scene as you look across the lakes from the far end of the course. The superbly designed building exudes a relaxed elegance both inside and out. With lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and generous greens, the 27-hole championship course, has hosted 16 consecutive editions of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, with its 162 hectares and one of the best world-class 27-hole championship golfing facilities in the world, has been dubbed a 'super course' by leading sections of the golfing press.

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Stop 2

Stop 2

Recommended Time: 3 hours

The first-of-its-kind sporting resort in the Middle East, Al Forsan International Sports Resort offers fun activities and entertainment for all ages and skill levels, from toddlers and young kids to teens, parents and grandparents. As Abu Dhabi’s reputation as one of the world’s best international sporting destinations grows, the free-to-enter Al Forsan International Sports Resort continues to offer an impressive array of sports and Olympic-standard activities, including shooting, equestrian pursuits, motorsports, paintball, wakeboarding, water-skiing and more, all in one destination.

Whether you're training for an international sporting event, just looking for an exciting outing for the whole family, or even a fantastic team-building or corporate venue, Al Forsan International Sports Resort offers something for everyone. Book a fun one-day outing or, if you're staying in the emirate for longer, pick up a membership and enjoy a wide range of benefits available only to club members, including exclusive access to members-only areas and special rates.

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, designed by Peter Harradine in 1998, is a 27- Hole Championship course that opened its doors to golfers and non-golfers alike in May of 2000. The impressive clubhouse, built in the shape of a falcon with its wings outstretched, overlooks the golf course.

The Clubhouse dominates the scene as you look across the lakes from the far end of the course. The superbly designed building exudes a relaxed elegance both inside and out. With lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and generous greens, the 27-hole championship course, has hosted 16 consecutive editions of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, with its 162 hectares and one of the best world-class 27-hole championship golfing facilities in the world, has been dubbed a 'super course' by leading sections of the golfing press.

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
What to expect

Day 2 highlights

Total Distance

2 KMs

Number of stops

2

Transport

Car

Duration

7 Hrs

Discover the Kyle Phillips-designed Yas Links Abu Dhabi course before heading to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for a fun few hours of rides and laughter.

Yas Links Abu Dhabi

Stop 1

Stop 1

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Set among rolling hills and delicate mangrove plantations, Yas Links Abu Dhabi - designed by Kyle Phillips, the world-renowned course architect - is the Middle East's only true links course, in line with the traditional links golf commonly associated with the coastal towns of Scotland and Ireland.

Nestled on the western shores of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi's landmark entertainment destination, every daunting and dynamic Yas Links hole boasts sparkling Arabian Gulf views, with eight running right up along the coastline. A favourite with UAE-based players, the course has been recognised as one of The World’s Top City Golf Clubs by CNN Travel and has also been named as one of the world's most beautiful courses by MSN UK.

Voted among the Top 10 New International Golf Courses by the USA's influential Golf Magazine, and named one of the world's top 25 by US publication Golf Digest, the Par 72 championship course stretches to a demanding 7,450 yards, while a nine-hole Par 3 academy course, floodlit practice facilities and luxurious clubhouse further complement the offering.

Served by seven nearby hotels, including the iconic five-star W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island - the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula 1™ track - Yas Links is distinguished by private boat mooring and a fine-dining restaurant, a private lawn for events and croquet, and stunning views of Abu Dhabi's 21st-century skyline thrown into the mix.

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Stop 2

Stop 2

Recommended Time: 3 hours

If excitement for the entire family is what you’re after, from toddler to teen, parent to grandparent, the mostly indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, is the answer.

Open 365 days a year, the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park tells the marque’s story with passion, showcasing more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, incredible shopping, and authentic Italian dining experiences. The only time you’ll be outside in the sun is on board the Formula Rossa – the world’s fastest roller-coaster. Go from 0 to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds, while soaring to heights of 52 metres.

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Yas Links Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Set among rolling hills and delicate mangrove plantations, Yas Links Abu Dhabi - designed by Kyle Phillips, the world-renowned course architect - is the Middle East's only true links course, in line with the traditional links golf commonly associated with the coastal towns of Scotland and Ireland.

Nestled on the western shores of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi's landmark entertainment destination, every daunting and dynamic Yas Links hole boasts sparkling Arabian Gulf views, with eight running right up along the coastline. A favourite with UAE-based players, the course has been recognised as one of The World’s Top City Golf Clubs by CNN Travel and has also been named as one of the world's most beautiful courses by MSN UK.

Voted among the Top 10 New International Golf Courses by the USA's influential Golf Magazine, and named one of the world's top 25 by US publication Golf Digest, the Par 72 championship course stretches to a demanding 7,450 yards, while a nine-hole Par 3 academy course, floodlit practice facilities and luxurious clubhouse further complement the offering.

Served by seven nearby hotels, including the iconic five-star W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island - the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula 1™ track - Yas Links is distinguished by private boat mooring and a fine-dining restaurant, a private lawn for events and croquet, and stunning views of Abu Dhabi's 21st-century skyline thrown into the mix.

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Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Yas Links Abu Dhabi
What to expect

Day 3 highlights

Total Distance

9 KMs

Number of stops

3

Transport

Car

Duration

10 Hrs

Discover breathtaking sights at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club before channelling your cultural side at Louvre Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Stop 1

Stop 1

Recommended Time: 4 hours

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is the region's first ocean course, with stunning views. The Gary-Player-designed masterpiece respectfully harnesses the natural beauty of Saadiyat Island's magnificent white-sand beaches, offering a truly unique playing experience. With five five-star properties nearby - including The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotels and Villas, Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, and Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort - this picturesque island is an ideal holiday spot for families, solo travellers, groups or couples.

With the meandering, eco-conscious course providing stunning sea views, there's also the chance to spot dolphins at play in the glistening Arabian Gulf. Designed with amateurs and professionals in mind, carefully positioned tee boxes ensure the total yardage starts at 5,290, although the course can be extended to a whopping 7,784 yards for pros. The clubhouse is a great place to dine, with a fantastic terrace for prize-giving ceremonies or outdoor socialising.

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Stop 2

Stop 2

Recommended Time: 3 hours

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

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Stop 3

Stop 3

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Saadiyat Island’s art, cultural activity and community events centre, Manarat Al Saadiyat brings Saadiyat's vision to life, encouraging visitors to come together and share, experiment, create their own art, discover exhibitions, exchange ideas, enjoy sumptuous food, or listen to talks. 

Meaning 'a place of enlightenment' in Arabic, Manarat Al Saadiyat is home to the annual Abu Dhabi Art fair, as well as an outdoor events terrace, café and brasserie, three galleries for temporary exhibits, a photography studio, an art studio, 250-seat auditorium and gift shop.

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Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Recommended Time: 4 hours

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is the region's first ocean course, with stunning views. The Gary-Player-designed masterpiece respectfully harnesses the natural beauty of Saadiyat Island's magnificent white-sand beaches, offering a truly unique playing experience. With five five-star properties nearby - including The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotels and Villas, Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, and Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort - this picturesque island is an ideal holiday spot for families, solo travellers, groups or couples.

With the meandering, eco-conscious course providing stunning sea views, there's also the chance to spot dolphins at play in the glistening Arabian Gulf. Designed with amateurs and professionals in mind, carefully positioned tee boxes ensure the total yardage starts at 5,290, although the course can be extended to a whopping 7,784 yards for pros. The clubhouse is a great place to dine, with a fantastic terrace for prize-giving ceremonies or outdoor socialising.

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Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
What to expect

Day 4 highlights

Total Distance

19 KMs

Number of stops

3

Transport

Car

Duration

6 Hrs

Kickstart your day at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in the garden city of Al Ain before exploring the historic and picturesque Qasr Al Muwaiji fort and the lush 4,000-year-old Al Ain Oasis.

Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club

Stop 1

Stop 1

Recommended Time: hours

In the shadow of the soaring Jebel Hafit mountain in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s lush garden city and heritage heartland, sits the area’s first 18-hole facility. With water in play on 12 holes, this serious but conquerable Par 71 course also includes the Arabian Gulf’s longest Par 5 – the mammoth 678-yard Hole 10. To complement the 18-hole mainstay, there’s also a floodlit, nine-hole, Par 3 Academy Course, ideal for a round of night golf.

Several stables accommodate up to 155 horses while supporting equestrian facilities include an outdoor arena made of sandblast – one of the best surfaces to learn to ride on – four surface arenas, 15 sand paddocks, three specialised horse walkers and a 3,000-metre international-standard race track. The club’s unrivalled lessons programme is popular with expats and international visitors, with expert horseback riding tuition on offer for children and adults of all skill levels. The centre’s riding academy is unlike any other training facility in the UAE in that it offers students of all ages a wide range of riding disciplines to choose from. Simply show up and saddle up.

If you’d like to try your hand at shooting, this is the place to do it. Considered the UAE’s best in terms of Olympic and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) standards, the club is ideal for beginners, corporate groups and experienced shooters. It offers a wide range of facilities, including a 25-metre pistol range, 50-metre rifle range and 10-metre air pistol and rifle ranges, all equipped with an electronic scoring system. There are also four ranges for the clay shooting disciplines of skeet, trap and double trap. The club is a great resource for shooting and gun tips, equipment advice and competition opportunities for registered members.

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Stop 2

Stop 2

Recommended Time: 2 hours

For more than 100 years, this incredible historic fort in the lush garden city of Al Ain, about an hour and a half away from Abu Dhabi, has played a major role in the history of the United Arab Emirates. Today, it offers visitors an opportunity to understand the country's story. Situated at the western approach to Al Ain city, Qasr Al Muwaiji's picturesque structure is a fine example of early 20th-century mud-brick architecture and a great place to take stunning photographs. The building is a simple but striking form: a square enclosure with projecting corner towers and a grand entrance gate.

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Stop 3

Stop 3

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Al Ain Oasis covers 1,200 hectares and provides a unique insight into the region's inhabitants who began taming the desert 4,000 years ago. Located in the centre of Al Ain, the oasis is a 90-minute drive away from the capital and free to enter. Here, visitors can get up close to a traditional falaj, an ancient irrigation system that today nourishes local grasslands and over 147,000 date palms and fruit trees.

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Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club

Recommended Time: hours

In the shadow of the soaring Jebel Hafit mountain in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s lush garden city and heritage heartland, sits the area’s first 18-hole facility. With water in play on 12 holes, this serious but conquerable Par 71 course also includes the Arabian Gulf’s longest Par 5 – the mammoth 678-yard Hole 10. To complement the 18-hole mainstay, there’s also a floodlit, nine-hole, Par 3 Academy Course, ideal for a round of night golf.

Several stables accommodate up to 155 horses while supporting equestrian facilities include an outdoor arena made of sandblast – one of the best surfaces to learn to ride on – four surface arenas, 15 sand paddocks, three specialised horse walkers and a 3,000-metre international-standard race track. The club’s unrivalled lessons programme is popular with expats and international visitors, with expert horseback riding tuition on offer for children and adults of all skill levels. The centre’s riding academy is unlike any other training facility in the UAE in that it offers students of all ages a wide range of riding disciplines to choose from. Simply show up and saddle up.

If you’d like to try your hand at shooting, this is the place to do it. Considered the UAE’s best in terms of Olympic and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) standards, the club is ideal for beginners, corporate groups and experienced shooters. It offers a wide range of facilities, including a 25-metre pistol range, 50-metre rifle range and 10-metre air pistol and rifle ranges, all equipped with an electronic scoring system. There are also four ranges for the clay shooting disciplines of skeet, trap and double trap. The club is a great resource for shooting and gun tips, equipment advice and competition opportunities for registered members.

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Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club
Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club
What to expect

Day 5 highlights

Total Distance

35 KMs

Number of stops

4

Transport

Car

Duration

9 Hrs

The Abu Dhabi City Golf Club is next on your golfing list, followed by the touching Wahat Al Karama tribute, the majestic and welcoming Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the lavish Emirates Palace hotel.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Stop 1

Stop 1

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, designed by Peter Harradine in 1998, is a 27- Hole Championship course that opened its doors to golfers and non-golfers alike in May of 2000. The impressive clubhouse, built in the shape of a falcon with its wings outstretched, overlooks the golf course.

The Clubhouse dominates the scene as you look across the lakes from the far end of the course. The superbly designed building exudes a relaxed elegance both inside and out. With lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and generous greens, the 27-hole championship course, has hosted 16 consecutive editions of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, with its 162 hectares and one of the best world-class 27-hole championship golfing facilities in the world, has been dubbed a 'super course' by leading sections of the golfing press.

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Stop 2

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

Stop 3

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques and an architectural masterpiece that beautifully combines Islamic architecture and design. 

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, had the mosque built in the capital city Abu Dhabi to create a cultural haven that welcomes and inspires people from all backgrounds.

Standing over 100 metres tall at its highest point, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must-see for any traveller visiting the city looking for things to do.

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Stop 4

Stop 4

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Emirates Palace is a world-famous hotel known for its enchanting Arabesque style, award-winning five-star hospitality and wonderfully unique and authentic local experiences. The hotel's main building stretches over one kilometre from wing to wing, with the gardens spread across 100 hectares.

Although located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the hotel is truly in a world of its own, with a pristine 1.3km private beach for guests, landscaped pools, a private marina overlooking a natural bay, a luxury spa and some of the world's most highly-rated restaurants.

And then there's the architecture. Emirates Palace features 114 domes, with the central dome being 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.

During the day, the palace's golden exterior contrasts with the lush greenery, silvery water fountains, and crisp blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes ever so subtly, with an ethereal rainbow effect displayed on the main dome.

Emirates Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in Abu Dhabi, but you don’t need to stay here to enjoy its breathtaking facilities.

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, designed by Peter Harradine in 1998, is a 27- Hole Championship course that opened its doors to golfers and non-golfers alike in May of 2000. The impressive clubhouse, built in the shape of a falcon with its wings outstretched, overlooks the golf course.

The Clubhouse dominates the scene as you look across the lakes from the far end of the course. The superbly designed building exudes a relaxed elegance both inside and out. With lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and generous greens, the 27-hole championship course, has hosted 16 consecutive editions of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, with its 162 hectares and one of the best world-class 27-hole championship golfing facilities in the world, has been dubbed a 'super course' by leading sections of the golfing press.

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Abu Dhabi Golf Club