Prepare for an incredible journey to Abu Dhabi, where old and modern wonders coexist. Abu Dhabi has it all, whether you're looking for free attractions, romantic vacations, or family excursions. You can discover natural splendors, hidden treasures, and prominent sights such as Yas Mall, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and the enthralling Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Allow Abu Dhabi to wow you with its appeal. Prepare for an incredible experience and let the adventure begin! Here is a list of must-visit tourist places that will make your journey an unforgettable one, keep an eye out for Abu Dhabi’s captivating allure! 

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1- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Woman at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Being the largest and one of the most magnificent mosques in the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is quite a popular tourist spot. This mosque covers 12 hectares of land and has four minarets with different architectural designs of Mamluk, Ottoman, Fatimid, and Moroccan. With 82 domes, an everlasting white marble exterior, and a Guinness record holder carpet, it symbolizes architectural advancement and religious devotion. 

Operating Hours: 

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque operates daily from 09.00 to 22.00, except Fridays.
  • Fridays operate from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 22.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • There is no entrance fee to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
  • There are also free guided tours in Arabic and English.

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2- Qasr Al Watan

Aerial shot of Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan is the presidential palace in Abu Dhabi which stands magnificently to reveal the UAE’s rich legacy. This cultural landmark is among the most popular tourist places in Abu Dhabi lately, as it was closed to the public until 2019. Visitors can explore the grounds of Qasr Al Watan which spreads over 380,000 square meters, with facilities, attractions, a massive garden, visitor center, courtyard, great hall, and a majestic chandelier that is made with 350,000 pieces of crystal.  

Operating Hours: 

  • Qasr Al Watan’s operating hours are subject to change, please keep an eye out for updates.
  • Note that the ticket counter is open until 19.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • Qasr AlWatan entry fee is AED 60 (USD 16,34) for adults and AED 30 (USD 8,17) for children

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3- Qasr Al Hosn

Exterior of the Qasr Al Hosn

The oldest structure in the city, Qasr Al Hosn, offers a fascinating look into Abu Dhabi's past. Witness how the mansion of the ruling family changed from being a lookout monitoring coastal trade routes. Get lost in the exhibits inside the fort, which trace more than 8,000 years of Abu Dhabi's history. Visit the House of Artisans to learn about Emirati crafts and the nearby Cultural Foundation for constantly changing exhibitions and activities. Al Hosn is an unforgettable tour into Abu Dhabi's past with free entrance to the Cultural Foundation and House of Artisans.

Operating Hours: 

  • Qasr Al Hosn operates daily from 09.00 to 22.00, except Fridays.
  • Fridays operate from 14.00 to 22.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • Entrance fee is AED 30 (around USD 8,17) per adult. 

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4- Emirates Palace

Aerial shot of Emirates Palace

At Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental Abu Dhabi, you can indulge in outstanding service, exquisite dining, and breathtaking surroundings. Luxury is waiting with a 1.3km secluded beach, alluring pools, an idyllic spa, and a marina. Discover the architectural marvel's golden facade, rich landscaping, and captivating 114 domes. It is the ideal starting point for sightseeing because it is close to well-known attractions, and it is one of the favorite spots of tourists. Explore Abu Dhabi's marvels in this opulent paradise!

Operating Hours: 

  • Emirates Palace visiting hours are  every day from 10.00 to 16.00

Entrance Fee: 

There is no entry fee for Emirates Palace

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5- Louvre Abu Dhabi

Exterior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, situated on Saadiyat Island in the center of Abu Dhabi's cultural district, is a feast for the eyes because of its large collection of priceless works of art as well as its distinctive architecture. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is about 9,200 square meters in size and has several galleries to explore, was created by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel. 

You can immerse yourself in a variety of collections from internationally recognized museums including the Musee du Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, and other French museums through the Permanent Gallery and Temporary Gallery. Everyone will have an incredible experience at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, making it one of the must-visit locations while in the city.

Operating Hours: 

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi operates every day from 10.00 to 00.00 except Mondays, which are closed. Galleries and exhibitions close at 18.30 on weekdays and 20.30 on weekends. 

Entrance Fee: 

  • Entrance fee is AED 63 (around USD 17) per adult. 
  • Discounted fees are AED 31.50 (around USD 8) and are available for teachers, faculty members, and UAE military personnel. 
  • For Louvre Abu Dhabi members, ICOM and related card holders, journalists, UAE residents 60+, and people younger than 18, admission is free.  

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6- Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Aerial shot of the Ferrari World

With an indoor space of 86,000 square meters, Ferrari World is the biggest indoor theme park in the world and is situated on Yas Island. Ferrari World includes more than 20 attractions that have broken world records in addition to its most well-known ride, Formula Rossa, which is also the fastest rollercoaster in the world. This location is a must-see for you if you're seeking pleasure that will get your heart pumping.

Other attractions include go-karts, Family Zone, simulators, Tyre Change Experience, Junior Training Camp, Nello's Adventureland, and Bell'Italia, where you may ride a 1958 Ferrari 250 California in a miniature version of Italy.

Operating Hours: 

  • Ferrari World operates every day from 12.00 to 20.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • For Ferrari World, Single Day Ticket prices start from AED 345 (around USD 94) per person.

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7- Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Children playing at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Yas Waterworld, the region's premier water park, offers a thrilling aquatic experience. With over 40 rides, activities, and pools, there's something for everyone. From heart-pounding slides like Hamlool's Humps to the twisting Slithers Slides and the massive Dawwama tornado waterslide, the excitement never ends. Kids can enjoy the Tots' Playground, while adults can indulge in unique attractions like the AMWAJ wave pool, Cinesplash, and underwater VR adventure. Relax in private cabanas, savor delicious food at culinary outlets, and explore gift stores. Free shuttles between Dubai and Abu Dhabi are available. Dive into Yas Waterworld and make a splash!

Operating Hours: 

  • Yas Waterworld operates Sunday through Thursday from 10.00 to 19.00
  • Fridays Yas Waterworld is open from 13.00 to 22.00
  • Saturdays Yas Waterworld is open from 10.00 to 21.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • Yas Waterworld offers several packages, and Single Day Ticket prices start from AED 325 (around USD 88) per person.

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8- Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Bugs Bunny on the entrance of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island and is the world's largest indoor theme park. Spanning 15 hectares, this immersive attraction features 29 exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly experiences, and captivating live entertainment. From Gotham City to Bedrock, explore six themed lands that transport you into the world of Warner Bros. Plaza. Recognized with prestigious awards, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi promises endless fun and excitement. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Operating Hours: 

  • Warner Bros. World operates Sunday through Thursday from 11.00 to 19.00
  • Fridays and Saturdays Warner Bros. World operates from 11.00 to 20.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • Warner Bros. World offers several packages, and Single Day Ticket prices start from AED 345 (around USD 94) per person.

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Entrance of the Etihad Modern Art Gallery

The Etihad Modern Art Gallery, which is located on Al Huwelat Street and faces the prestigious Al Bateen Mall, stands out as a compelling and modern addition to the capital's booming art scene. This gallery offers a dynamic platform for both established and up-and-coming Emirati and international artists, showcasing a rainbow of artistic expressions, with a focus on art interwoven with local themes. Once you've had your fill of the artistic feast, visit the nearby Art House Café, an oasis of delectable charm that perfectly accompanies the artistic experience.

Operating Hours: 

  • Etihad Modern Art Gallery operates every day from 10.00 to 21.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • There is no entry fee for Etihad Modern Art Gallery

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10- Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

Flamingos at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

Beyond its enormous dunes, Abu Dhabi is home to many other natural treasures. Learn about the breathtaking variety of scenery, including mighty mountains, rocky wadis, and vibrant wildlife reserves. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan created the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, a protected region with beautiful natural and man-made lakes and a diverse environment. The reserve is home to a significant population of Greater Flamingos, along with over 250 bird species, 37 plant species, and a variety of water life. Discover the reserve's self-guided walking trails and bird-watching hide, which offer a chance to get back in touch with nature and unusual encounters. Keep in mind to drink plenty of water, and pack the necessities.

Operating Hours: 

  • Al Wathba Wetland Reserve operates every day from 08.00 to 16.00 
  • Note that the reserve will be closed during the warmer months due to the breeding season of Greater Flamingos

Entrance Fee: 

  • There is no entry fee for Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

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11- Al Wathba Long Salt Lake

View of Al Wathba Long Salt Lake

Learn about the breathtaking "Al Wathba Long Salt Lake," a recently discovered beauty in the UAE that is capturing social media. This lovely stretch of emerald-green water is nestled in the desert of Abu Dhabi and attracts tourists with its breathtaking beauty and an ideal setting for picnics and photographs. This man-made marvel is fueled by underground pipelines that draw salt from the Sabkha salt flats in the dry coastal region. The lake's stunning crystalline salt pads were created over time as the artificially fed water eroded through salt and mineral deposits already there. 

This remarkable attraction defies assumptions and begs exploration with two lakes bordered by crystallized salt. Enjoy the perfect BBQ location, take beautiful pictures, and protect the lake's pure ecosystem for future generations. Recall that off-roading excursions call for a four-wheel-drive car.

Operating Hours: 

  • Al Wathba Salt Lake is open every day for 24 hours

Entrance Fee: 

•             There is no entry fee for Al Wathba Salt Lake

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12- The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi

Interior of the National Aquarium of Abu Dhabi

Explore and expand your horizons at The National Aquarium in Al Qana, the largest aquarium in the Middle East. This intriguing place has more than 46,000 animals of 300 species scattered across 10 themed zones and more than 60 family-friendly attractions. Discover interactive educational experiences, embark on glass-bottomed dhow tours, and up-close encounters with sharks and puffins. The National Aquarium delivers a captivating and entertaining approach to learning about the importance of the marine ecosystem.

Operating Hours: 

  • The National Aquarium operates every day from 10.00 to 22.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • Several packages are available for aquarium and Animal Encounters. General admission for Aquarium is AED 110 (USD 29,95) and for Animal Encounters is AED 190 (USD 51,73) per person.
  • For children under the age of 3 there is no entry fee

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13- Wahat Al Karama

View of Wahat Al Karama

Known as "Wahat Al Karama," which means "oasis of dignity," is a monument honoring the UAE's fallen heroes. This place, which was picked by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has 31 tablets covered in aluminum to signify support and solidarity. Along with the Pavilion of Honor, a structure that displays the names of heroes, these tablets have inscriptions from notable people. While the Visitors' Center greets visitors with an engaging experience and breathtaking views, the Memorial Plaza offers a tranquil setting with a reflected pool.

Operating Hours: 

  • Wahat Al Kamara visitor center operates every day from 09.00 to 19.00
  • Tour bookings operate every day from 10.00 to 18.00
  • Memorial Plaza Area is open every day for 24 hours

Entrance Fee: 

  • There is no entry fee for Wahat Al Karama

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14- Marina Mall

Entrance of the Marina Mall

Experience Marina Mall, a vast shopping haven spanning over 122,000 square meters in the prominent marina district of Abu Dhabi. It fulfills all demands with 400+ luxurious shops like Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, a Mercedes-Benz car showroom, specific stores, bank offices, and a hypermarket. Relax in posh cafes, test your talents at the cutting-edge bowling alley, or experience utter bliss in the nine-screen VOX cinema. Marina Mall, a renowned attraction, provides a variety of exciting activities for visitors of all ages. Bounce indoor trampoline park offers thrilling 40-meter slides, slacklines, a zip-line ride, and an 18-meter free-fall experience for action-packed excitement.

Operating Hours: 

  • Al Ain Souk operates Sunday through Thursday from 10.00 to 23.00
  • On Fridays and Saturdays operates from 10.00 to 00.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • There is no entry fee for Marina Mall
  • Marina Mall provides parking space for up to 4000 vehicles which are also free of charge for its visitors

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15- The Gold Souk

Couple shopping at Gold Souk

Discover the appeal of Abu Dhabi's Gold Souk, a jeweler's heaven. This group of stores, located near Madinat Zayed Mall, provides a spectacular assortment of gold, diamond, and silver jewelry. Here's what you should know:

  • Keep up with worldwide gold prices to get accurate cost estimates.
  • Check the maximum gold limit when traveling to avoid paying high fees.
  • Negotiate a price reduction with the sales personnel.
  • If you want jewelry that will last and is affordable, go for 21 or 22 carats.
  • Visit many stores to compare costs and confidently bargain.
  • Take advantage of the souk's provision of jewelry repair services.
  • Find trustworthy jewelers to pierce your ears and nose in a clean, safe manner.

Experience the world of the Gold Souk in Abu Dhabi and appreciate the elegance of fine jewelry.

Operating Hours: 

  • Gold Souk operates every day from 09.00 to 22.00 except Fridays, which operate from 16.00 to 22.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • There is no entry fee for Gold Souk

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16- Observation Deck at 300

Inside of Observation Deck at 300

Observation Deck at 300, located on the 74th floor of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, is Abu Dhabi's pinnacle. Enjoy unparalleled views of the city, Corniche, and Arabian Gulf from 300 meters high. Capture amazing images while enjoying an afternoon high tea with TWG Tea blends and delectable pastries. The cost of admission is AED 95 per person, which includes an AED 55 credit voucher for food and beverages. For a full trip, combine your visit with adjacent hotel activities. Discover Abu Dhabi from a fresh perspective!

Operating Hours: 

  • Observation Deck at 300 operates every day from 12.00 to 20.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • For the Observation Deck at 300, ticket prices are AED 95 (around USD 25) per person.

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17- Women’s Handicraft Center

Emirati woman's handicraft

Women’s Handicraft Center is a museum initiated by the Abu Dhabi Women’s Association which creates an environment for local artists to showcase their handiworks. This place provides opportunities for visitors who want to learn more, whether examining arts or attending workshops. This place is ideal for tourists who seek authentic and handcrafted items because apart from handiworks, you can buy handmade souvenirs as well.  

 Operating Hours: 

  • Women’s Handicraft Center is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 09.00 to 15.00
  • Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are closed
  • Thursdays are open from 09.00 to 13.00

Entrance Fee: 

  • Entrance Fee is AED 5 (USD 1,36) per person.

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18- Warehouse 421 

Warehouse 421 is an independent and anti-disciplinary platform in Abu Dhabi for emerging artists across the region. Located in Mina Zayed, this place offers its visitors all-year-round exhibitions, workshops, events, talks, and more. If you are an art enthusiast, or simply curious, Warehouse 421 must be on your itinerary.

Operating Hours: 

  • Warehouse 421 operates every day from 10.00 to 20.00, except Mondays which are closed

Entrance Fee: 

  • There is no entry fee for Warehouse 421
  • Workshops and programs are individually priced

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19- Arabian Wildlife Park 

Safari at Arabian Wildlife Park

Located on Sir Bani Yas Island, Arabian Wildlife Park presents to its visitors a distinctive opportunity to explore and learn about the nature and wildlife of the UAE. This park covers 4,200 hectares, which is roughly half of the island itself, and houses more than 17,000 free-roaming animals.

 You can observe giraffes, cheetahs, ostriches, and many other species from viewing platforms, that offer safety for you, your family, and your kids. Do not miss out on this family-friendly attraction in Abu Dhabi. 

Operating Hours: 

  • Arabian Wildlife Park operates all day except Friday from 14.00 to 18.00 
  • Visitors must reserve an Arabian Wildlife Park tour in advance

Entrance Fee: 

  • Entrance fee is AED 15 (around USD 4) per person.

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20- Emirates National Auto Museum

Exterior of the Emirates National Auto Museum

Emirates National Auto Museum is a collection of vehicles, mostly owned by Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan AL Nahyan. This unique collection is worth visiting in Abu Dhabi, as it is home to the world’s biggest model jeep, numerous classic cars, and off-road vehicles.

Pyramid-like structure of the museum combined with one-of-a-kind vehicles makes it perfect for taking photographs. Emirates National Auto Museum is located in Al Dhafra, which is about 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi city center. 

Operating Hours: 

  • Emirates Auto National Museum operates every day from 09.00 to 17.00
  • Except for Tuesdays which are closed 

Entrance Fee: 

  • Ticket prices start are AED 50 (around USD 13) per person.
  • Free for children younger than 10 years old. 

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Tsisem  Molla
Tsisem Molla
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After graduating from Political Science and International Relations she joined Wingie team as a content writer.