15 Things To Do In Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates. Being ‘Number 2’ doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here. Make the most of your visit and check out 15 Fun Things to do in Abu Dhabi. Book cheap flights to Abu Dhabi. Search and compare flights from several airlines with Travelstart Nigeria.
The Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
As the name would suggest, this site portrays the image a typical Arabic village. Surrounded by stunningly beautiful gardens, it contains a mock souk, an inordinately beautiful mosque and an authentic recreation of a Bedouin encampment and a Barasti house. There are also workshops to view pottery or glass blowing take place, using thousand year old techniques.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Animal lovers will enjoy visiting the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. The falcon is considered the symbol of the UAE. Here, one can have an up close encounter and hold a bird of prey. The extensive tour provides fun for all with a falcon show and lunch in a traditional Arabian tent known as a Khaima.
Al Jalili Fort
The historic Al Jalili Fort dates back to the 19th century, when it was used as military fortresses. This is a great look out spot in Al Ain and contains free admission. There is also an exhibit on Wilfred Thesiger, the British explorer who wrote about the lives of the inhabitants many centuries ago.
Traditional Arabic boats are still being constructed to this day. Find out how at the Bateen Shipyard and see how generation upon generation have been using these boats without using any modern shipbuilding technologies.
A futuristic stadium plays venue to one of the oldest sports in Arabic history: camel racing. The stadium is located just outside Al Wathba and sometimes, 4X4 cars drive right next to the camels during the race.
Check out the art scene
The Zayed National Museum has already become a local hotspot for art lovers. It displays works by both local artists and from the greatest museums from London's British Museum to the Louvre in Paris right in Abu Dhabi. This work in progress is open with its final expansion scheduled for 2016.
While there are many niche theme parks, none of them are as dedicated or as interesting as Ferrari World. There are more than 20 unique rides and attractions for the entire family to enjoy. Tour the facilities of Formula 1 circuit and ride Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster. There is also an extensive shopping centre and several Italian restaurants on-site.
Abu Dhabi's location along the coast of the Persian Gulf offers unique opportunities to fishing enthusiasts. There are many fishing excursions available and you can try your luck in catching kingfish, blue and white marlin, wahoo, tuna and dorado amongst others.
Take an exciting trip up the highest mountain peak in Abu Dhabi. Located on the border of Oman, Jebel Hafeet contains a large amount of fossils that shows the archaeological history of the area. The mountain mostly is made up of limestone and the views from the peak are unforgettable.
The four-acre park contains unique photo opportunities such as the replica of the Eiffel Tower, 10 million flowers of all different types and 300 hanging baskets which have earned the gardens a Guinness World Record.
Sail on a Dhow
Dhow cruising is the perfect way to sightsee the Gulf waters and the various islands that dot the city. These boats made out of wood were once used as merchant vessels but today, they carry passengers. The dhows have all the latest amities on a ship and are very comfortable, making it popular amongst tourists.
Swim with the fishes and explore the mystery of the deep waters, through scuba diving in Abu Dhabi. Catch life under the sea in their natural habitat in crystal-clear and calm waters.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi grand mosque is the eighth largest in the world and takes up the size of five football fields holding more than 40,000 people. The mosque also contains chandeliers made of Swarovski crystals and is influenced architecturally by the Hassan II Mosque and the Badshahi Mosque.
Skydive at Spacewalk
Are you afraid of heights but wonder what it is like to skydive? An indoor skydiving facility known as Spacewalk Abu Dhabi is the place for you. Fly away in vertical wind tunnel which produces enough wind to lift you off the ground.
This fun attraction for visitors of all ages contains 45 different types of slides, with five not found anywhere else. The standout is the tornado waterslide which holds 6 people at a time and promises to raise the adrenaline level.