A Postcard From Abu Dhabi: 48 Hours In The UAE's Capital

Following the exhilarating spectacle that is the F1 weekend, we round up some of our other favourite things to see and do in Abu Dhabi

For an art fix...

Pritzker prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi is, of course, a must-visit on Saadiyat Island. The exterior alone is worth the trip. Peruse works by Da Vinci, Gauguin and Mondrian alongside other jaw-dropping artworks, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance - all with a truly awe-inspiring backdrop.

A Postcard From Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

For a little adventure...

Pile into an open-top jeep at sunrise and head to Sir Bani Yas Island, just off the coast of the Emirate. Home to an Arabian wildlife park populated by giraffes, gazelles, Arabian oryx, sea turtles and even cheetahs, the island plays an essential role in protecting a number of endangered species.

A Postcard From Abu Dhabi

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For some R&R...

Get away from it all in the largest desert on the planet. Feel serene walking along jaw-dropping, rainbow-striped dunes that undulate across border from the UAE into Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman. If you’re looking for a slightly more riveting desert experience however, dune-bashing, camel-trekking and falconry displays are a must.

For a beach day...

The city is made up of several hundred islands with 400km of coastline. Some of the finest beaches are in fact right on the city's doorstep. The best public options can be found at the Corniche or Saadiyat. Or if you’re feeling glamourous, opt for the 32-villa private island hotel of Zaya Nurai Island or the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas for a private beach experience with wow-factor.

A Postcard From Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

For a glamorous evening...

The landmark Emirates Palace Hotel brings a whole new meaning to the word ‘palatial’. Stretching over a whole kilometre with over a hundred domes and upwards of a thousand crystal chandeliers, the walls are decorated with gold, marble and pearl. What’s more, the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, Hakkasan provides the most decadent of dining experiences.

For a dose of culture...

Visit one of the world’s largest mosques. Even on sweltering summer days, the white marble floors are a cool relief underfoot at Abu Dhabi's breath-taking Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, the final resting place of the nation's great founder Sheikh Zayed. With over a thousand columns and the largest carpet in existence weighing 35 tonnes, this sensational monument looks particularly beautiful at sunset.

A Postcard From Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism

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