Port Zayed (for Abu Dhabi) Cruises, United Arab Emirates
- Make a beeline for The Corniche, an eight-kilometre-long promenade, which ticks off play areas, cafés and a Blue Flag beach. The whole route is perfectly-manicured with palms and artistically-shaped topiary. There’s even a separate cycle path, so it’s a great spot for a scenic ride.
- The mammoth Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque came second to Angkor Wat in TripAdvisor’s 2017 list of the World’s Top 25 Landmarks. Its ornate, marble-clad rooms can hold 40,000 worshippers.
- For a taste of life in the desert, head out to Liwa Oasis for the day. It’s home to a huge rolling sand dune, making it the place for dune-buggy rides, sand-surfing and camel treks.
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You’ll get an insight into Abu Dhabi’s history and culture during this half-day tour. It starts with a visit to the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Big enough for 40,000 worshippers, it’s the largest in the UAE. Four 350-foot minarets and 82 white marble domes tower above it. For the tour, ladies must wear loose clothes that cover their head and body – you can leave your hands and face exposed. Afterwards you'll head to Al Bateen District where you will find the Heritage Village and Marina Mall. Plus, you'll find the tallest flagpole in UAE here. On the way back to the port, there’ll be a photo stop at the Emirates Palace, a five-star hotel and one of the most extravagant buildings in the world.
This trip ticks off some of Abu Dhabi’s grandest and most historic landmarks, with a couple of new bits thrown in, too. Things get started for a photo stop at the snowy-white Sheikh Zayed Mosque. To give you a taste of its size, it was built using 100,000 tonnes of marble, and has space for up to 40,000 people. Next, you’ll drive through some of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods on your way to the Emirates Palace. You won’t be checking in at this luxury beachfront hotel, but the red-hued walls and neatly-clipped gardens make it well worth a photo stop. Once you’ve grabbed a few snaps, it’s back on the bus for a scenic drive along the Corniche – a waterside road which curves around the skyscraper-backed bay. You’ll get the chance to grab a few more holiday shots of Al Marina, an islet connected to the city by a narrow causeway, then it’s back to Port Zayed to board the ship.
Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World is the largest indoor theme park on the planet. It’s packed with more than 20 rides and attractions that tell the story of Ferrari, all underneath a roof shaped like the classic double-curve body shell of one of their cars. The star of the show is the Formula Rossa rollercoaster. Reaching speeds of 150 miles per hour, it’s the world’s fastest. It’s designed to provide the same g-force that a Formula One driver would get as they whizz around a track and even bursts through the roof into the desert sun at one point. For the more fainthearted, there are attractions like the 4D Speed of Magic, where you can go on a car chase through the desert from the comfort of a sofa.