Activities in the Capital
To see and experience the most that Abu Dhabi has to offer, there are a number of tours and activities that can be arranged for individuals or groups. Popular choices include:
Experience the Arabian desert with an exhilarating dune-bashing adventure where you will be driven off-road in a four-wheel drive (4WD) on tricky desert sand dunes. Standard tour packages include camel rides, dune bugging and sand skiing, before concluding in a barbeque dinner on a desert camp under the starlit sky.
Full day safaris include driving through Bedouin villages and camel farms in the desert, mountain climbing and watching traditional falconry demonstrations.
Traditional and cosmopolitan, Abu Dhabi is a shoppers paradise; visitors can browse the emirate’s traditional markets (souks) or visit designer shops at the modern shopping malls. The largest of the malls in Abu Dhabi are Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall, and home to a wealth of prestigious brand names.
For traditional souks, Al Ain Souk is well worth a visit whilst Abu Dhabi offers the Iranian Souk, the most authentic in the city, and the Al Meena Souk which is a must for visitors looking for carpets. The modern-day mall of Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre offers an extensive selection of gold and jewellery.
Abu Dhabi Heritage
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque
Sport and Leisure
Abu Dhabi Corniche
A two-kilometre beach stretches out along the west end of Corniche, this public area is accessibly for a small fee and provides beach facilities and life-guarded swimming areas.