The Complete Abu Dhabi Experience

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The Complete Abu Dhabi Experience tour offers a three-day package covering key landmarks across the capital as well as the garden city of Al Ain.

Start the day with an awe-inspiring visit to the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel. Top tip: capture photos of its gold, mother-of-pearl and crystal-encrusted central dome. Next, see the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an open and welcoming place of worship and an iconic landmark. Finally, take a tour of Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum that celebrates world cultures and houses hundreds of the globe’s most priceless works.

On day two, head to Abu Dhabi’s garden city of Al Ain to gain insights into UAE heritage. Enjoy a visit to the 4,000-year-old Al Ain Oasis, see historic structures like Al Jahili Fort, built in the 1890s, and Qasr Al Muwaiji, featuring a picturesque structure that’s a fine example of early 20th-century mud-brick architecture.

Drench yourself in adventure on day three at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, a waterpark with Emirati heritage at its heart. Next, explore Yas Marina, one of Abu Dhabi’s finest marinas and a vibrant leisure venue. Finally, try out the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the Formula Rossa, at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Highlights

3 days

Emirates Palace

60 KMs

Bus, Car

Highlights

3 days

Emirates Palace

60 KMs

Bus, Car

What to expect

Day 1 highlights

Number of stops

3

Transport

Bus, Car

Total Distance

45 KMs

Duration

8 Hrs

Discover the opulence of Abu Dhabi’s five-star Emirates Palace hotel, capture covetable photos at the majestic and open-to-all Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and discover global culture and art at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Emirates Palace

Stop 1

Stop 1

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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Stop 2

Stop 2

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 3

Stop 3

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 1

Emirates Palace

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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Emirates Palace
Emirates Palace
What to expect

Day 2 highlights

Number of stops

3

Transport

Walking, Bus, Car

Total Distance

6 KMs

Duration

8 Hrs

Head into Abu Dhabi’s lush garden city of Al Ain to explore a 4,000-year-old oasis and still-working traditional falaj (irrigation system), and discover ancient forts and buildings that tell centuries-old stories.

Al Ain Oasis

Stop 1

Stop 1

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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Stop 2

Stop 2

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Since opening its gates in 2008, Al Jahili Fort – set in Abu Dhabi's lush garden city of Al Ain, about an hour and a half away from the capital – has been a focal point of activities associated with the philosophy, culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi. Al Jahili is one of the largest forts in the UAE, built in the 1890s on the orders of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, also known as Zayed the First, as the home to members of the ruling Al Nahyan family.

Between 2007 and 2008 the fort was impeccably restored by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi. Transformed into a cultural centre and tourist attraction, it now houses a permanent exhibition devoted to Sir Wilfred Thesiger, the intrepid explorer, travel writer and photographer who, with his Emirati and Omani companions, crossed the world's largest sand mass, the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali), twice in the 1940s. Al Jahili Fort is also home to a temporary exhibition gallery. Surrounded by a lush park, this enchanting fort won the prestigious Terra Award for Internal Design and Layout in 2016. 

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Stop 3

Stop 3

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 1

Al Ain Oasis

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 Oasis
Al Ain Oasis
What to expect

Day 3 highlights

Number of stops

3

Transport

Bus, Car

Total Distance

9 KMs

Duration

9 Hrs

Drench yourself in adventure at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, enjoy fine fare, shopping and relaxation with family or friends at Yas Marina, and get ready for the ride of your life on the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Stop 1

Stop 1

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is a waterpark with Emirati heritage at its heart. The Lost Pearl is the central theme, following the story of a young Emirati girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl. Sitting atop Jebel Dhana, the park’s towering centrepiece, sits an enormous pearl, bringing The Lost Pearl theme to life visually. Spanning 15 football pitches, this amazing full-day park experience brings you and your family exhilarating water-based activities across a range of thrill levels.

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Stop 2

Stop 2

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Yas Marina is not only one of Abu Dhabi’s finest marinas, but also a vibrant venue offering dining, fitness and leisure facilities for the whole family. Situated at the heart of Yas Island, alongside Yas Marina Circuit’s Formula 1™ race track, the 227-berth marina caters to vessels from eight to 150 metres, with competitive packages and track and non-track views available during the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Casual berthing rates with complimentary visitor berthing for up to four hours allow boat owners to dock, dine and discover Yas Marina’s many outlets.

Speaking of which, Yas Marina features several licensed restaurants and lounges that cater to travellers of all tastes and budgets. Every outlet along the waterside promenade boasts iconic views of the W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, the only five-star hotel built next to a Formula 1™ race track. 

As the sun sets, this family-friendly destination transforms into a bustling dining and nightlife entertainment hot spot. But it doesn’t only come alive after the sun goes down. From premier fitness facilities and physiotherapy services to watersports, boat charters, a children’s playground, musical water fountain, promotions and events, there’s something on offer for all ages throughout the day.

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Stop 3

Stop 3

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 Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is a waterpark with Emirati heritage at its heart. The Lost Pearl is the central theme, following the story of a young Emirati girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl. Sitting atop Jebel Dhana, the park’s towering centrepiece, sits an enormous pearl, bringing The Lost Pearl theme to life visually. Spanning 15 football pitches, this amazing full-day park experience brings you and your family exhilarating water-based activities across a range of thrill levels.

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Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi