Run by the Emirates Heritage Club, this reconstruction of a traditional oasis village provides an interesting glimpse into the emirate’s past. Traditional aspects of the desert way of life, including a campfire with coffee pots, a goats’ hair tent, and a falaj irrigation system, are attractively displayed in the open museum. There are workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metal work and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning. The craftsmen are happy to share
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque's first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s museum galleries tell the story of humanity in twelve inspiring chapters. Each chapter focuses on shared themes and ideas that reveal common connections throughout humanity. The works on show range from prehistoric artefacts to contemporary artworks. The art on show comes from the museum’s collection alongside many masterpieces on loan from some of the most world-renowned French museums.
The Desert Safari in half a day is possibly the best way to discover the true desert of Abu Dhabi. After an exciting drive over the sand dunes, you will visit a camel farm & watch the sunset. Your journey will continue until you reach the traditional Bedouin Arabic camp just in time for dinner.
The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is a great way to discover Abu Dhabi, the tour route is carefully planned to take in all the major landmarks. The Big Bus Tour offers you the choice of a recorded commentary in 8 languages.
There aren’t many places to see modern art in Abu Dhabi, so this gallery opposite Al Bateen small shopping centre is a real plus. It encourages emerging artists and students to display their work; it’s open throughout the week and free to all. www.etihadmodernart.com
With more than 300 shops and 20 coffee shops at your disposal, you won't be short of distractions. Go for the aoud, Arabic burning scents, and the Arabic perfumes, known as anbar.
With over 400 retail outlets, there is something for everyone to love. Also, good to visit if you are looking for a good selection of the finest gold, diamond and pearl jewellery. The supervised children's area and the games arcade will keep the kids entertained while you shop.
Zayed The First Street Abu Dhabi 4171 United Arab Emirates