A heady combination of tradition and modernity, Abu Dhabi is a world-class holiday destination. The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi offers a diverse selection of cultural attractions, leisure activities and entertainment. Among the city's numerous, Saadiyat Island, the incredible Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum are must-visits.
The city also offers numerous adventures for sports enthusiasts, such as a variety of water sports in its warm, calm waters and the largest indoor theme park in the world, Ferrari World. For most visitors, a holiday here will include a trip into the desert to enjoy an adventure in the sand, whether it’s dune bashing, camel riding or savouring a traditional Arab meal under the stars.
Why visit Abu Dhabi
It’s the most politically important city in the UAE as it’s the capital and home to the president.
Discover the country’s most exquisite mosque, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Learn all about local traditional culture.
Attend a music concert – Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Beyonce and Coldplay have all played here.
Enjoy island hopping to neighbouring islands in the archipelago.
Watch a Formula One Grand Prix event.
Spend a night in the desert.
Golf is a favourite pastime in Abu Dhabi, and there are three championship all-grass golf courses in the city to enjoy, as well as the Warner Bros. theme park comprising six different lands to enjoy, the legendary Yas Water World island water park, the palace of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to explore and the UNESCO-listed Al Ain Oasis in the midst of the desert. Experience it all on a holiday package to Abu Dhabi with Thompsons Holidays.
Things to do in Abu Dhabi
The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi offers a more traditional experience than a holiday in Dubai as well as numerous cultural and sporting adventures. Sure, you can enjoy trips into the desert to ride a camel, or even sleep under the stars, but you can also visit The Louvre Abu Dhabi that takes visitors on a journey through time to explore the development of different civilisations. There are plenty of water activities at Yas Water World, thrilling motoring-inspired rides at Ferrari World, the legendary Yas Marina Circuit where the Formula One Grand Prix Abu Dhabi is held every year – and much, much more.
Things to do in Abu Dhabi
Race around the Yas Marina Circuit in a 2-seater open cockpit Le Mans racing car.
Ride the one of the highest rollercoasters on earth, the Flying Aces, at Ferrari World.
Explore the iconic and decorative Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Discover the incredible Al Ain Palace Museum to learn about the country’s ruling family.
Enjoy sandboarding and dune bashing on a desert safari.
Walk under a dome made of 8,000 metal stars at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Meet Batman and other superheroes at Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi.
Ride on a hydromagnetic-powered 6-person tornado waterslide at Yas Waterworld.
Of course, there’s also excellent shopping in Abu Dhabi, great dining experiences in a variety of restaurants, a boat tour from the water to see the capital city from a different perspective, a falcon hospital to view the UAE’s masterful bird and spectacular Yas Island, home to numerous hotels and a beautiful beach. Thompsons Holidays can organise your Abu Dhabi holiday package, so give us a call for a dream travel experience.
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