There’s so much to do and see in Abu Dhabi and with many more places now reopened, Yalla rounds up some of the best. Yalla let’s go.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Visit this incredible and unforgettable structure and rediscover the 82 domes, the largest of which sits presides over the main prayer hall. Stand in reverence and absorb the sheer scale of the design elements that include pure white marble cladding, onion shaped ‘crowns’ and crescent shaped finials decorated with gold-glass mosaic. And marvel at the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet that is located in the main prayer hall. Online booking is obligatory. To obtain your day pass, visit.szgmc.gov.ae
Qasr Al Watan
Explore this rather splendid Palace’s different zones. Discover the principles that have propelled traditional Arabian design to remarkable status, and gain a rare insight into Emirati governance and culture through the Palace’s exhibits. Explore the extensive selection of timeless books and manuscripts at the House of Knowledge and Qasr Al Watan Library. Step into the Great Hall and appreciate the region’s architectural and artistic legacy. To find out more, visit qasralwatan.ae
Qasr Al Hosn
A vibrant homage to the nation’s past, you get to experience history in real time in the city’s oldest stone structure. Transformed into a museum in 2018, Qasr Al Hosn encapsulates the development of Abu Dhabi from a settlement reliant on fishing and pearling in the 18th century to the global metropolis it is today. To find out more visit, go to qasralhosn.ae
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Step inside the world of art and rediscover what this museum represents – the dynamic nature of the contemporary Arab world while celebrating the region’s vibrant multicultural heritage. Human creativity is laid bare and reminds us what unites us. Under one roof cultures are brought together, reflecting the very ethos of Abu Dhabi itself. Pre-booked tickets are a must. Find out what’s on by visiting louvreabudhabi.ae
A unique cultural attraction celebrating the life, legacy and values of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, known as the Father of the Nation. The opening of the Founder’s Memorial coincided with 2018 being named the Year of Zayed; the cultural landmark must be added to your Abu Dhabi itinerary when touring this great city.
For more information and opening times, visit, thefoundersmemorial.ae
Images supplied by the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi