Abu Dhabi is a top tourist destination and features some of the most notable buildings, landmarks and other man-made structures in the middle east. Here is a guide to five, must-see attractions worth checking out on your visit to this remarkable city.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Art Museum
Currently in development and expected to open this year, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (http://www.uaeusaunited.com/story/guggenheim-abu-dhabi/) will be a premier attraction to visit while traveling through Abu Dhabi. The museum will include an expansive view of art history emphasizing the local and regional art of the Middle East from the last two centuries. The museum will also contain art from various mediums around the world ranging from the 1960s to present day.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is absolutely exquisite and is considered a landmark building in Abu Dhabi. Adorned with marble, glass, mosaic tile, and intricate carving work, the building is spectacular, taking an astounding 20 years to build. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, holding approximately 40,000 worshippers.
Al-Hosn, sometimes referred to as the Old Fort, is located in the center of Abu Dhabi and is the oldest building in the city. The palace was built in the 1700s by the Al-Nahyan family who was in control during that time. There is a museum inside the palace that holds traditional artifacts and historical photos as well as a display of the history of Abu Dhabi.
Liwa Oasis is one of many stunning attractions, known for its date farming practices and one of the most sprawling sand dunes in the world. You can visit the area to learn more about the Bedouin tribes who live there and cultivate dates. It’s also a great place to try your hand at riding a camel, sand surfing, or taking a spin on a dune buggy.
The Observation Deck at 300 is a great place to relax and take in the views of the incredible skyline of Abu Dhabi. The deck is located on the 74th floor of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel and offers 360 degree views of the city. You can enjoy high tea and other snacks and refreshments while gazing out at the expansive buildings and structures.