Readers’ choice in Abu Dhabi
For those of you who like to read reviews and pick the brains of other travellers, a little visit to TripAdvisor almost always features on your list of ‘to dos’ before you embark on your holiday. And with Abu Dhabi’s magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque recently featuring as the World’s Second Favourite Landmark, according to TripAdvisor reviewers, we thought we’d share a few more gems from your TripAdvisor friends. Here are their Top 6 Abu Dhabi attractions:
One and only
There’s no doubt as to why the striking Alabaster-clad Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with its 82 white marble domes, 5 627-square metre hand-woven Persian carpet and Swarovski crystal chandelier, features on top of Trip Advisor reviewers’ lists. With reviews such as “Overwhelming. Don’t miss it!” and “One of the must-see places in the world”, the Grand Mosque stands its ground as the top attraction in Abu Dhabi. Travellers are particularly amazed by its mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stone, floral artwork, grandeur and the free guided tour.
Second in command
Coming in close second, Emirates Palace charms TripAdvisor reviewers with its golden décor, layout and professional staff. Reviews such as “Awesome place, with amazing decor” and “A must visit” make their way to the top of the list. The haunt of the rich, famous and fabulous, Emirates Palace stands impressively against the azure blue Arabian Gulf with its 114 domes and gold, mother of pearl and Swarovski crystal interiors and is well worth a visit, even if you’re not staying as a guest. Call ahead to book a free hour-long tour of the hotel or pop in for a gold-leaf cappuccino and a slice of Palace Cake.
Third time lucky
Sliding in, in third place, is the Yas Marina Circuit, located in a beautiful setting next to the Yas Hotel and the Marina. Reviewers are particularly thrilled by the live F1 races and also enjoy cycling and walking alongside the track on Tuesdays and Sundays. Visitors can enjoy a range of driving experiences, from Aston Martins and Mercedes to Camaros and Go Karts. Learn how to drift, improve your driving skills and saddle up for the ride of your life. “Great place to visit” and “Great F1 venue” are just some of the excellent reviews popping up on TripAdvisor.
If you have a soft spot for animals and especially birds, you should definitely put the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital on your to-do list. It is rated as the fourth most popular attraction to visit in Abu Dhabi according to reviewers on TripAdvisor. Spread your wings and begin with a brief orientation about the falcon, which is revered in and a symbol of the UAE. Emiratis visit the hospital every day bringing in their beloved birds for all manner of treatments. The hospital does life procedures which visitors get to witness. Reviews like “Fantastic place” and “Very interesting tour” are some of the latest entries.
For a fun day out with the family, Yas Waterworld is not to be missed. Rated as the fifth most popular attraction in Abu Dhabi according to reviewers on TripAdvisor, Yas Waterworld features 45 rides including the Middle East’s longest suspended rollercoaster, a surfing experience and a full range of loops, humps and drops that will appeal to kids and adults alike. Visitors to the waterpark enjoy the great variety in rides as well as the professional and helpful lifeguards on duty. Reviews like “Best waterpark” and “Fantastic place” feature prominently.
Six and out
Admire a 360 degree view of Abu Dhabi city while enjoying some snacks and drinks from the Observation Deck at 300. Located on the 74th floor of the Etihad Towers, a five-tower complex, Observation Deck at 300 provides panoramic city and Arabian Gulf views and is rated as the sixth most popular attraction to visit in Abu Dhabi. Of course, visitors just love the stunning views over Abu Dhabi’s splendid skyline as well as the high tea and the ride up to the 74th floor in the semi-precious stone clad elevators.