Located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf and overlooking its own private natural bay, Emirates Palace is one of the most iconic landmarks of Abu Dhabi. Surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, the palace boasts 302 superior rooms and 92 magnificent suites, each of which combines ultimate luxury with views of either the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf or Abu Dhabi’s modern skyline. Each room comes with personal butler service, allowing guests to experience the level of service one would expect from a stay at a palace.
Emirates Palace features 14 food and beverage outlets, where cuisine from all cultures meet and come together to create a blend of exotic flavours. Whatever one’s preferences, guests will find a variety of restaurants and lounges offering an extensive choice of authentic cuisine and alfresco dining along the poolside on the East and West wings (Cascades and Las Brisas). The hotel’s restaurant offerings include a European and international buffet at Le Vendome, fine Italian cuisine at Mezzaluna, elegant seafood at Sayad, contemporary Chinese cuisine at Hakkasan, an al fresco beach grill experience at BBQ Al Qasr, Lebanese specialties at Mawal and local Emirati cuisine at Mezlai. For afternoon tea or a late drink, diners can enjoy one of the Emirates Palace’s lounges (Le Café, Caviar Bar, Havana Club and Etoiles).
With two swimming pools, tennis courts, water sports and a kids club, the Emirates Palace is the ideal hotel for sports and leisure activities. The luxurious Emirates Palace Spa offers treatments, massages or facials and aims to foster a sense of balance and serenity while delivering heightened overall wellbeing. Its marina, which is one of the most prestigious in the region, offers 167 berthing spaces.
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Abu Dhabi Corniche
The Corniche Road spreads across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach - a lifeguarded beach park.
The Corniche Beach is a lengthy stretch of beach that extends along Corniche Road. During the week you can usually find a beach umbrella, but during the weekend they may all go quickly. You can’t swim out very far; floating fences keep you within 40 metres of the beach, and there are plenty of lifeguards around.
Abu Dhabi’s pristine Corniche beachfront has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status - the internationally renowned eco-label for beaches and marinas that guarantees clean and safe bathing water.
Some 30,000 to 50,000 visitors flock to the Corniche every month, enjoying three separate sections for families, singles and the general public. There are more than 1,100 free parking spaces with a five minute walk of the beach, which charges AED 10 (US $2.7) entry to the family and singles sections. Entry to the public beach is free.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque's first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
Visitors’ Tip: Why not finish sight-seeing or shopping for the day and take the 5pm ‘Sunset Tour’? Get to the mosque around 4:30pm – a wonderful time to take photos – to wind down and chill out for 20 minutes in the lovely, afternoon breeze before the tour.
Opening hours: Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. The opening hours are 9am to 10pm (last entry at 9.30 pm) – Saturday to Thursday and 4.30pm to 10pm on Fridays. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Close to Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s largest, and most advanced, falcon hospital. Its highlight is a falcon display museum as well as a facility with free-flying falcons.
Guided tours of this award-winning specialist hospital are available. You can visit the luxurious wards where the birds are kept, explore the museum, which gives an insight into the noble desert sport of falconry, or try your hand at the pursuit in the lush gardens.
Tour Timings: Sunday to Thursday,10am & 2pm (Except weekends and public holidays).
Location: near Abu Dhabi International Airport
Telephone: +971 2 575 5155
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
It’s fast and furious fun for all ages at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. The park tells the Ferrari story with passion and excitement through more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, interactive shopping and authentic Italian dining experiences.
Beneath its huge, iconic red roof, attractions include: Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 240 kmph; Galleria Ferrari, the world’s largest Ferrari gallery outside Maranello with an interactive display of cars from 1947 through to the present; Speed of Magic, a fantastic 4-D adventure through deep green jungles, icy caves and ravines and to the mouth of a fiery volcano.
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 8 pm
Location: Yas Island
For a full day experience, this futuristic Yas Island waterpark spans an area of around 15 football pitches, with 43 rides, slides & attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind.
Yas Waterworld visitors will be able to try the 238-metre long, world’s first, and largest hydromagnetic-powered, six-person tornado waterslide. For adrenaline seekers there are three-metre high waves on Bubble’s Barrel, which has the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flowboards and bodyboards. The Bandit Bomber, a 550–metre coaster, is the first with onboard water and laser effects. Riders can shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects, while people below can spray them with water as they pass.
Sitting atop Jebel Dana, the towering core of the park’s altitude-defying summit and measuring eight metres in diameter, the park’s gigantic pearl is Yas Island’s newest landmark. The park draws on Abu Dhabi’s heritage and has ‘The Lost Pearl’ as its theme. Visitors follow the story of a young Emirati girl on a quest to find a legendary pearl as they make their way around the attractions, which include a souk and pearl-diving exhibits.
Opening hours: Daily from 10am until 6pm (winter months) and from 10am until 8pm (summer months)
Location: Yas Island