Although Abu Dhabi does not occupy a large area, the city has a lot of tourist attractions that draw attention of its visitors. From amazing cultural sights to tourist attractions such as driving in the desert or watching falcons. This list includes the most visited sights of Abu Dhabi. Through it you will be able to get to know the whole city and decide which sights and attractions you wish to visit.
Founder’s Memorial - The best way to gain the sense of history of the UAE is to visit the Founder’s Memorial in Ras Al Akhdar. The Memorial is a permanent national honor to celebrating life, heritage and values of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. A public work of art called Constellation is a dynamic tridimensional portrait of late Sheikh Zayed that may be perceived differently, depending on the point of view around the monument. Visit the Emirates Palace close by, and experience the luxury of the UEA with famous cappuccino with 24k gold flakes. If you have time, head to the top of the Etihad Towers, and experience the bird’s eye view of the city.
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – spend a day in of the most required tours in the capital: The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. This is the largest falcon hospital in the world. The tour begins with “ABC” on falcons, and you will get to know why this bird is perceived as the national symbol of UAE and characterized as national treasure. The most unique aspect of the tour is a falcon pedicure. While being sedated, they trim its claws, and visitors have a unique opportunity to fell the beats of a falcon’s heart. The tour then proceeds to the aviary, where residential falcons fly free above you. The tour last for approximately two hours, and while visiting, tourist will understand why the Falcon Hospital is the second most popular destination in Abu Dhabi. If you are interested in visiting, you need to book a reservation in advance.
Al-Ain Oasis - Even though Al-Ain is a relatively “sleepy” desert city, visitors may be surprised to find out that surfing tournaments are organized here, as well as visits to safari parks, luxury hotels and shopping malls. For that reason, do not leave the UAE before spending a few days in the City of the Garden. Begin the tour by visiting six urban regions protected by UNESCO in Al-Ain, and take walk of 4.500 years in the past. The city of Al-Ain is named after an oasis of the same name that expands on over 1.200 hectares, and consists of 147.000 date palm trees and fruits such as mango, oranges, bananas, and figs.
Jabel Hafeet Viewpoint - A platform or a viewpoint, Jabel Hafeet is the second highest mountain peak in the UAE. This ancient bottom of the sea that sticks out from the sand is at the height of 1.250 meters and it offers a spectacular view. There is a steep pathway up the mountain that meanders for 12 miles, with a couple of scenic viewpoints on the way. There is a café at the top that offers a fantastic view and refreshing drinks. While on your way, pay Camel Souk a visit and you will come across a traditional livestock market.
Al-Ain Zoo and Safari - Just like its twin city in the West, Al-Ain is not short of adrenaline sports and family attractions. Youngsters will be amazed by the Al-Ain Zoo and African safari, while a bit older children will probably be more interested in water attractions, such as surfing, kayaking and rafting on rough waters. Chose one or do both, it is up on you, but be sure to go to the city and enjoy different phenomenal restaurants. Yalla recommends Pizza di Rocco if you feel like eating pizza, Coriander for delicious Indian food, Trader Vics in Al Ain Rotana for legendary Polynesian cuisine.