What to do in Abu Dhabi?
Abu Dhabi is a destination where you can do almost anything and everything. The emirate boasts plenty of exciting attractions, high-paced activities and luxurious wellness facilities, so whether you want to have the ultimate adrenalin rush or simply relax and soak up the luxury lifestyle you'll have everything you need to enjoy your time here.
There are also some outstanding sights to see, from the towering skyscrapers that dominate Abu Dhabi's skyline to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque that is beautiful and peaceful in equal measure.
Within the city itself you can take advantage of the unrivalled shopping opportunities, while on the coast or in one of Abu Dhabi's islands you can have a go at a wide variety of sports. The hardest thing to do on a holiday in Abu Dhabi is deciding what you want to fit in during your stay.
Exhilarating activities in Abu Dhabi
For a real adrenalin rush you can't beat a visit to the Yas Marina Circuit - one of the world's most advanced motorsports venues. It's possible to drive around the track yourself or go on a behind the scenes tour. Speed lovers should also plan a day at the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park which boasts, among many other attractions, the fastest rollercoaster on the planet.
One of the best ways to get around in Abu Dhabi is by bike, so hop on two wheels and cycle your way around the city's main attractions. Alternatively, go horseback riding along the beach and soak up some of the coastal scenery.
If you want to cool off from Abu Dhabi's heat, head to the beach and have a go at one of the many water sports on offer. These range from sailing and kayaking to scuba diving and jet skiing, so there's bound to be something that grabs your attention.
Another popular activity is golf and there are several world-class courses in the emirate. Among them are three championship clubs - Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Abu Dhabi Golf Club. With guaranteed good weather, there's no better place to fit in a round on the greens.
Relaxation in Abu Dhabi
Not everything in Abu Dhabi has to be about getting active, though, with plenty of outstanding spas and wellness centres where you can really unwind and let go of the stresses and strains of everyday life. Many of these facilities can be found at Abu Dhabi's top hotels, but most also accept bookings from non-guests.
Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or an indulgent body treatment to get you feeling wonderful and ready to enjoy everything Abu Dhabi has to offer.
Another great way to unwind while you're here is to head to one of the local beaches. Corniche Beach is the closest stretch of sand to the city itself, while on the islands you'll find the likes of Yas Beach - a glorious strip of sand on Yas Island - and Saadiyat Beach, which is on the isle of the same name and is a delightfully peaceful place to soak up the sun.
Saadiyat Island has much more to offer than its beach alone, though, with this destination becoming one of Abu Dhabi's cultural hubs thanks to the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum.
Shopping in Abu Dhabi
One of the most popular pastimes in Abu Dhabi is shopping, with the emirate being home to a vast collection of independent boutiques, designer stores, high street names and charming markets. There's something here to suit every kind of shopper no matter what your budget is, making this one of the ultimate places for retail therapy.
In the souks you can pick up real bargains on the likes of gold jewellery and hand-woven carpets. In the huge malls you'll find just about everything - among your options for a shopping extravaganza are the Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall and Fotouh Al Khair Centre. These complexes also have a wide variety of other entertainment venues like cinemas, restaurants and cafes, so you can easily spend an entire day here.
To pick up items from world-famous global labels - and for a truly opulent shopping experience - head to Avenue at Etihad Towers, where you'll find names like Boss Hugo Boss, Givenchy, Bulgari, Hermes, Rolex, Versace and Lanvin all lined up next to one another.
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