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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

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 2

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 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

Emirates Palace

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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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

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Take a walk through the shaded pathways and reconnect with nature in the lush greenery of Al Ain Oasis - a peaceful retreat spread across 1,200 hectares in the ‘Green City’ of Al Ain.

Located just a 90-minute drive from the capital city of Abu Dhabi, it is easy to forget that you are in a desert. This magnificent oasis is a dreamy sight for sore eyes and one of the most beautiful oases Abu Dhabi has. Here you can enjoy a bit of respite from city life and appreciate 147,000 date palm trees, over 100 different varieties of vegetation and relics of the past, like the ancient irrigation system known as falaj. The falaj is an essential piece of the region’s heritage and one of the many reasons why Al Ain is a UNESCO Cultural Site.

Al Ain Oasis is free to enter, and there are many ways to explore and learn about this natural marvel!

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Stop 2

Recommended Time: 2 hours

Since opening its gates in 2008, Al Jahili Fort – set about an hour and a half away from Abu Dhabi in the lush garden city of Al Ain – 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.

Built of sun-dried mud brick, early restoration work was done on the fort in 1985, followed by a major rehabilitation project by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi between 2007 and 2008. Surrounded by a lush park, the enchanting fort has received the prestigious Terra Award for Internal Design and Layout in 2016.

Transformed into a cultural centre and tourist attraction, it now houses a temporary exhibition gallery as well as a permanent exhibition devoted to Sir Wilfred Thesiger. He was an 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.

Nearby must-visit attractions include the historical Jahili Mosque, built around the same time as the fort.



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Stop 3

Recommended Time: 2 hours

There is an old saying that 'walls have ears'. Imagine what stories the walls of Qasr Al Muwaiji would tell, if they could, from more than 100 years ago. Add this historical stop to your itinerary for a deeper insight into the UAE's intriguing past. Situated in Al Ain, a lush garden city just an hour and a half away from Abu Dhabi, you will be amazed as you enter this simple yet striking structure at how the country has evolved from its humble beginnings.

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Stop 1

Al Ain Oasis

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Take a walk through the shaded pathways and reconnect with nature in the lush greenery of Al Ain Oasis - a peaceful retreat spread across 1,200 hectares in the ‘Green City’ of Al Ain.

Located just a 90-minute drive from the capital city of Abu Dhabi, it is easy to forget that you are in a desert. This magnificent oasis is a dreamy sight for sore eyes and one of the most beautiful oases Abu Dhabi has. Here you can enjoy a bit of respite from city life and appreciate 147,000 date palm trees, over 100 different varieties of vegetation and relics of the past, like the ancient irrigation system known as falaj. The falaj is an essential piece of the region’s heritage and one of the many reasons why Al Ain is a UNESCO Cultural Site.

Al Ain Oasis is free to enter, and there are many ways to explore and learn about this natural marvel!

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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

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Basking under the Abu Dhabi sunshine, rushing down water slides, and getting that sun-kissed, happy glow is a sign of an incredible day. That is what it feels like after you’ve spent an entire day splashing up a storm at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, one of the city’s most incredible attractions. Located on Yas Island, just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi city and with an area spanning 15 football pitches, this enormous waterpark has an Emirati theme. It follows the story of a young local girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl.

For those wondering, the pearl does exist, and you can spot it at the top of Jebel Dhana, the park’s towering centrepiece. It is pretty massive, so there is no way you can miss it.

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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

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

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Basking under the Abu Dhabi sunshine, rushing down water slides, and getting that sun-kissed, happy glow is a sign of an incredible day. That is what it feels like after you’ve spent an entire day splashing up a storm at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, one of the city’s most incredible attractions. Located on Yas Island, just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi city and with an area spanning 15 football pitches, this enormous waterpark has an Emirati theme. It follows the story of a young local girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl.

For those wondering, the pearl does exist, and you can spot it at the top of Jebel Dhana, the park’s towering centrepiece. It is pretty massive, so there is no way you can miss it.

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Frequently asked questions about the Abu Dhabi experience

Firstly, use this website to get inspired and save your favourite destinations. From laid-back cultural icons to high-octane activities, Abu Dhabi has it all. The best way to get around Abu Dhabi is by taxi otherwise you can use the Experience Abu Dhabi shuttle bus to get to the main landmarks and attractions. There is also a public bus network in place across the emirate.

Abu Dhabi is well known for its rich heritage and extraordinary landmarks like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Watan and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. It's also known for its vast deserts where you can enjoy many activities!

Abu Dhabi has a uniquely diverse landscape and rich culture. From the rising towers of the city to the vast desert dunes you can find pockets of heritage everywhere you go.

Finding somewhere to stay in Abu Dhabi all depends on what you're looking for on your trip. Choose Yas Island, home to many theme parks for a family-friendly vacation. For tranquillity, choose Saadiyat Island or a desert retreat or for a cultured trip stay in the city nearby to iconic landmarks.