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Sightseeing & Landmarks in Abu Dhabi

As one of the top tourist destinations in the middle east Abu Dhabi is home to many places that are of huge interest to the travellers from all around the world. The fantastic Yas Island holds one of the biggest adventure parks in the world, i.e. the Ferrari World, along with the Yas Waterworld and much more.

You can also admire the gigantic man-made wonders such as the leaning Capital Gate, and the Aldar Headquarters, which makes use of engineering techniques to create unbelievable structures. Also, if you are in the mood for some aerial views of the city visit the Observation Deck at 300, which provides the birds-eye-view visions of Abu Dhabi and surrounding islands.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Also known as, the Grand Mosque, Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque in United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest in the world. It is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who was the founder and the first President of the United Arab Emirates. His final resting place is located on the grounds of the mosque. Among the distinctive highlights of the mosque is the world's largest carpet, German chandeliers encrusted with Swarovski crystals and architectural styles influenced by Badshahi Mosque in Lahore and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel.: +971 24191919

The Emirates Palace
The Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace

This wonderful, seven star luxury hotel is one of the Abu Dhabi's most popular landmarks and the venue for many of the city's cultural activities. The hotel is equipped with a huge conference centre, opulent rooms furnished in gold and marble, 100 hectares of landscaped gardens, an exclusive beach and well-equipped sports facilities. It also welcomes any non-residents to come and enjoy the hotels surroundings on an afternoon tea. While at the Emirates Palace Hotel, visit the Saadiyat Island Cultural District Exhibition to get a glance into the future of Abu Dhabi.

Address: Emirates Palace Hotel, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel.: +971 2 690 9000

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

Located near Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Abu Dhabi Falcon hospital specializes in falcon care and services. It is one of the largest and advanced falcon hospitals in the world to treat the noble birds in a lap of luxury. The hospital also houses a museum where visitors can learn more about falcons, the history of the noble sport as well as try their hand at the ancient art of falconry.

Address: near the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Sweihan road, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel.: +971 2 575 5155

Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Zaha Hadid Architects

Sheikh Zayed Bridge

A spectacular vision, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge is an important landmark in the city of Abu Dhabi. The bridge has been named after the country's chief builder and past president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The bridge is almost 842 meters long, and is believed to be the most complicated bridge ever constructed with its curved arches representing the desert sand dunes.

Address: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Qasr Al Hosn
Qasr Al Hosn

Qasr Al Hosn

Also known as, the white or old fort, this palace is the oldest historic building of Abu Dhabi. Built in 1761 by the ruling Al-Nahyan family, it is located on Sheik Zayed First Street, in the centre of Abu Dhabi. This fort remained the royal palace and the seat of government until 1966.

The fort itself is not open to the public but great pictures can be taken from the grounds surrounding it. The area also accommodates the popular Cultural Foundation centre, which hosts a number of art, music and film events each year.

Address: Al Hosn, Sheikh Zayed the First Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel.: +971 2 449 4457

Aldar Headquarters
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Aldar Headquarters

A first of its kind, the Aldar Headquarters is an interesting example of modern architecture, where the building is constructed in a circular shape. The building is situated in Al Raha area and was selected as the ‘Best Futuristic Design’ at a conference held in Spain. Aldar Headquarters was designed by the MZ Architects, and is inspired by the circle which symbolizes unity, rationality and stability.

Address: Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Yas Island
Yas Island

Yas Island

The spectacular Yas Island is a man-made wonder. A full-on luxury destination, the Yas Island is the home to the Yas Marina circuit, an adventure park Ferrari world, a huge water park i.e. the Yas Waterworld, a five-star hotel the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi along with the Yas beach. Spread across 25 km2, the Yas Island is an ideal place for both business and family visitors.

Capital Gate
Capital Gate

Capital Gate

Capital gate also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi is a uniquely designed skyscraper in Abu Dhabi, that is constructed with a slight tilt in one direction. The 35 stories building leans 18° in the westward direction, and is one of the tallest buildings in Abu Dhabi. It is the business capital of UAE and holds the five Star ‘Hyatt Capital Gate’ hotel in its site. Constructed with the help of modern engineering technique, called the pre-cambering, this structure has earned the title of ‘World’s furthest leaning man-made tower’.

Heritage Village
Emirates Heritage

Heritage Village

Located at the Breakwater in the middle of Abu Dhabi, Heritage Village is a living museum that offers a glimpse into the emirate's past. Traditional facets of Bedouin lifestyle, as well as those of other cultures employed in agriculture, fishing and trading, are explained here in great detail.

The site features tents, courtyard houses, an ancient irrigation system and workshops where craftsmen demonstrate their skills. Tourists are welcome to learn and try out these skills. In addition, there are souvenir shops where authentic pottery and exotic spices can be bought.

Address: Corniche , Brake water, near Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel.: +971 2 445 6456

Observation Deck at 300
Observation Deck at 300

Observation Deck at 300

Behold the stunning views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline and neighbouring islands from the Observation Deck at 300, on the 74th floor of Tower 2 at the Etihad Towers complex. Gaze at the breathtaking Abu Dhabi structures and monuments while enjoying snacks and refreshments from the hotel. This amazing place has taken the top place in every traveller’s checklist.

Address: Tower 2, Level 74, Jumeirah Hotel, Etihad Towers, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel.: +971 2 811 5666

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