The city ripe for exploring, with a wide range of cultural activities and attractions. The capital of the Emirates boasts some of the country’s most impressive architecture – including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Emirates Palace Hotel.
Yas Island is popular with adventure seekers featuring exciting theme parks and attractions, and Yas Marina Circuit which draws thousands of Formula 1™ fans every year for the final race of the season. If you’re wondering what things to do in Abu Dhabi if you have 3 days we’ve put together an itinerary that covers all the major attractions:
Start with learning more about Arabic traditions, the culture of the people and heritage of the city.
Abu Dhabi Heritage Village
Go back in time at the Abu Dhabi Heritage village which is a reconstruction of a traditional desert oasis. The oasis features various workshops and the traditional Falaj irrigation system which uses a series of channels to transport water. Explore an authentic Arabian campfire with coffee pots and goat hair tents. You will be able to see traditional craftspeople showcase traditional metalwork, pottery, spinning and weaving. Make sure you visit the Zayed Centre located within the Heritage Village to learn more about the UAE’s founding father who had the vision to unite the Emirates and lay down an inspiring future. Visit www.torath.ae for more information.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
Stroll along Corniche for lunch, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the beachfront. Filled with cafes and restaurants you’ll be sure to find the right spot for lunch. The corniche is popular with locals and visitors, thanks to the beach walkways and playgrounds that line the shore. Take some time to relax after your meal and soak in the sun before you head to the Grand Mosque – a cultural highlight of what to do if you have three days in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This impressive mosque is the largest in the UAE, taking more than 11 years to complete. At capacity it can hold a whopping 40,000 worshippers. There so are many outstanding features to explore such as the world’s largest hand-loomed carpet which is a truly incredible sight. The dramatic water mirrors, columns and glittering chandeliers along with the unique Arabic architectural features make this one of the most famous Abu Dhabi visitor highlights. Join the guided sunset tour that shares not only key aspects of the mosque but also gives insights into Islam.
If you’re thinking about things to do in abu dhabi if you have 3 days and you’re travelling with an adrenaline junkie, a day on Yas Island is sure to please.
Seaplane scenic flight above Abu Dhabi
You’ll start your day in the sky for an exhilarating scenic flight taking in the city’s top attractions. This 30 minute flight is a unique experience offering unparalleled views of the city. After experiencing the thrill of water take off from Yas Marina you can relax and enjoy Abu Dhabi with a bird’s eye view. From the comfort of your luxurious window seat you’ll see the extensive mangrove lagoons, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace Hotel, Marina Mall, Saadiyat Island and Yas Island which is home to – Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Yas Marina Circuit.
Ferrari World is the ultimate destination for petrol heads. With more than 25 rides and attractions from roller coasters to simulators this theme park is a must do for action addicts. Ferrari World is home to Toro Rosso, the fastest roller coaster in the world and Flying Aces, which has the highest roller coaster loop on the planet! When it’s time for a pit stop you’ll be transported to Ferrari’s romantic homeland in the Italian themed restaurants dotted around the park.
There’s so much more to explore on the island – Yas Waterworld is a fantastic water park popular with young families, and the young at heart with exhilarating water slides and rides. Yas Marina Circuit also offers track days, and some evenings you can even walk or ride a bicycle round the track.
Get a close encounter with the symbol of the Emirates, then live like royalty for the afternoon.
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The falcon is the national bird of the United Arab Emirates, and is seen as a symbol of strength. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is first public institution in the UAE that specialises in falcon care, and since opening has treated more than 11,000 falcons per year. Learn more about this majestic bird, the history of the falcon in the UAE and visit falcons free-flying in their specially designed aviary. This unique encounter makes it an essential experience if you’re looking for what to do if you have three days in Abu Dhabi. The hospital has won several accolades including the Middle East Responsible Tourism Award.
Emirates Palace Hotel
If you’re looking for a peek into the life of royalty, a visit to this hotel is a must-do. Emirates Palace Hotel – built to the tune of three billion US dollars – is extensively decked out in marble and gold, and has six ‘ruler suites’ which are for the exclusive use of visiting royalty. To give you an idea of the extravagance, it requires a full time staff of ten dedicated exclusively to cleaning its 1002 Swarovski crystal chandeliers. This is one of the only places in the world where you can get a decadent cappuccino sprinkled with 24 carat gold flakes. Live like a king if it’s even just for a coffee. We recommend booking in for the decadent high tea, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the opulent surrounds.
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