OLD WORLD FLIGHTS

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s largest and most advanced falcon hospital.

SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE

As the country’s largest mosque, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also one of the world’s most impressive modern Islamic architectural masterpieces.

LUXURIOUS TO THE CORE

Explore the region’s largest collection of luxury brands under one roof. From designer fashion to accessories and beauty products, guests can find what their hearts desire.

LOUVRE ABU DHABI

The first Universal Museum in the Arab World that will house galleries and artworks with an emphasis on cultural influences.

AN ISLAND OF CULTURE

Designed by Frank Gehry, the largest Guggenheim in the world will encompass both modern artists from the Western canon, as well as providing a highlighting on Middle Eastern art.

EXOTIC FLAVORS ABOUND

The souk at Central Market is a treasure trove of ethnic gems, from jewelry to antiques, infused with local flavor; it is a must for first-time travelers to the Middle East.

A LUXURY LANDMARK

Changing color from day to night, the Emirates Palace is one of Abu Dhabi’s finest sights.

ZAYED NATIONAL MUSEUM

A monumental memorial that tells the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his unification of the UAE.

SHOP

The Galleria

The Galleria at Sowwah Square is a 33,000 sq. meter retail and dining destination. It’s a vibrant shopping and fine dining destination featuring a full range of luxury and mid-market international offerings. Designed as Abu Dhabi's premium shopping and dining destination, its sculptural atrium roof provides the iconic core of the design with spectacular views over Abu Dhabi's skyline.

Abu Dhabi Mall

A shopper’s paradise that offers over 200 shops, this is one of Abu Dhabi’s most glitzy malls. Big names abound, including Paris Gallery, Caroline Herrera and Zara, selling everything from perfumes and handbags to high street fashion and home décor. The comprehensive complex is complemented by plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, a children’s play area and a Cineplex.

Marina Mall

This mall features a 100 metre high viewing platform, an ice rink, a bowling alley, a Cineplex, musical fountains and hundreds of big name brands and stores. A true Abu Dhabi landmark, Marina Mall's many restaurants and coffee shops make it possible to spend a full day here.

Modern Souk

Revealing Abu Dhabi’s authentically Arabian side, The Souk at Central Market in the Al Markaziyah district is a must-visit for curious travelers, being high on local color and traditional flavor. Visitors will fall in love with the range of ethnic and regional items on display, ranging from jewelry, carpets and antiques. Authentic eateries also abound, offering exotic tastes straight from the heart of Middle Eastern kitchens.

ART

Manarat Al Saadiyat

Manarat Al Saadiyat translates from Arabic as 'a place that provides enlightenment'.  This fascinating exhibition offers an interactive narrative on the history and cultural vision behind the island including the striking designs for new cultural institutions such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Art Hub

Art Hub is the first artist community to be established in the United Arab Emirates and focuses on emerging and established visual artists from across the world.  Forthcoming events include an exhibition of art from South Korea and a celebration of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Born of an intergovernmental agreement between the UAE and France in 2007, Louvre Abu Dhabi has the vocation to be the first Universal museum in the Arab World translating the spirit of openness and dialogue of cultures. Linking Abu Dhabi with the name of the Louvre, Louvre Abu Dhabi will display works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from the most ancient to the most contemporary. Spanning millennia, the artworks on display will originate from civilizations all over the world. The originality of the museum trail resides in presenting these civilizations in the same spaces, galleries, rooms or gallery cabinet. Universal themes and common influences will be highlighted to illustrate similarities and exchanges arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history. Designed by Jean Nouvel and located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, the museum is set to turn the Cultural District into one of the hottest artistic destinations in the Middle East. It’s scheduled for completion in 2015.

The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation

Designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will further turn the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island into one of the most artistically vibrant grounds in the world. The 88,000-square-metre museum will house its own major modern and contemporary art collection, as well as present special exhibitions including works from the Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive collection. With special focus on the evolution of Middle Eastern contemporary art, the museum will also pioneer education programs that highlight the unique heritage of the region. The museum is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Zayed National Museum

The national museum of the UAE, tells the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his unification of the UAE, the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world. Furthermore, it will provide a forum for discussion, learning and inspiration for the entire Arab region. Designed by Pritzker-prize winning firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Lord Norman Foster, the museum will be completed in 2016.

EAT

Nolu’s Café

Nolu’s marries Afghan cuisine and Middle Eastern food culture in a modern, relaxed setting.

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

The finest Chinese food served in gorgeous surroundings with an interior of dark wood and  jade-green leather seating.

Jones The Grocer

A food emporium focused on offering the finest products sourced from around the world with an instore café that showcases some of the products.

OFFBEAT

Heritage Village

This reconstruction of a traditional oasis village provides an interesting glimpse into the emirate’s past and traditional aspects of the desert way of life.  Craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metal work and pottery, while craftswomen sit weaving and spinning.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s largest, and most advanced, falcon hospital. Its highlight is a falcon display museum as well as a facility with free-flying falcons.  You can visit the luxurious wards where the birds are kept, gain an insight into the noble desert sport of falconry and try your hand at the pursuit in the lush gardens.

Tel: +971 2 5755155. Email: info@falconhospital.com. Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pearl Journey

The Abu Dhabi Peal Journey experience is the first cultural and tourism product of its kind in the capital. A unique “edutainment” experience on board a traditional pearling boat that shows the history of the pearling industry in the Arabian Gulf region.

Emirates Palace

An Abu Dhabi landmark, this luxury hotel blends Arabian splendor with the latest technology to create a magical experience for all visitors. By day, the hotel is a vision in gold and green – its sandy colors contrasts with fresh green gardens, silvery fountains and blue skies. By night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly to produce a majestic rainbow-like effect over the main dome. This truly is an architectural gem that changes from day to night.

ESSENTIAL

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The mosque's first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

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.

Monte Carlo Beach Club

Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat is the first private beach club on Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. The cosmopolitan venue is designed for the connoisseur who celebrates the culture of fine living and wellbeing.

Al Ain Oasis

Transporting visitors from the hustle and bustle of downtown Abu Dhabi to a tranquil haven, this is the largest oasis in the city of Al Ain, located near the Al Ain Museum. Guests will experience a world far removed from the gilded charms of Abu Dhabi – the rustle of palm fronds in lush plantations, birdsong, and verdant farmland.

Abu Dhabi Toursim Authority

For more tourism information, please visit the Abu Dhabi Tourism authority website.

FAMILY

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

It’s fast and furious fun for all ages at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. The park tells the Ferrari story with passion and excitement through more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, interactive shopping and authentic Italian dining experiences.

Yas Waterworld

For a full day experience, this futuristic Yas Island waterpark spans an area of around 15 football pitches, with 43 rides, slides & attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

As the Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront golf course, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club harnesses the stunning natural beauty of Saadiyat Island to create a unique golfing experience. Surrounded by blue waters and pristine white sands, this world-class golf club is designed to accommodate all levels of golfers.

EVENT

Abu Dhabi Classics

Running from October 14, 2014 – May 28, 2015

The New 2014/2015 Season: Travelling through Music
Keeping the tradition, that was translated during the last five years, Abu Dhabi Classics returns, bringing some of the most prominent musical talent and orchestras to the emirate. Abu Dhabi Classics is a concert season reflecting the excellence that the emirate has achieved in the field of culture. 

The upcoming 2014-2015 season is dedicated to the figure of the traveller, offering a wide range of musical explorations. Featuring prestigious ensembles such as the world leading Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by their star conductor Christian Thielemann or the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as renowned artists such as Grammy Award Winner Jordi Savall, exceptional young concert pianists Khatia Buniatishvili and David Fray, Oud virtuoso Nasser Shamma and the acclaimed Emirati Oud Master Faisal Al Saari, alongside today’s leading violinists Gidon Kremer and James Ehnes, this season will highlight the finest classical music from East and West.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2015

See the latest films and celebrities from the Arab and international film world while participatingin a range of events at the eighth edition of this popular festival.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

May 7, 2015 to May 13, 2015 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) is the most professionally organised, ambitious and fastest growing book fair in the Middle East and North Africa. Abu Dhabi is the development engine of the regional publishing industry, and is financially and philosophically committed to the long-term expansion of the global book business. Abu Dhabi is rapidly becoming the hub of the Arab book trade and the point of reference for booksellers, publishers and distributors in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf region. In 2013, ADIBF hosted 1,024 publishers from 53 countries.

Formula 1

The Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place November 21-23 at Yas Marina Circuit.  
In addition to the high speed racing, the circuit will also host post-race concerts.
Artists still to be confirmed.

Abu Dhabi Art

Taking place in the impressive UAE Pavilion, Abu Dhabi Art is a platform for modern and contemporary art that brings together a selection of leading art galleries from across the world. A variety of works will be on show from museum-quality pieces to those by emerging artists. November 5-8

Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Stopover

In-Port Race: January 2, 2015 | Leg start: January 3, 2015
Sparkling blue waters and a rich maritime history.
Having ridden a wave of success for its debut Volvo Ocean Race stopover in 2012, the return of the UAE capital to the global 2014-15 route promises another stand-out fortnight of entertainment, concerts, shows, sailing and festivities over the highly sought-after New Year 2015 dates.

ALSO SEE