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What to see in Abu Dhabi

Wondering what to see in Abu Dhabi? Your options are endless. In the city and out in the desert, you'll find majestic buildings and awe-inspiring landscapes filled with experiences that you won't encounter anywhere else in the world.

Celebrate culture on Saadiyat Island, home to the architectural masterpiece, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Further inland, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands as a global beacon for peace, a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest structure in the emirate and a unique place to learn about Abu Dhabi's rich history.

Take a trip to the desert to get an even better vantage point of ancient traditions and protected environments. Al Ain is an oasis city packed with museums, relics and sunshine-dappled pathways that meander through the lush greenery of the oasis. Jebel Hafit is Abu Dhabi's tallest peak, with 5000-year-old tombs to explore at the foot.

Start your exploration of the diverse and vibrant emirate of Abu Dhabi.

History & Culture
Step back in time
Abu Dhabi's heritage sites and cultural landmarks showcase time-honoured traditions. Artefacts uncover the tracks of the Bedouins (nomadic Arab people) who traversed the area for centuries, taming the landscape and making the modern Abu Dhabi.

Unmissable wonders

Be amazed by Abu Dhabi's visionary wonders. Soak up ancient sights in Al Ain and at Qasr Al Hosn and immerse yourself in culture at Louvre Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Be sure to visit the modern-day icons of Abu Dhabi too like the luxurious Zaya Nurai Island and Etihad Towers.

See the sights
National attractions
Legendary landmarks
Abu Dhabi's culture is rooted in Islamic traditions and its foremost message of peace. A mix of international influences paired with local heritage has resulted in a welcoming capital city that boasts a charming mix of new and old.

Frequently asked questions about what to see in Abu Dhabi.

Without a doubt! Abu Dhabi is a must-see destination with a long list of attractions and activities. Here are some of the best things to see or do:

Abu Dhabi is famous for its stunning islands and record-breaking theme parks such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. Other popular locations include the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the more recent addition, Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Being the capital city of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is essentially an archipelago made up of over 200 islands, so you can only imagine how much there is to see and do! As a tourist, you can take advantage of the abundance of nature (desert, greenery and oceans) plus, the cosmopolitan side of the city which is always vibrant, bustling and full of entertainment.