Overview

The largest and the federal capital of the seven kingdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi’s varied coastline of beaches, islands and mangroves lead to vast deserts, modern cityscapes, rocky heights and cooling oases. From Abu Dhabi city's famous Corniche to the western region's Empty Quarter Desert in Al Gharbia, culture, history and adventure are all waiting to be discovered.

Highlights

Abu Dhabi is more than just beautiful beaches and sparkling skyscrapers. Explore the capital and discover delicious local delicacies, exhilarating theme parks and historical sights.

Cultural icon

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must-see. This is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. One of the best times to visit is just before sunset when the natural light will illuminate this architectural work with golden hues.

Life in the fast lane

The world’s largest indoor theme park is home to a winning mix of Ferrari inspired rides and attractions, the biggest Ferrari Store and a range of authentic Italian dining options.

Shop like a pro

Shopping is something of a national pastime, perhaps because it’s so diverse: everything from ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk-like outlets where visitors can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts and spices.

When to visit

Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny blue skies and high temperatures can be expected most of the year. Rainfall is sporadic, falling mainly in winter (November to March) and averaging 12 cm per year in most of the emirate.