Abu Dhabi Tourism, UAE: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021

The richest emirate and the capital of UAE - Abu Dhabi is an earthier version of its ostentatious cousin Dubai. It is a perfect blend of tradition and modernism, boasts of modernity at its best while maintaining its natural appeal that attracts visitor worldwide. Speaking about tourist places in Abu-Dhabi, from extravagant hotels and posh resorts next to beaches and never-ending mighty desert, Abu-Dhabi has it all. For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, it offers opportunities to understand the UAE's history through museums, exhibitions, tours and food. Although the official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken and visitors will hardly have any communication difficulties.

There’s no shortage of reasons as to why you should visit the United Arab Emirates. Perhaps the best reason to visit Abu Dhabi is that it's gorgeous. It houses Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most beautiful and picturesque mosques in the world. Visitors can see the Formula 1 racing track and watch world-renowned races. Only a few minutes drive away, you will find Ferrari World, an indoor amusement park themed after the famous car brand. Abu Dhabi has been fast-growing and constantly adding new attractions to its already long list of World Records and unique attractions. The city is incredibly well planned with extra wide streets and smoothly flowing traffic, promising you hassle-free travel throughout the city 24/7. Transport is clean, cheap and efficient.

At the heart of life in Abu Dhabi, are some amazing traditions that are still alive. The locals of the city are deeply devoted to a traditional way of life and it’s something that visitors love to see and experience. The tourist places in Abu-Dhabi have a different offering for travellers, which is completely offbeat and worth experiencing. The local customs are rooted in their rich Bedouin heritage and Islamic religion. The great tradition of Arab hospitality is alive and thriving here, and other cultural elements can be seen in their daily life, such as in their traditional dresses. I’d suggest you should travel out to the suburban neighbourhoods and see the Emiratis sing traditional songs and perform dances. It’s not just a visual delight but it’s something you’ll cherish for life.

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The Abu Dhabi evening desert safari was a memorable experience. We booked the safari from Thrillophilia for our honeymoon and the whole booking process was really easy and convenient. We got instant confirmation of our booking and the discount they offered was really the icing on the cake as the experience we had for such a low price was really a great bargain.
We took a Dhow cruise in Abu Dhabi with Thrillophilia during our last visit. It was truly impressive and we enjoyed to the fullest. Thanks a lot, Thrillophilia for curating such wonderful tours in the city of Luxury at the best possible rates.
Thrillophilia’s Abu Dhabi dhow cruise offers took us through the wonderful experience of cruising at Dhow in the evening. Booking the trip with Thrillophilia was a great deal and we managed to get good discounts. The team of Thrillophilia ensured hassle-free transfers from the hotel to the cruise and back to the hotel. All the chauffeurs were very polite and friendly with us.
We booked an Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise in the course of your visit to Dubai. The cruise trip was just mesmerizing. With a wide range of cuisines and premium drinks, the evening at the cruise was surely an unforgettable experience. Thanks a lot, Thrillophilia for curating this perfect itinerary in Abu Dhabi for visitors.
In the last month, I had been to Dubai. On one fine evening, I booked a dhow cruise Abu Dhabi from Thrillophilia. Being the very first transaction, I was able to get loads of discounts and other benefits. The cab arrived at my place at the scheduled time for pickup. The car was very well maintained and the driver was very polite. He dropped me at the Abu Dhabi Dhow Cruise within the scheduled time. Then the experience at the Cruise was just mind-blowing. Loved it to the core and everything was so perfect and filled with luxury.
Few things leave a mark on your life and this desert safari has left its mark on me. The sunset among the sand dunes and the delicious food take you back in time to much simpler days. If you are looking for a life altering experience, do go for the Abu Dhabi desert safari.
I found the Evening desert safari in Abu Dhabi package on Thrillophilia while looking for a desert safari and i have never made a better decision on my holidays. The customer support was really helpful and helped me plan my trip all the way from Delhi to Abu Dhabi with all my itinerary planned. Thank you thrillophilia for this wonderful experience.
The Arabian nights Abu Dhabi desert safari is a gateway into the traditional lifestyle, cuisine and way of the desert. Experience what desert life was all about before the existence of skyscrapers and cities in Arabia.
I am writing this review just as i have reached my hotel room from the Arabian nights Abu Dhabi desert safari. The desert sports can get the adrenalin pumping within no time. I enjoyed the dune bumping and sand boarding a lot and then had a chance to hangout with some majestic falcons which were almost as big as me with their wingspan. The food was fantastic and the whole evening felt surreal.
I recently went on the Abu Dhabi evening desert safari with my partner and 2 kids. The desert safari was one of the best experiences i have had in my life. I have travelled to a lot of places but nothing comes close to this. I would have never found about the safari if not for Thrillophilia. From finding about the safari on the website to the super easy booking process, i can’t thank them enough for i was able to get bookings on such short notice for the very next day.

People Also Ask About Abu Dhabi

  1. How to reach Abu Dhabi?

    By air:- The Abu Dhabi International Airport is well connected by round the clock flights from across the globe. The airport is situated at a close proximity of 30.6 kms from the main city, which makes air travel the most ideal and comforting.

    By road:- Abu Dhabi is well connected by a network of highways. It is situated at a distance of 130 kms from Dubai which can be covered in 90 mins via a five laned highway. Public buses are also available for a cheaper to and fro travel .

    By rail:- A vast network of Etihad Rail is available for a faster commute among Gulf countries and a hyperloop train is planned in the near future which will reduce the travel time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to a mere 12 minutes.

  2. When is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi?

    - Spring in Abu Dhabi lasts from April to May and it is quite a pleasant time, with temperatures ranging from 80 degrees to 90 degrees. Several cultural events are held during this season, and hotel rates fall down after the peak tourist months, so you will be able to find a cheap deal.

    - Summer in the UAE lasts from June to October. Until August, it is impossible to step out, as temperatures soar above 100 degrees. September and October do see a fall in temperature, and if you are willing to bear some heat, this is a good time to get a cheap hotel room in the city.

    - November to March is when the temperature is a comfortable 70 to 80 degrees and the conditions are just perfect to explore the global city. Whether it is lounging on the beach or simply visiting the top attractions in the capital, you can enjoy your vacation without any discomfort. Due to this reason, winters attract a large number of tourists to Abu Dhabi.

    - Therefore, in terms of weather, November to March is the best time to visit the city. But the hotel rooms are quite expensive at this time since it is the peak tourist season. If you want to save some money, you can visit during autumn – that is, from September to October, but you may have to bear with the heat and humidity.

    - You can also arrive immediately after the peak of the tourist season, that is, during springtime. The temperatures are not as pleasant as during winter, but the weather is not too bad either. Plus, you are guaranteed to get a cheaper room.

  3. What are the best things to do in Abu Dhabi?

    1. Al Ain City Trip: Al-Ain, also known as the “Garden city” or “green city” of UAE, is surrounded by natural springs and palm groves with a rich history and culture. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the summit of the Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain peak in the UAE.

    Some other places to explore here are the Al Ain Zoo, Al-Jahili Fort, Wadi Adventure Park, Al Ain National Museum, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Hili Archeological Park, and Al Ain’s Camel Market. You can also go cycling or on a walk among the date palms of the Al Ain Oasis and get a respite from the heat amid along with a refreshing natural diversion from the bustling city life during your Abu Dhabi Tourism visit.

    Location: Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Timing: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    2. Lunch With Leopard: The Emirates Park Zoo offers an exceptional experience of enjoying your lunch with the leopards at the same table from 1 pm to 2:45 pm. You can play and interact with a leopard under the expert supervision of a guide who will also tell you many interesting facts about this amazing beast.

    You also get an opportunity to interact with lions and take pictures with the lions and the leopards, keeping a memory of your thrilling experience. Besides interacting with these wild beasts, you can also take a free zoo ticket and see some other wild animals like Mongoose, Meerkat, and Serval in their natural habitats.

    Timing: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    3. Abu Dhabi Dhow Dinner Cruise: One exciting thing to do in Abu Dhabi is a dinner cruise on a wooden dhow (a ship mostly used in the Arabian region). There are many types of dhow cruises that you can book like Sunset cruise, Buffet Dinner cruise, etc.

    You can enjoy a romantic dinner and cruise with your partner while admiring the amazing view of the city from the water. The sunset cruise allows you to get a dazzling view of the sun setting in the distance with sparkling lights and a beautiful background for you to take pictures. The dinner cruise offers tasty local dishes, music, and entertainment. 

    Location: Marina mall - Al Marina - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
    Timing: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    4. Breakfast With Parrots: 
    Breakfast with parrots is a new opportunity for bird lovers to learn about these tropical birds in their surroundings and enjoy breakfast with them. You can also feed the parrots their favourite food and take splendid pictures to save your memories.

    The breakfast timings with birds last for two hours, starting from 9 am to 11 am, and you will get breakfast as per your choice. You will be required to buy a ticket that also includes a tour of the park, a chance to feed ducks, and a Birds of Prey Encounter. Your experience here during Abu Dhabi Tourism also gives you a chance to contribute to wildlife conservation work. 

    Location: 2th Street, Al Bahia, Abu Dhabi
    Timing: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    5. I Battle: 
    The Battle Park of Abu Dhabi provides many challenging shooting games including I Battle which is a recreational activity with high-tech systems for combat gaming. This immersive game has a complete communication system, signal technology, and aircraft-grade aluminium systems and is set up in different scenarios.

    Previously used as a military training system, I Battle offers you a real-time combat experience. The shots are indicated by infra-red signals and you also get real-time feedback of the game with continuous results and statistics. You can get a real-time experience of your favourite games like Call of Duty and Counter-Strike. You will have to buy tickets as per your session options, gear up, take your gun, and enjoy your fight with your friends and family. 

    Location: 13810 Braddock Rd unit b, Centreville, VA 20121, United States
    Timing: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  4. Which are the best resorts to stay in Abu Dhabi?

    1. Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort: The Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort is a mix between Arabian traditions and modern sophistication with many intricate artworks on every corner of the resort. The rooms are decorated beautifully offering stunning views of the Arabian desert and Abu Dhabi Tourism. 

    2. Saadiyat Rotana Resort: Located on Saadiyat Island and surrounded by a white sandy beach, Saadiyat Rotana Resort is a resort cum villa with 13 beach villas and 327 rooms. The rooms are elegantly designed and the Rotana club of the resort offers many personalized services like additional materials for your room. 

    3. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort:  A combination of the old world charm and modern skyscraper structure, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort is located in the city’s heart. The interiors of the resort have a mystical era feel with numerous traditionally affluent furnishings. You can enjoy Mexican, Italian, and many local dishes with Spanish Tapas at its pub.

    4. Qasr Al Sarab Resort:  Located in the Empty Quarters (one of the largest sand deserts of the World), Qasr Al Sarab Resort provides you with an amazing experience of living around shiny dune mirages. The 14 suites, 52 pool villas, and 140 rooms of the resort make it one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest resorts. 

    5. Radisson Blu Resort: Radisson Blu is an Award-winning resort that follows a sophisticated approach to provide its customers comfort and satisfaction. Its central location in Abu Dhabi offers you an opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the Arabian Gulf. The rooms are elegantly designed and you can also enjoy many innovative dishes, energetic music, and live coverage of many shows. 

  5. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Abu Dhabi?

    A range of transport facilities like public buses, cabs and Abu Dhabi metro is available for smooth and hassle free travel around the city. For tourists public buses at affordable fares are the best alternative. Special shuttle services are also available from Yas Island Resort.

  6. Which are the best places for shopping in Abu Dhabi?

    Some of the best places to shop

    - Abu Dhabi Mall:
     With over 200 stores, cinemas and amusements, the Abu Dhabi Mall redefine what it means to be a world-class shopping establishment. It is located in central Abu Dhabi, next to beach Rotana Hotel.

    - Yas Marina Mall:
     The biggest shopping destination in Abu-Dhabi with international retailers, eateries and 20-screen cinema and region’s largest family entertainment zone, is a marvellous indoor day out for the whole family. It is located at the heart of Yas Island and is the perfect point of connection for all the attractions of this island.

    - Avenue at Etihad Towers:
    Nestled at art inspired deluxe surroundings, this mall is perfect for shoppers looking for a boutique range.

    - The Galleria:
     The mall with the most elegant architecture and wow factor. Famous for upscale shopping with numerous family and fine dining and restaurants is set on the stunning water waterfront promenade, on Al Maryah Island. Apart from these, The Heritage Village has various shops, selling souvenirs and other gift items.

    Also Read: 15 Best Malls in Abu Dhabi

  7. Where can I enjoy boat cruising in Abu dhabi?

    A range of cruises including ‘Sunset Cruises’, ‘Island Beach Getaways’, ‘Eco Tours’, and tailored ‘Private Charter Cruises’ are operated around Yas Marina on Yas Island, Souk Qaryat Al Beri marina, Eastern Mangroves Marina, Emirates Palace Marina and rest of the Dhabi’s scenic beautiful islands.

    These consist of luxury yachts, speedboats etc. that let you take a break from the busy city life, exploring pristine beaches, enjoying swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear turquoise waters.

    Also Read: Best Boating Tours in Abu Dhabi

  8. Which are the famous amusement parks in Abu dhabi?

    Abu Dhabi is famous for a number of water parks and amusement parks known for providing the ultimate adrenaline rush. Some of the amusement parks are :

    1. Warner Bros. World: You can enjoy living in the world of Batman and cartoons in the amazing Warner Bros during your Abu Dhabi Tourism vacation. World amusement park which is loved by both adults and children. Children can see Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, and Daffy Duck while the adults can enjoy rides like The Joker’s Funhouse and Riddler Revolution in Gotham City.

    2. Ferrari World: 
    The Ferrari World is the only amusement park in the world owned by the Ferrari brand and it offers many high-speed rides like Formula Rossa and G Force, Tyre Twist, and Flying Aces. Children can enjoy the fun-sized Ferraris and related activities like changing its tyres, etc during their Abu Dhabi Tourism tour.

    3. Yas Waterworld: 
    Yas Waterworld is the best water park in Abu Dhabi that has more than 40 exciting rides based on their thrill levels. You can enjoy the Middle East’s longest water coaster ride named Falcon’s Falaj ride or some other fun activities like Canon Point, Water Wars, and Marah Fortress.

    4. Murjan Splash Park: 
    The Murjan Splash Park is one of the favourite water parks for children and adults with young hearts. The park has a shallow swimming pool with waterslides, water showers, wheels, and a large tipping bucket. Some of the exciting rides of the park include Bumper Boat, Balloon Water Wars, Lazy River  Ride, and Surf Wrangler.

    5. Kidoos Entertainment: 
    Kidoos Entertainment water park focuses on the child’s development in the physical, social, and emotional fronts with the help of many entertaining and interactive activities. The park has a playground, kids clinic, pretend villages, toddler zone, fire station, supermarket, and kitchen, all built for children to play and learn. 
  9. Which are the best walking tours to take in Abu Dhabi?

    It might seem that the city wasn't built for strolls and walks but one can venture into capital’s pavements discovering scenic strolls, intriguing backstreets and lush green parks . Some of the must take tours are:

    Inner City walk :
    Salam Street

    Distance: 4 km there and back

    Start point: Any one of the car parks on Salam Street, between 19th and 25th streets.

    Highlight: It has to be the dolphin fountains at the park, located at the 19th Street junction.

    Tourist Club Area backstreets
    Distance: There are endless possibilities on this walk, so you can make it as long or as short as you like. You probably won’t need to walk more than 2km, though.

    When to go: Around dusk when the weather is cooler you’ll find these streets buzzing with activity,

    Highlight: Reward yourself with a strong Turkish coffee on the outdoor patio at Automatic

    Restaurant, a perfect spot for people-watching and soaking up the buzzing atmosphere.


    Distance: Around 5km from Sheraton Abu Dhabi to The Hilton Hotel.

    When to go: Late afternoon, so you can watch the sun.

    Highlight: Undoubtedly the beach, where you can admire the breathtaking views, stroll along the golden sands or see city folk getting away from it all with a spot of capoeira or beach yoga, or even some jet skiing.

  10. What is special about the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village? Is it worth a visit?

    The heritage village is a step back to the days Abu Dhabi was a fishing port and trade post. There are a few stalls selling souvenirs and other artifacts. A restaurant and mosque are also present in the heritage village. An attached beach provides the perfect view of Abu Dhabi skyline.

    The heritage village might disappoint some due to higher expectations from the place but it's a risk worth taking .

  11. What’s so special about Ferrari World? How do I reach there?

    Heaven on earth for the ultimate adrenaline junkies. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is the world's first Ferrari-branded theme park, offering a unique entertainment experience inspired from the legendary Ferrari story, its founder - Enzo Ferrari and its home country- Italy. The theme park offers an unmatched mix of attractions suitable for all ages; from thrilling rides and experiences such as the world’s fastest roller coaster, racing simulators and the Ferrari Driving Experience, to family rides such as the 4D adventure Speed of Magic.

    Getting here:

    • To and fro bus service is available throughout the day from Sharjah , Dubai & Abu Dhabi.
    • Shuttle bus service is available from Yas Island Resort
    • A pickup and drop taxi facility is available at the main entrance of Ferrari World.
  12. What are the best places to eat in Abu Dhabi?

    1. Villa Toscana: Find authentic and mouth-watering Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients at one of the most famous restaurants in the city. The elegant and stylish décor only adds to the intimate vibe of this place.

    2. Punjab Grill: Located in the Ritz Carlton, Punjab Grill is a stylish and chic Indian restaurant in Abu Dhabi where you will find vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian dishes made with authentic spices from the subcontinent.

    3. Byblos Sur Mer: If you want to enjoy the sumptuous Lebanese cuisine in Abu Dhabi, this is the place for you. The Friday brunch is simply delightful, and the restaurants also make signature cocktails that you must try.

    4. The Terrace on the Corniche: The intricately designed chic restaurant is famous for is an exotic spread of dishes and exceptional desserts that are simply heart-warming.

    5. Zuma: Soothing music, sumptuous Japanese food, and a spectacular service await you at this gorgeous upscale sushi bar.

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