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How to Spend 1 Day in Abu Dhabi

How to Spend 1 Day in Abu Dhabi

With some clever planning, one day in Abu Dhabi provides enough time to dip your toes into the city’s top attractions: from admiring its incredible architecture to experiencing the thrills of its leisure attractions, plus the beauty of its desert and Gulf-side setting. Here are some ways to pack the best of the city into a single day.

Morning: Top Sights Round-Up

Mornings are ideal for sightseeing to avoid the extremes of the UAE’s heat. For an easy overview, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour, sitting on the open-air upper deck or the air-conditioned interior. Check out the palm-lined Corniche, Emirates Palace, and other sights, and disembark to explore further at any of the route’s 24 stops. Or go for a more traditional coach excursion with visits to the dazzling Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Heritage Village to discover the city’s Bedouin roots. Alternatively, focus on Abu Dhabi’s modern architecture, with a panoramic drive around its innovative skyscrapers and ecofriendly Masdar City.

Afternoon: Cars, Chutes, or Culture

Abu Dhabi is big on action-packed entertainment, and the afternoons are perfect for enjoying them. Make tracks for Ferrari World, the world’s biggest indoor theme park, to experience the planet’s fastest roller coaster and other thrilling rides. For mellower fun, cool off at the family-friendly water slides and pools of Yas Waterworld, or take a thrilling spin around the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit in a 3000cc race car. For something even more leisurely, head for the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This beautiful contemporary museum showcases important Western and Eastern art under a spectacular, sunlight-filtering dome.

Night: Desert Trips or Cruise Ships

Saving Abu Dhabi’s desert until the evening lets you enjoy it at its most magical. Join a desert tour that includes dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding before a barbecue dinner and live shows at a Bedouin-style camp. Or up the romance with a candlelit dinner for two at a luxe retreat in the dunes. You may prefer a more mellow sunset boat ride around Abu Dhabi’s mangroves, watching for gazelles and birds in the golden light. Other options include Arabian dhow (traditional sailing boat) dinner cruises along the city’s creeks—perfect for admiring the floodlit skyline. 

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Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Abu Dhabi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Get to know Abu Dhabi at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 5-day hop-on hop-off bus ticket, board the open-top double-decker bus and set your own sightseeing itinerary. Enjoy panoramic views of the palm-lined Corniche, listen to the onboard commentary, enjoy some fun included extras with longer duration tickets, and hop on and off at any of the stops to visit must-sees such as Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Heritage Village.
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  • 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.00
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Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village & Dates Market

Abu Dhabi Sightseeing Tour: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village & Dates Market

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Explore top attractions in the UAE’s capital on this half-day Abu Dhabi sightseeing tour. Travel through Abu Dhabi by air-conditioned coach as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich culture and heritage. Marvel at the soaring domes and minarets of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Mingle with the locals in the bustling souks, where everything from gold jewelry to fresh dates has a price to barter on. Then, travel past the corniche’s pristine gardens and beaches to the Heritage Village, where the Abu Dhabi of old is brought to life.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.00
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Formula Yas 3000

Formula Yas 3000

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If you feel the need for speed, satisfy your itch with a Formula racing experience in Abu Dhabi. During this session at Yas Central, you'll have the chance to drive in a 3000cc V6 race car around a racetrack. A safety briefing is provided. Select your preferred time when booking.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$300.00
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Abu Dhabi Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours

Abu Dhabi Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours

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See the skyscrapers and sights of Abu Dhabi from a brilliant yellow RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) on this 60- or 90-minute cruise. With a skipper at the wheel, hold tight and enjoy the sea spray as your boat bounces across the waters of the Arabian Gulf along Abu Dhabi’s shores. Stop for photos of the high-rises along the palm-lined Corniche; zip by Lulu Island, the Heritage Village, and spectacular Emirates Palace hotel; and watch for pods of dolphins in the sea as you listen to the commentary on board.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.88
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