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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore the rich past, vibrant present, and thrilling future of Abu Dhabi on a tour of the largest emirate in the UAE. See key sights like the Corniche and Marina Mall, as well as the Grand Mosque and Al Watan Palace. After pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Persian Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi while listening to stories about one of the world’s richest cities. Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most popular landmarks of Abu Dhabi. Admire the mosque’s white marble structure that consists of 82 domes, chandeliers, and flower-patterned designs. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Admire the harbor's clean water as you continue to the opulent Emirates Palace, the official hotel of Abu Dhabi’s ruling government. Then, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. The next stop will be at the Marina Mall, where you can take a lunch break (at your own expense) and dine at the mall's restaurants or enjoy the food court options. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan palace housed in the presidential palace compound of the UAE. Notice the architectural features, artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Then enjoy the drive back to Dubai, where you will be dropped off.

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Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Half-Day Tour from Dubai

2. Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque Half-Day Tour from Dubai

Depart Dubai and journey to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi by modern air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort on the 90-minute drive with your professional guide. On arrival, marvel at the 8th largest mosque in the world. Spread over 30 acres, the magnificent structure took more than a decade to build and now stands as a showcase for the United Arab Emirate’s Islamic cultural heritage. Roam around the site that can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers at any one time. Marvel at priceless features, such as the huge Swarovski crystal chandeliers, floral mosaics, and artifacts of gold, silver, and marble. Be amazed by the gigantic carpet in the main prayer hall. Measuring 60,570 square feet and weighing 35 tons, the carpet was made in Iran and is the result of the toil of thousands of carpet weavers over 2 years. Take stunning memorable photos of the complex and its awe-inspiring architecture, and get a better appreciation of the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the UAE and the mastermind behind the mosque. Depart Abu Dhabi and journey back to Dubai for a drop-off at your hotel or designated location.

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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

3. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Trip with Louvre & Mosque

Enjoy a two-in-one day trip to two UAE essentials. Marvel at architectural and artistic wonders new and old on this inclusive excursion from Dubai. After pickup, sit back and enjoy the journey to the Mosque. On arrival, admire its shining exterior surface of white Greek and Macedonian tiles. Step inside and see the world’s largest hand-woven carpet, large crystal chandeliers, and glass panels studded with thousands of Swarovski crystals. Next, visit the Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island. The largest museum in the Gulf region, enjoy displays of both classic and modern works of cultural and sociological significance from all over the world. Admire pieces from French museums such as the Louvre, Pompidou Center, and Musee d’Orsay. Linger at the Children’s Museum, relax for a bite to eat in the cafe, or browse in the boutique. After the tour, enjoy the drive back to your hotel in Dubai.

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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

4. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

Immerse yourself in Abu Dhabi on a day trip from Dubai. Experience breathtaking buildings and views with visits to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Qasr Al Watan palace, and Emirates Palace. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Dubai. Relax during the scenic 90-minute journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE. Enter the mosque and be spellbound by its breathtaking interior – a symphony of marble, gold, crystals, and ceramics. Stop for lunch at the Marina Mall. Enjoy a delicious meal at your own expense at one of the mall’s restaurants or food courts. Afterward, head to the city’s luxurious hotel, Emirates Palace. Blending Arabic elements with modern technologies, this hotel offers the finest hospitality with an authentic local feel. Explore the Qasr Al Watan, or the “Palace of the Nation.” This splendid palace offers insight into Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the UAE. Explore the palace’s fascinating exhibits and marvel at its exquisite craftsmanship. Afterward, return to your accommodations in Dubai.

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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour with Royal Palace & Etihad Towers

5. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour with Royal Palace & Etihad Towers

Following a pick-up from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi, listening to the fascinating stories about one of the richest cities in the world along the way. Your first stop is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque - an incredible mosque exemplifying the beauty of Islamic architectural brilliance. Spend about 1.5 hours in the mosque with your live guide.   Afterward, stop at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and take a stroll with scenic views of the Arabian Gulf. You will also see the Emirates Palace. Take snaps for your photo collection with these wonderful structures as the backdrop. Your next stop will be at the Marina Mall, where you can have your lunch from Carrefour or Food court ( closed during Ramadan) or The full Corniche view restaurant (at your own expense. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan Palace housed in the Presidential Palace compound of UAE. Notice the architectural features, historical artifacts and other historical treasures of the palace. Then relax on the return journey to Dubai.

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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

6. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

Discover the highlights of Abu Dhabi and enjoy a visit to the unique Ferrari World theme park. See the Heritage Village, and ride the Formula Rossa rollercoaster on this day trip from Dubai. Begin your tour with a visit to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, where you can admire the wonderful architecture that defines the beauty of Islamic art. Continue on to the Emirates Palace, an inspiring hotel in the city with 114 magnificent domes and fantastic suites decorated with gold and marble. You will then visit the Heritage Village, where you can learn more about the life of the Bedouins. Afterward you can enjoy the views of Abu Dhabi’s impressive skyline as you drive on to Al Corniche. The second half of your day trip takes you to the largest indoor theme park in the world – the Ferrari World. Experience the breathtaking rush of speed on the Formula Rossa rollercoaster and test your driving skills on one of the many simulators. Experience the different performances, marvel at the impressive dance and acrobatic shows, or enjoy go-karting.

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Abu Dhabi: Full-Day Tour From Dubai with Optional Lunch

7. Abu Dhabi: Full-Day Tour From Dubai with Optional Lunch

The first stop on this 9-hour tour is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. The exquisite structure is clad in white marble and features intricate Islamic carvings. Continue on to Yas Island and see Ferrari World before stopping at the Yas Mall and enjoy lunch. Drive through the Saadiyat Island project, where the Louvre and Guggenheim museums are being built. Visit local markets and drive along the Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, the Emirates Palace and elegant high-rise apartments. Stop at the Heritage Village, which depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.

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Abu Dhabi 4-Hour Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

8. Abu Dhabi 4-Hour Morning Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Get ready for a 4-hour desert safari starting with an early morning pick-up at your hotel. A 45-minute drive takes you to the heart of the desert outside Abu Dhabi. Explore the desert in a 4x4 Land Cruiser, bashing the huge dunes. The fun continues with a chance to try out sandboarding. Follow the instructions and glide over the dunes as you see how simple it really is. During the safari there will be plenty of opportunity to pose for some photos in the desert. Your friendly driver will help you with that. This special morning safari concludes with a short camel ride before the transfer back to the pick-up point.

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Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

9. Abu Dhabi: Desert Safari with BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding

After pickup in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, you’ll enjoy a comfortable ride to the desert. Once there, visit a camel farm to get up close to these animals who are well adjusted to desert life. Next, take part in an exhilarating dune bashing experience. Feel your stomach jump as the vehicle heads up and down the steep sand dunes. Then, try your hand at sandboarding by sliding down the dunes on a board. Arrive at the Bedouin desert camp to enjoy a warm welcome of traditional Arabic coffee and dates. Then, walk up a dune to take pictures as the desert changes color as the sun sets on the horizon. At the camp, dive into the local customs and culture of the Arabian peninsula. Enjoy cultural activities such as henna painting, shisha smoking and camel rides. Then, try on traditional Arabian costumes and take pictures with a falcon. Watch captivating performances of Tanoura dancing and belly dancing, before tucking into a barbecue dinner. Finally, the lights of the camp will be switched off. Sit back and admire the star-lit sky for a peaceful moment of contemplation before returning to the bright city lights of Abu Dhabi.

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Abu Dhabi Full-Day Tour from Dubai - Spanish-Speaking Guide

10. Abu Dhabi Full-Day Tour from Dubai - Spanish-Speaking Guide

Explore Abu Dhabi on a Spanish language guided tour. Departing from Dubai, drive along the Gulf coast to the capital of the UAE, full of 5-star hotels and high-class attractions. Pass the Jebel Ali Free Zone en route to admire the largest artificial harbor in the world. Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, you will visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque. Next, make a panoramic stop at the Al Nahyan Palace, before continuing to Heritage Village. Along the way, pass Union Square to see symbols of Arab culture, and stop for a buffet lunch. Continue with beautiful views of Corniche Island, and see the artificial island developments of Lulu and Saadiyat. Before leaving the city, drive by the Emirates Palace Hotel, the most expensive hotel construction in the world, and stop at the Ferrari World theme park to snap pictures of its iconic F1 racing-car shaped main building.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,455 reviews

100% worth it. It was a magnificent experience and our guide, Shan went the extra mile and answered all of our questions not just related to the landmarks that we saw, but also about the local culture and gave us some very cool suggestions on the places that we could further visit. Hats off to him he’s a brilliant guide. I recommend everyone to have this experience!

Excellent day rich in discovery and beauty. Architectural wealth and luxury for the kasr el Satan mosque. The tours ... Excellent Hasseeb guide, very outgoing and professional.

I really enjoyed this trip. It was a great way to see the highlights in Abu Dhabi. The guide was really great (I really appreciated his patience taking pictures of all of us).

Great tour highly recommended. Abu Dabhi Different from Dubai. Also gigantic mosque and presidential palace

Loved it all... grand mosque, observation deck and the palace