Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Welcome to Abu Dhabi, where luxury and style are infused with traditional values of hospitality and respect. Where sunny weather, tranquil beaches, lush oases, vibrant city life, and a mixture of culture and traditions come together to create a holiday experience like no other. Explore the emirate’s old souqs, sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, ride the dunes on an exhilarating desert safari, or dive into a dazzling marine life - there is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates which make up the UAE and accounts for more than 85% of the country’s total landmass. The city, built on the largest of almost 200 natural offshore islands in the Emirates, serves as the capital of the UAE. Abu Dhabi’s population is currently around 1.6 million and is expected to grow by 6.8 per cent per annum over the next decade to a projected 3.4 million by 2015. Abu Dhabi has an estimated 9.2% of the world’s proven oil reserves and 4% of its total proven natural gas reserves. It offers a galaxy of tourist attractions, out-of-the-world resorts and facilities for leisure and recreation. Year-round sunshine and the temptations to unravel the mystique of the Arabian adventures, all combine to make a visit to Abu Dhabi an irresistible choice.

Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates is one of the city's most famous malls with the spectacular (and surreal) Ski Dubai facility inside. The indoor ski slope is complete with chairlifts and a penguin enclosure, all at a continuous temperature of -4 degrees Celsius. There's also a cinema complex and a family entertainment centre with a whole host of rides aimed at both the big and small. The shopping opportunities are boundless as are the eating options, offering every conceivable world cuisine.

Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque boasts of Dubai's tallest minaret and is a notable landmark and important place of worship. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter, but can take photos of the gorgeous facade with its sand-coloured walls and 45 small domes.