Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and is one of Abu Dhabi’s most revered architectural treasures. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, is seen as a construction to ‘unite the world’, using artisans and materials from countries as diverse as Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Iran, China, Greece and the UAE. Equivalent to the size of five football fields, the mosque can accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. The Mosque is open to visitors and guided tours are available free of charge.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first and largest indoor theme park. It is an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for families, fans and enthusiasts. The Park offers more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions including the fastest rollercoaster in the planet.
Souk At Central Market
Designed by Foster + Partners, the Central Market is a reinterpretation of the traditional market place. The project comprises a combination of lower-rise, ecologically sensitive levels of retail combining luxury goods boutiques with food markets and craft-based trades.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Manarat Al Saadiyat, which means ‘place of enlightenment’, is an allencompassing historical, cultural and artistic enclave that brings to life the vision behind Saadiyat and its future plans. The island will become the only place in the world to house architecture designed by five individual Pritzker prize winners, including the Louvre, Guggenheim, National and Maritime museums as well as the Performing Arts Centre.
Falconry is an integral part of desert life which has been practiced in the UAE for centuries. The Falcon Hospital provides a deep insight into the world of falcons, the history of falconry as well as the life of this majestic bird in modern times.
Abu Dhabi Islands
There are numerous islands in Abu Dhabi offering different activities for the visitors. The majority of the islands are flat, sandy and uninhabited, but each has its own character.
Saadiyat Island is set to become the most important art centres in the world. Some of the major developments which are scheduled to be completed after 2015 are: a Louvre Museum by Jean Nouvel, a Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry, the Zayed National Museum by Foster + Partners, a Performing Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid, a Maritime Museum by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, as well as art faculties of key universities such as the New York University.
Saadiyat is also famous for its pristine beaches where Hawksbill turtles nest and Bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen.
Yas Island is one of the UAE’s prime leisure and entertainment destinations. 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi, 45 minutes from Dubai, and 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport, Yas Island houses the Yas Marina Circuit, which hosts the Formula One World Championship, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, and Yas Waterworld. The Yas Links Golf Club boasts an 18-hole golf course with ocean views and the soon-to-open Yas Mall will offer more than 600 retailers.
Al Reem & Al Mariah Islands
Al Reem and Al Mariah Islands are a residential, commercial and business project being developed off the north-eastern coast of Abu Dhabi city.
Bu Tinah Island
Located approximately 130km west of Abu Dhabi, Bu Tinah is part of the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO recognized site and the region’s first and largest Marine Biosphere Reserve. Visitors are not permitted to enter the island in order to preserve its rich marine and terrestrial ecosystem.