Aerial view of Abu Dhabi from a helicopter
MODERNITY AND HERITAGE IN ONE

Cruise to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Once a small fishing village, the capital of the United Arab Emirates today is one of the world's most modern, cosmopolitan city. Cruise to Abu Dhabi and visit the Heritage Village to step back in time to a pre-oil desert lifestyle. Admire the fascinating museum exhibits, explore the Bedouin encampment and browse the small shops in the rebuilt traditional souq village. Next, relax on the sandy Saadiyat or Yas public beach and take a dip in the warm, turquoise sea water. End your visit with a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, an architectural marvel with gold-plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand-woven carpet.
National Language Arabic
Currency Accepted United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)

Things To Do in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Majestic Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Majestic Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is constructed with 100,000 tons of white Greek and Macedonian marble and can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. It's one of the few mosques in the region open to non-Muslims. Admire the 1,000 pillars, the floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones and the 80 marble domes.

The modern museum called the Abu Dhabi Louvre in Saadiyat Island

Story of Humanity

The modern museum called the Abu Dhabi Louvre in Saadiyat Island

The modern museum called the Abu Dhabi Louvre in Saadiyat Island

Story of Humanity

Head to Saadiyat Island, where the Abu Dhabi Louvre opened in November 2017 in an extraordinary building designed by notable architect Jean Nouvel. The museum's art works encompass the history of civilization. There are also special exhibition spaces, a Children's Museum, restaurants and retail shops.

View from above of the mangroves in Abu Dhabi
View from above of the mangroves in Abu Dhabi

Water Labyrinths

Go kayaking or join a boat trip to the Eastern Mangroves off the northeast coast of Abu Dhabi. Cruise to Abu Dhabi and paddle or sail along the narrow labyrinths of the subtropical mangroves. Keep your eye out for crabs, turtles, fish, shrimps and birds.

Local cuisine in Abu Dhabi is chicken tagine with preserved lemon and green olives
Local cuisine in Abu Dhabi is chicken tagine with preserved lemon and green olives

Local Cuisine

As a home for a wide array of expatriate communities, Abu Dhabi's cuisine is delightfully varied. Seek out Moroccan tagine, meat cooked with fragrant spices in an earthenware pot, or Lebanese zataar-crusted rack of lamb. Or head to Hakkasan for high-end takes on Chinese classics, like Peking duck with caviar or grilled Wagyu beef with soy.

Handmade pillows sold at the local markets in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Handmade pillows sold at the local markets in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Shopping

There are many ultra-modern shopping malls with the most luxurious tax-free items. Head to The Galleria at Maryah Island or Avenue at Etihad Towers for an exquisite shopping experience during your Abu Dhabi cruise. If you're looking for traditional handicrafts, perfumes and sweets, visit Souk Qaryat Al Beri, the Women's Handicraft Centre or Abu Dhabi Heritage Village.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Most restaurant bills will include an additional 10 percent service charge and another 10 percent municipality tax.
2 Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap in Abu Dhabi.
3 Don't underestimate the long and hot summers — plan a mix of outdoor and indoor activities.

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