Things to do in Abu Dhabi

From desert dunes to opulent mosques and deluxe urban scenery, this city offers up delightful Arabian treats.

Our most recommended things to do in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

1. Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

Join a small-group or private guided day trip from Abu Dhabi to the desert with hotel transfers included. Enjoy a dune bashing experience, watch the sunset from a Bedouin camp, take part in cultural activities, watch traditional performances, and savor a BBQ buffet dinner while watching the stars. After pickup in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, enjoy a comfortable ride to the desert. Once there, visit a camel farm to get up close to these animals who are well-adjusted to desert life. Next, take part in an exhilarating dune bashing experience. Feel your stomach jump as the vehicle heads up and down the steep sand dunes. Then, try your hand at sandboarding by sliding down the dunes on a board. Arrive at the Bedouin desert camp to enjoy a warm welcome of traditional Arabic coffee and dates. Then, walk up a dune to take pictures as the desert changes color as the sun sets on the horizon. At the camp, dive into the local customs and culture of the Arabian peninsula. Enjoy cultural activities such as henna painting, shisha smoking, and camel rides. Then, try on traditional Arabian costumes and take pictures with a falcon. Watch captivating performances of Tanoura dancing and belly dancing, before tucking into a barbecue dinner. Finally, the lights of the camp will be switched off. Sit back and admire the star-lit sky for a peaceful moment of contemplation before returning to the bright city lights of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World General Admission Ticket

2. Abu Dhabi: Ferrari World General Admission Ticket

Get the thrill of your life at the world’s first Ferrari inspired theme park. Under the iconic red roof is fun for all ages. Guests will experience an exciting journey through 37 heart-stopping rides and attractions, that include the world’s fastest roller coaster, and the world’s highest roller coaster loop. From state-of-the-art simulators, to driving experiences and record-breaking roller coasters, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a perfect day out for the whole family. Take a seat as a Ferrari test driver, and explore the interactive child-friendly attractions. Between the adrenaline pumping rides and family-friendly shows, you get to go behind the scenes of the exclusive world of Ferrari, to feel the passion that went into making these modern-day masterpieces. No trip will be complete without experiencing authentic Italian flavors at one of the signature restaurants. Then shop for exclusive souvenirs from the world's largest Ferrari Store. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has been voted the leading theme park in the Middle East by the World Travel Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Entry Tickets

3. Louvre Abu Dhabi: Entry Tickets

Experience a major collection of master artworks from around the world. Explore significant classic and modern works which bridge the gap between Western and Eastern art. Set foot in one of the largest museums in the Gulf Region. Take in its landmark architecture and iconic dome. Marvel at its design which is built to resemble palm leaves as you walk through the sun-filled promenades. Browse the museum's immense collection. See a wide array of works from all over the world, and discover the connections between East and West. Enjoy access to the permanent collection and special exhibitions as well as the children's museum. Encounter ancient artifacts or classical works by artists like Manet. After browsing the galleries, pause to reflect in one of the museum's public spaces.

Abu Dhabi: Warner Bros. World General Admission Ticket

4. Abu Dhabi: Warner Bros. World General Admission Ticket

As you set foot through the iconic Warner Bros. shield, prepare to be transported into the lands of your favorite characters for a one of a kind immersive experience. Hungry for action and adventure, or a dash of whimsical fun? The excitement begins at the Warner Bros. Plaza, your portal to the unique themed lands including Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Cartoon Junction, Gotham City and Metropolis. Experience 29 state-of-the-art rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment for memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss the chance to walk alongside some of the world's most iconic characters, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Watch your childhood memories come to life as you meet Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry and your favorite modern Stone Age family, The Flintstones. What's more, you can dine at a variety of authentically themed restaurants and shop for exclusive merchandise to your heart's content at the amusement park's retail stores.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

5. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore the rich past, vibrant present, and thrilling future of Abu Dhabi on a tour of the largest emirate in the UAE. See key sights like the Corniche and Marina Mall, as well as the Grand Mosque and Al Watan Palace. After pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Persian Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi while listening to stories about one of the world’s richest cities. Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most popular landmarks of Abu Dhabi. Admire the mosque’s white marble structure that consists of 82 domes, chandeliers, and flower-patterned designs. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Admire the harbor's clean water as you continue to the opulent Emirates Palace, the official hotel of Abu Dhabi’s ruling government. Then, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. The next stop will be at the Marina Mall, where you can take a lunch break (at your own expense) and dine at the mall's restaurants or enjoy the food court options. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan palace housed in the presidential palace compound of the UAE. Notice the architectural features, artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Then enjoy the drive back to Dubai, where you will be dropped off.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

6. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Guided Tour

Depart Dubai and journey to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi by modern air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort on the 90-minute drive with your professional guide. On arrival, marvel at the 8th largest mosque in the world. Spread over 30 acres, the magnificent structure took more than a decade to build and now stands as a showcase for the United Arab Emirate’s Islamic cultural heritage. Roam around the site that can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers at any one time. Marvel at priceless features, such as the huge Swarovski crystal chandeliers, floral mosaics, and artifacts of gold, silver, and marble. Be amazed by the gigantic carpet in the main prayer hall. Measuring 60,570 square feet and weighing 35 tons, the carpet was made in Iran and is the result of the toil of thousands of carpet weavers over 2 years. Take stunning memorable photos of the complex and its awe-inspiring architecture, and get a better appreciation of the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the UAE and the mastermind behind the mosque. Depart Abu Dhabi and journey back to Dubai for a drop-off at your hotel or designated location.

Abu Dhabi: Formula Yas 3000 Driving Experience

7. Abu Dhabi: Formula Yas 3000 Driving Experience

Before getting into the driver’s seat you’ll be suited up in full race gear and helmet, and receive a technical briefing from your racing coach. Next, you’ll take familiarization laps around the circuit in a Renault vehicle. During these slow laps, your coach will explain the racing line and how to approach each corner. At this point in your activity you should be ready for the real action. You’ll head back to the pits, where you’ll be further briefed on your car before being tightly strapped in. Prepare to feel every bump, ripple and sensation of the drive. You can be sure that you've never been this connected to a driving machine! Get a grasp of the inner workings of this racing car and experience truly sensational performance first-hand. For 20 minutes For 20 minutes, you’ll be in charge of the paddle shifters, which help shift the gearbox up and down. Two on-board video cameras will capture your drive and allow you to re-live the action later on.

From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

8. From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

Take part in a desert adventure and embark on a dune bashing safari by 4WD. Visit a camel farm, see a traditional camp, and enjoy some famous Arabic hospitality. Depart from Abu Dhabi and journey to the desert on the outskirts of the city for an arrival at a desert camp in Al Khathim in around 45 to 60 minutes. Take an exciting drive across the sand dunes by 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with a multilingual driver, and stop at a camel farm to catch your breath. Continue to the camp to take advantage of a host of thrilling activities, including the chance to cross the desert sands by Quad Bike (own expense), glide down the dunes on a sand board, or put on some traditional Arabic costume for a photo shoot. Try riding a camel and experience the desert's original mode of transportation. See an original Arabic camp, and enjoy some famous Arab hospitality. Choose the evening desert safari option to watch a magnificent sunset from the desert and sample Arabic sweets and Bedouin coffee. A BBQ dinner and live entertainment are included with the evening tour, and you can even have your picture taken with a falcon. Whichever option you choose, benefit from a package specially timed for guests arriving on one of the following cruise ships: • AIDAstella • Azamara Journey • Celebrity Constellation • Costa Fortuna • Costa neoRiviera • Crystal Esprit • NCL Norwegian Star • Oceana Nautica • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas • Seabourn Encore • Silversea Silver Cloud • Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises

Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

9. Abu Dhabi: Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Embark on an exciting morning desert safariin the desert surrounding Abu Dhabi. Ride over the vast dunes in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, glide down the dunes on a sandboard, and enjoy a relaxing camel ride with scenic views. Get ready for a desert safari starting with an early morning pickup at your hotel. A 45-minute drive takes you to the heart of the desert outside Abu Dhabi. Explore the desert in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, bashing the huge dunes. The fun continues with a chance to try out sandboarding. Follow the instructions and glide over the dunes effortlessly. During the safari, there will be plenty of opportunities to pose for some photos in the desert. This special morning safari concludes with a short camel ride before the transfer back to the pick-up point.

Yas Marina Circuit: Aston Martin GT4 Driving Experience

10. Yas Marina Circuit: Aston Martin GT4 Driving Experience

Thrill seekers, put your foot down and feel like a champion at Yas Marina Circuit on this 20-minute drive. Beautiful to look at and brilliant to drive, the Aston Martin GT4 is the ultimate racing experience. Your instructor will fit you into the car, make you comfortable, and explain the controls before you drive out of the pit lane onto the infamous track. The interior of the Aston Martin GT4 has been modified from its road-friendly counterpart to suit professional racing needs. This includes racing seats, an additional instrument panel, protection bars, and plastic windows. Built in an entirely separate factory by racing specialists, the GT4 combines a powerful 4.7-liter V8 engine with sleek curves, high-acceleration, and sophisticated performance. In addition, the GT4 has one of the best-sounding engines ever made.  On this activity, before climbing into the driver’s seat of the Aston Martin GT4, you’ll receive a technical briefing from a racing coach. Then it’s time to buckle up and hit the track. Following your instructor’s lead, you’ll learn the correct racing line and practice handling the complex turns of the circuit. During the driving session, which will last for 20 minutes, the challenge is to improve your racing technique. At the end of your session, the instructor will provide you with some detailed feedback and discuss how you might improve your technique. Spectators and friends are welcome to relax and watch your experience.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 28,416 reviews

To our pleasant surprise this booking was the perfect end to our vacation here in Dubai. Not only is Abu Dhabi a must see, but organizing your day with this group exceeded our expectations. A special thank you and shout out to our amazing tour guide ZIAD. He really went above and beyond with taking care of our group and looking out for our best interests. He was phenomenal and when we come back we will definitely be requesting him again :)

It was amazing, really good driver on dunes and very punctual. Helping also with the photos on the sunset :). We fed baby camels and had a very good time in the camp where you can find even beer (extra charge, of course). Had some hena painting, tea or coffee, various lunch and pretty dancers. Also stars gazzing and other activities too, it's worthy.

I did the photography tour with Alex and he is such an amazing photographer! The tour guy was awesome and Knowledgable too but I forgot his name.

Ziad was a great tour guide and provided us with lots of insights and background information about the culture and the VAE.

It was a great event and we had a wonderful time. The buffet wss excrllent - I didn't expect the food to be so good!