Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world and named after the late president, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Learn more about the unique heritage of the UAE at the Heritage Village. The traditional Bedouin way of life has been reconstructed in the form of displays, photographs and handicrafts. See how modernisation has replaced traditions in Abu Dhabi.
Tuesday & SaturdayDuration
4 hoursStart time
Start time: 0830h (08:30am). Hotel pick-up starts at 0800h (08:00am), depending on your hotel location
Duration: 4 hours
Your hotel in Abu Dhabi. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)Ending Point
Your hotel in Abu Dhabi
You will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach/ private vehicle from your hotel in Abu Dhabi and taken on a tour of the highlights of the city. A guide (English or German-speaking) will accompany you on this tour. You can choose between coach tour or private tour.
You will visit the following sites:
• Your first stop will be the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. One of the most recognisable landmarks in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a remarkable symbol of Islamic architecture with pristine white domes and minarets. The Mosque features 82 domes all decorated with white marble and 1,000 marble columns each inlaid with semi-precious stones. The prayer halls are bedecked with Italian white marble inlaid with floral designs and the Mosque’s interior walls have decorative gold-glass mosaics. It is one of the only two mosques in the UAE open to non-Muslims. You will spend an hour exploring the mosque.
• Next, you will drive through the Union Square, which is also known as Cannon Square. It displays the heritage of Abu Dhabi through various sculptural objects.
• From Union Square, you will proceed to the recently renovated Corniche (an 8-kilometres long boulevard) which is the city's showpiece, with its beachfront location, paved walkways and lush greenery. From there, a road leads to the breakwater, an area of reclaimed land off the main Abu Dhabi Island. Featuring a luxury shopping mall, water sports club and Heritage Village, this area has a number of Arabic cafes and restaurants along the waterfront.
• Head towards the Heritage Village on the breakwater for a taste of life before the discovery of oil. The display offers an insight into Bedouin life, as well as medieval houses, wind towers and the ancient irrigation systems used in the region's oases.
• Your last stop will be at Marina Mall. One of the most popular malls in Abu Dhabi, it is a beautifully designed mall situated amidst tented courtyards and fountains. The mall houses about 270 stores, from high street to high-end fashion. If not shopping, you can enjoy the view of the high rising buildings lining up the Corniche Road.
After enjoying the sights of Abu Dhabi, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi in the afternoon.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
There is no pick up from Danat Beach Resort, Liwa and Al Mafraq hotelsa nd other properties outside of city limits.
A fax confirming the pick-up time will be faxed 24 hours in advance.
Well organised tour, pick up on time visited The Mosque very spectacular, the marina, shopping centre and the heritage village. Tour guide was very informative. I would definetly...Mr G R Cook, United Kingdom, 06/Nov/2011
The tour differed from that advertised as it covered The Grand Mosque, The Sheik Zayed Museum (closed due to the sad death of the ruler of RAK), The Heritage Village, a quick...Biba Husak, United Kingdom, 05/Nov/2010