Wow! Abu Dhabi private sightseeing tours are unique, surprising and fascinating. It is also from this city that you can quickly travel to places nearby for exciting adventure tours Abu Dhabi.
The second largest city and capital of United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is located on an island, T-shaped, which juts out into the Persian Gulf on the West coast. Being the capital, it is the central location for government and business with oil its primary source of revenue.
Abu Dhabi has been described as a cosmopolitan, high rise and modern city that is happy to challenge many world records.
There is much history and culture to see and learn with Abu Dhabi guided tours. Be led to the beautiful Mosques, museums, exhibitions, galleries and palaces.
Alternatively, city tours Abu Dhabi will show you the best places to visit for the likes of shopping, beaches or evening entertainment. Such locations include the Waterfront Corniche with white sandy beaches and long promenades full of cafes and restaurants. Being a tax-free city, the shopping is a-maz-ing! Read More...
Take Abu Dhabi Guided Tours of the Captivating Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
When it comes to private Abu Dhabi tours, there is a vast mix of choices from Abu Dhabi private sightseeing tours to the more energetic adventure tours Abu Dhabi provides in nearby locations. The most popular place to visit in the city with Abu Dhabi guided tours has to be the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
This marvel in architecture is among the most impressive in the world. It has a capacity for 40,000 worshipers, contains the largest hand-woven carpet in the world, gold plated chandeliers and features some 80 domes.
An example of the adventure tours Abu Dhabi provides is night time Mangrove Kayaking, camel trekking, dune buggy tours, sand surfing tours, desert safari tours, wildlife tours and all types of water sports activities.
Top 10 Things to Do in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The most highly recommended Abu Dhabi guided tours are that of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel is among the largest mosques in the world. It has a capacity for 40,000 worshippers, 1,000 columns, over 80 domes, around 24 golden plated chandeliers including the one regarded as the largest in the world and the record-breaking longest handwoven carpet. This is the most breathtaking place you will visit.
Visit the ‘real’ iconic landmark with city tours Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Palace. This is a hotel primarily but a must-see for its Arabian Splendor and green gardens. The place is over a kilometre from one end to the other and its surroundings cover 100 hectares. Gems of all sorts and gold are a major part of the interior as are the 114 domes. At night, when everywhere is lit, it looks magical with a changing colour central dome.
Al Jahili Fort- Al Ain
Among the most historic buildings in UAE are Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, and another one of the recommended Abu Dhabi guided tours. This is a very picturesque Fort which was constructed in 1891 to protect essential palm groves but mainly as a form of defence for the city. It is a great place to explore with permanent and temporary exhibitions held in the wings of the fort. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and lovely to stroll around.
If only to experience travelling in a small unmanned electric car take one of the city tours Abu Dhabi to Masdar City. Since 2008 this city is the vision of the future with an aim to be the most sustainable eco-city in the world. Built around a wind tunnel, there is a cool breeze in the streets. No cars are allowed into the city; you are transported from a carpark into its centre by unmanned electric cars.
The five towers that makeup Etihad Towers are a dramatic statement in Abu Dhabi. Within these towers, there are residential homes, offices, restaurants, shops and a 280 meter high 5 star Jumeirah hotel. On city tours Abu Dhabi, venture to the Observation deck on the 74th floor of Tower 2. From here you see breathtaking island, city and Arabian Gulf views. The most expensive collection of boutiques in the world is here too.
Qasr Al Hosn
The symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi is Qasr Al Hosn and the first permanent structure in the emirates. It was in the1760’s that life began with a stone watchtower overlooking the sea that later became an impenetrable fort. Abu Dhabi guided tours of the Qasr Al Hosn Centre is the best place to learn about the history and culture throughout the years here and see historic photographs along with other fascinating artefacts.
Yas Island is the place of many peoples dreams with Formula One circuit, theme park, water world and shopping. The island is man-made and can be reached it by boat, car or plane. The adventure tours Abu Dhabi can provide start with Yas Marina Circuit which plays host to the Formula One Gran Prix. Here you can have driver experiences. Next, family fun in Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World theme park. There is so much to do here.
Mangrove National Park
See the stunning sights of Mangrove National Park, located outside of the city on adventure tours Adu Dhabi. Explore the Mangrove forest waters and its wildlife by going on kayaking tours. This is a haven for the likes of crabs, herons, flamingos and lots of fish. The national park also provides a home for animals such as turtles, foxes and marine mammals such as dolphin and dugong. Here makes up 75% of UAE’s Mangrove Forest.
Traditional Markets & Souks
The Arabic word for marketplace is Souk and a visit to one of the Souks in Abu Dhabi is another recommended thing to do. There are many different Souks for different items. Fish Souk is where the fishermen sell their catch, then there is the Fruit & Vegetable Souk in Al Mina and a very popular Souk is the carpet one with great bargains on carpets and other textiles. Souk Al Zafarana is the best for culture and traditions.
It is on Saadiyat Island that you can find the largest single collection of premier cultural assets in the world. It is also an island which has become a place for world-class leisure with five-star resorts and facilities. There are beautiful beaches, luxury spas and a golf course designed by profession golfer Gary Player. The Manarat Al Saadiyat is a purpose-built visitor centre that brings the vision of Saadiyat to life.
Travel Tips for Abu Dhabi
Best Time To Visit
Depending on what you want to do or see affects the best time to visit Abu Dhabi. The months from October to April are regarded as the best times, in general. These are the months for the best outdoor experiences such as adventure tours Abu Dhabi to wildlife reserves, deserts and watersports. May to September are very hot but thanks to great air conditioning, you can enjoy many indoor Abu Dhabi guided tours.
The costs in Abu Dhabi are a bit expensive but cheaper than Dubai. The daily budget for the average person, including a nights accommodation and meals, is US$193. For budget travellers, it is possible to survive on a lot less, once you take the time to research. The main expense is accommodation as eating out is very reasonably priced. Private Abu Dhabi tours can be expensive, but the standard is very high.
Know Before Visiting
Abu Dhabi has a crime rate of almost zero and this is mainly due to the continuous tight control over safety issues and security which the city police keep. It is among the worlds crimeless cities. The dress code in this city is a lot more relaxed than other Arab cities and, on the beach, you can wear short clothing and swimsuits. However, it is still polite to be respectfully dressed when walking around the city.
The temperatures during May to September are, on average, over 40º Celsius and therefore really humid and very hot. Sandstorms can occur at any stage during these months too. When compared, the months of October to March are much cooler but for the average European person, it is hot with the coldest month, January, having, on average, high temperatures of 24º Celsius. Do not expect to see any rain in Abu Dhabi.