InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Wake up to views of the Arabian Gulf and head down to the beach for a refreshing early morning dip in our serene infinity pool. After a delicious breakfast buffet with views of the marina in our airy Selections restaurant, you can discover a favourite Abu Dhabi location of visitors and locals with a stroll along the nearby beachfront Corniche. You’ll pass by fountains and parks, and there are plenty of waterfront cafes where you can stop to admire the city skyline over coffee or lunch.
After lunch we suggest that you explore the natural side of Abu Dhabi from the back of a camel or a luxury 4x4 on a desert safari. Head back to the city to cool off with a spot of shopping in a luxury air-conditioned mall. For a more traditional experience, take a stroll along "date alley" in the Abu Dhabi Fruit and Vegetable Market, or explore the fascinating Gold Souk. Alternatively, Ferrari World across the city offers an afternoon of rides, shows and the ultimate driving experience.
As the sun begins to set, take a taxi over to the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It’s an architectural masterpiece that’s at its most stunning in the evening light. Head back for a delicious Lebanese or Brazilian meal at one of InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel’s superb international restaurants. Afterwards, reflect on the day over drinks in our elegant Piano Lounge or at Byblos Lounge.
Abu Dhabi is situated in an archipelago of over 200 other islands. Meaning 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm ('barasti') huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler's fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates. Find out more about Abu Dhabi’s religion and traditions with a visit to one of the world's most impressive landmarks, the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers, features 80 domes, over 1,000 columns, gold plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand woven carpet. Head to our landmark Corniche and enjoy an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach - a lifeguarded beach park. Beachgoers should also spend some time on the stunning Saadiyat and Yas public beaches or for a spot of luxury they can book a day in the uber-luxurious Saadiyat Beach Club. While in Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to get on the water! From wake-boarding to surfing and parasailing, from cruising in a traditional pearling boat to kayaking through our natural mangrove forests, from zooming to the pace of a speedboat tour to diving, cruising, snorkelling or swimming, the emirate’s waters are yours to discover. Shopping is something of a national pastime in Abu Dhabi, perhaps because it’s so diverse and tax-free: everything from luxurious and ultra-modern malls with the latest brands, to small, souk-like shops where you can buy traditional perfumes, handicrafts, spices and carpets. If you’re interested in culture and heritage, catch a cab to the Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater and step back in time to a traditional desert lifestyle. Bargain with souvenir sellers and watch craftsmen at work producing pottery, weaving and metal work. Diversity of experiences characterise Abu Dhabi’s great golf offering – whether it’s championship-ready parkland, ocean or Links facilities, a gentle urban centre course, the sheer uniqueness of a world-class ‘sand’ course or a country course in our heritage heartland of Al Ain.
Yas Island is aleisure, retail and entertainment complex built on reclaimed land in the Arabian Gulf. The onsite Formula One circuit hosts the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but also serves as an open-air community fitness centre – you can walk, run or cycle around the track.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Less than 20 minutes from the hotel, the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates can hold up to 40,000 worshippers. Among other impressive architectural and design features, it boasts the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and one of the world’s biggest chandeliers. This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques. It features 82 domes, over a 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. Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
The Corniche spreads across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants.
Desert adventures in Abu Dhabi
As well as an evening safari, you can enjoy the desert with dune bashing, sand skiing and of course camel riding excursions. The concierge can help you choose the perfect desert experience.