The UAE has seen a significant transformation in its landscape with full-throttle development, towering high-rises, world-class beach resorts, and much more. The UAE is one of the hotspots for tourists from different parts of the globe for a wonderful holiday and city break. There are several landmarks in the UAE that are instrumental in labeling it as a luxury destination.
If you look carefully, there is much more than just skyscrapers, loads of shopping, and sandy shores. There are plenty of destinations in the UAE that offer cultural fans several things to do. Explore the country’s glorious Bedouin past in the beautiful desert nights or visit the forts that have at one time been the guarded coastline before being dominated by the glitzy and glamorous high-rises. We have listed some of the things to know about UAE when you visit this fabulous holiday destination.
A famous building in the UAE that is the soaring sky-high landmark of Dubai. On records, it is the world’s tallest building, apart from holding the record of the tallest freestanding structure in the world, the highest observation deck in the world, and the longest distance traveled in an elevator in the world. Greet the clouds as you browse through the observation deck on the 124th floor. One of the best things to indulge in when you visit Dubai.
A gigantic modern mosque crafted with modern technology and ancient craftsmanship using a fusion of contemporary and modern design. Lavish interiors were created using gold, mosaic tiles, and plenty of glassworks. The exteriors are quite contrasting to its interiors and comprise of loads of white stone that shines under the blue Emirati sky. Somehow it has never lost its sheen, charm, and elegance all these years. An attraction that never fails to surprise you each time you visit here. This marvelous interpretation of the Islamic architecture is one of the attractions in Abu Dhabi that you should never skip.
The Hajar Mountains slices through the heart of the great Arabic desert giving rise to an indented and wild heart of the UAE. A drive through the twisting roller-coaster roads would also offer you an opportunity to witness spectacular scenery all along the way. These roads link the tiny villages in the region making it as a road trip to heaven. For the adventure and nature lovers, there are plenty of trekking, hiking, and bird watching opportunities to explore along with picturesque wadis that will leave you in awe at the very sight of it. This natural attraction is featuring in every city sightseeing in Abu Dhabi.
Set on the Abu Dhabi coast, the Saadiyat Cultural District is on the way to becoming the cultural heartbeat of the UAE. With world-class attractions like the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi all set to add to its exquisite collection of attractions in the district inevitably turn into a cultural and artistic hub of the UAE. For the time being, you can feast on the beautiful art exhibitions at the Manarat al Saadiyat and the neighboring UAE Pavilion. Explore the art galleries and the exploration galleries and then feast on a delightful meal at the restaurants. You can also indulge in a game of golf at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club that has been designed by Gary Player or simply laze around at the two beach resorts.
The summit of Jebel Hafeet is a photographer’s paradise and a popular natural attraction in the UAE. This second highest peak in UAE goes well beyond the desert parameters as you travel through the winding road to the top. The view from the upper part of the summit is staggering and worth every bit for moving so far. Straddling between the borders of the UAE and Oman, this peak rises 4,068 feet above the desert landscape.
The last remaining fragment of Old Dubai still standing firm gives you a sneak peak of the reminiscent past of Dubai before the skyscrapers took over. Narrow lanes, beautifully preserved buildings with wind-tower features and traditional Arabian architecture decorate the streets. There are plenty of museums housed in the Bastakia Quarter. If you wish to wind away from the glitz and glamour of the Dubai city, then this is the place to be. It still carries the charm and elegance that you can associate with a historic site.
Set in the heart of the great Arabian Desert in an air-conditioned 4×4 rough terrain vehicle exploring the wildlife and the natural habitat and lifestyle of the desert. You can indulge in several adventurous activities such as the dune bashing, sand boarding, hiking, quad-biking, camel treks, and much more. If that was not all, then a delightful yummy Arabian dinner awaits you at the camp greeted by gorgeous belly dancers. Don’t miss out on this journey of a lifetime.
A different view of Abu Dhabi witnessed in the Mangrove Kayaking tour. These beautiful mangrove forests surround the Abu Dhabi city. A kayaking tour takes you through the forests, and there are varying levels based on expertise and experience. Eco-tours are conducted to brief the tourists and visitors about the ecology of the mangroves and explore the last remaining city forests. For the best experience, indulge in a night tour for gliding through the water post sunset.
This branded theme park brings the fun of speed and racing to the people of Abu Dhabi. The first theme park dedicated to the Italian motor giant, the Ferrari. There are plenty of rides and fantastic entertainment across all age groups. From testing your driving skills to driving the fastest roller coaster in the world to checking out the antique Ferrari collection to shopping souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones, you got it all to have a great time here.
The Observation Deck at 300
The Observation Deck at 300 is Abu Dhabi’s response to the Burj Khalifa. The observation deck at 300 is the highest point in the city offering staggering views of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the Emirates Palace, and much more. All non-guests of the hotel have to pay an entry fee. You can redeem the ticket price for food and drinks at the restaurants that serve light snack and quick bites, non-alcoholic beverages, high-tea, and much more.
Akshay Koranne is a travel blogger who works for Tours in Abu Dhabi.Com. He likes travelling across the world and sharing the experience through blog and articles. Apart from blogging and travelling he likes playing cricket and chess as well.