Who says the UAE is all about Dubai? Hardly an hour and a half away is the capital city of the UAE which is home to its own great attractions that are a must-see for all visitors. If you are bored visiting all kinds of malls and looking for some unique experiences while visiting UAE, just take some extra few days off and visit these top five tourist spots in Abu Dhabi which will keep you and your family entertained!
1. Yas Waterworld
What better way can there be to beat the scorching heat of the desert than visiting a water park with your family? The Yas Waterworld is one of the greatest waterparks in the world and is an attractive destination when you visit this part of the world. It is packed with adventures such as slithering slides, more than 40 different rides of which it can boast of five completely unique rides not found anywhere else in the world! The Yas Waterworld is made on the Emirati theme to give a homely touch along with some great adventures which will surely keep you satisfied!
o Location: Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – UAE.
o Timings: September to October: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
o November to February: 10:00am – 6:00pm
o March to May: 10:00am – 7:00pm
o June to August: 10:00am – 9:00pm
o Cost: From AED 250 per Person
2. Ferrari World
If the waterpark is not enough to keep your adrenaline levels up and running, then Ferrari World Abu Dhabi surely will! This is the one and only Ferrari branded theme park in the world. So whether you are a fan of Ferrari itself or just fast cars which give rides that keep you on the edge of your seats, this will simply take your breath away! This theme park is equipped with 37 record breaking rides and different attractions that include something for the entire family. So if you are looking for some thrill after your retail therapy, then head out and try the famous Formula Rossa, which is the world’s largest roller coaster in the world with a roaring speed of 0 to 240 km/h in only 4.9 seconds with the heart racing height of 52 meters.
o Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – UAE
o Cost: Start from AED 295 per person
3. Warner Bros. World
If you still have not had enough of the theme parks, never fear! There is another great one on the list which you simply have to try! The Yas Island is a holiday destination which is also home to the Warner Bros World. This is yet again, one of the largest indoor theme parks in the whole world! Visiting this new destination means a complete day well spent with your family and friends exploring and having loads of fun! It has everything to offer for every single person. You can experience all of your favorite Warner Bros characters and stores all under one roof! See all well-known characters like Superman, Scooby-doo, Batman, Bugs Bunny and more. All these attractions are spread across six theme parks and in total it has about twenty nine awe-inspiring attractions and great shows! The different themes this park has includes the Warner Bros. Plaza, Bedrock, Cartoon Junction, Metropolis, Dynamite Gulch and the famous Gotham City.
o Location: Warner Bros World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – UAE.
o Cost: Starts from AED 295 for adults and AED 230 for juniors / Family package available for AED 885 for 4 people.
4. Louvre Abu Dhabi
If, for instance, you’re tired of traversing theme parks and want some time to indulge in art, then the Louvre Abu Dhabi is surely the place for you! This is the largest museum in the entirety of the Arabian Peninsula with a total covered area of about 260,000 sq ft. This renowned art place is a combination of the two unique, but distinct cultures of the UAE and France. This place was made to develop a new type of a cultural institution to focus on the universal human values and to focus on that which unites everyone of us. This is the first of its kind in the Arab region, which shares stories of what unites us all. It really transcends individual cultures to focus on the similarities and to celebrate the differences in a beautiful way. The design is a floating dome structure and a web patterned design which allows the fun to filter through its light. This gives a majestic overall effect of the sun rays passing through the date palm trees in an oasis. It is a must-see place for those who enjoy great architectures and have a love for art.
o Location: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi – UAE.
5. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
When you are done visiting adventurous places or those full of art in every nook and cranny, the next place on your list should be the glorious Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is the largest mosque in the country and can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers at a time. This mosque is a marvel of art and architecture, which the visitors have to come and experience for themselves. The most prominent feature of this grand mosque is the famous 24 carat gold plated chandelier located in the main prayer hall of the mosque. It is known to be the largest chandelier in the world and it weighs around twelve tones and it has a height of about 15 meters and it is 10 meters in diameter. Moreover, this mosque is also known to have the world’s largest handcrafted carpet.
o Location: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, 5th Street, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street Abu Dhabi – UAE.