The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi, is one of the most modern and safest cities in the world. In recent times, it has also emerged as a star attraction for world travellers.
Situated on an island off the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Dhabi city has a mesmerising skyline dotted with futuristic skyscrapers reaching out to the sky, yet it is still grounded in its heritage and culture.
There are many beautiful places to visit in Abu Dhabi that will brighten up your Instagram. Let’s take a look at them:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi, and the third-largest in the world, intentionally blending different Islamic architectural styles. Standing proud in glistening white marble, this is also the top tourist attraction in Abu Dhabi.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Manarat Al Saadiyat literally translates to 'the place of enlightenment'. Staying true to its name, this exhibition and performance centre provides insights into art and culture in the Emirates. While you might like to check out Manarat Al Saadiyat for an event or exhibition, its spectacular architecture makes it a must-visit destination too.
Liwa is the ultimate destination for dune bashing and desert safaris. It boasts some of the highest and most pristine sand dunes in the world. The sunsets here offer myriad hues that you are going to love clicking.
The Corniche beachfront offers a spectacular view of the Abu Dhabi skyline. ‘Golden hour’ is the ideal time for taking a walk and capturing some glorious shots.
Qasr Al Watan
The Presidential palace of Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan was opened to the public in 2019. The palace offers insights into the majestic heritage of the United Arab Emirates.
The best way to enjoy the deserts of Abu Dhabi is to take a fun camel ride through the splendid golden landscapes here.
Zaya Nurai Island
Zaya Nurai Island is a boutique private island resort with a spa and restaurants that provide an uninterrupted view of the Arabian Gulf.
Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island
A wildlife photographer's delight, the Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island is home to the Arabian oryx, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs.
Al Jahili Fort
Situated in Al Ain, a city in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi, Al Jahili Fort was built in the 1890s and is one of the largest forts in the emirate. It has been a focal point of activities linked with philosophy and heritage since it was opened to the public in 2008.
Al Ain Oasis
Al Ain Oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a sprawling, lush oasis that stands out in the desert. Its shaded pathways that wind beneath over a hundred thousand palm trees are perfect for photography.
This ‘furthest man-made leaning building’ - as recognised by the Guinness World Records - will fill you with awe. This could be the postcard image of Abu Dhabi that you would like to share with the world.
Al Wathba Wetland Reserve and Abu Dhabi Fossil Dunes
Ideal for an outdoor shoot, Al Wathba Wetland Reserve and Abu Dhabi Fossil Dunes are known for their sand flats, fossilised dunes and a large variety of birds, aquatic species, plants and dragonflies.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jebel Hafit – the UAE’s second-highest peak - is an ideal driving and hiking spot. This picturesque location is also ideal for photographing landscapes.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
A built archipelago in the Arabian Sea, the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum exquisitely designed to incorporate nature and architecture. The building is so mesmerising it will leave you gasping.
The lavish Emirates Palace hotel outshines everything else in the vicinity with its grandeur and luxury. The plush building spreads over a kilometre and is embellished with gold, mother of pearl and crystal.