CULTURAL & LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN ABU DHABI
Cultural and scientific tours will be organized for the exhibitors, students, teachers and VIP's, in order to explore the extraordinary heritage of UAE and also visit the main attractions of our country.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as one of the popular tourist destinations in the world, offering visitors interesting sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Sightseeing in the UAE includes a visit to ancient archaeological sites, historical landmarks, museums, mosques, traditional houses, as well as artificial islands, sand dunes, beaches and world-class theme parks. Almost all seven emirates have some interesting sightseeing opportunities to offer to visitors.
There is a wide variety of tourist sites and activities in and around Abu Dhabi. We would like to recommend to our guests the following places /activities to visit while in Abu Dhabi:
Louvre Abu Dhabi
A spectacular museum city in the sea, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a sprawling cultural beacon that seeks to harmonize different cultures and celebrates the achievements of artists from all around the globe. The centerpiece of his vision is the signature dome that anchors the entire 'museum city' that has been created, at the point where the desert sand meets the clear, cool waters of the sea. Inspired by the cupola, a constant touchstone in Arabic architecture, Nouvel's design is an intricate metal web of 7850 stars, rendered in various sizes and at different angles over eight different layers. After 10 years of planning, 5 long years of delays, and billions of dollars spent, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, an outpost of the famed Louvre in Paris opened on November 8th, 2017 and is most sought after attraction in Abu Dhabi. Jean Nouvel, a Pritzker Prize-winning French architect designed this archipelago at sea with a seamless blend of French design and Arabian heritage. Touted to be the largest art gallery in the Arabian Peninsula, Louvre showcases art from the Eastern and Western world, promoting cross-cultural integration. This floating dome of light and shade is a really complex geometric pattern of 7,850 stars in eight different layers. When sunlight passes through this dome, it creates an alluring 'rain of light', inspired from the overlapping of palm trees in UAE's oases. Walking through this serene promenade overlooking the lapis lazuli sea beneath this geometric dome is sure to transport you to another world. A stimulating attraction for kids and adults alike, Louvre Abu Dhabi boasts a dazzling collection of artworks, artefacts and loans from France's top museums. The collection here is symbolic of the entirety of human evolution, right from its prehistoric rarities to contemporary pieces of art.
- The UAE Government has paid $464 million to use the word "Louvre" for the art gallery
- Louvre is home over 600 diverse artworks, 300 of which are on loan from France.
- A must-to-see attraction point in Abu Dhabi.
Masdar City is an emerging global clean-technology cluster located in what aims to be one of the world's most sustainable urban developments powered by renewable energy. This special economic zone, located about 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi will eventually be home to companies, researchers, and academics from across the globe, creating an international
hub for companies and organizations focused on renewable energy and clean technologies. It is a city where current and future technologies will be funded, researched, developed, tested and commercialized. The city is anchored by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology – a graduate-level, research-driven institution that is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop and offer courses focused on education and research in advanced energy solutions, sustainable technologies and policy.
Visit Ferrari World
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world's first Ferrari theme park and its largest indoor theme park. More than 20 rides and attractions lie beneath the huge, iconic red roof, including Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 240 kmph. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi delivers the thrill of some of the world's most inventive rides, eye-catching surroundings,
authentic aromas and distinctive sounds of Italy. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is not just a theme park, but an immersive experience that will spark the Ferrari spirit within every guest. The park is a perfect venue for special events offering various spaces that can accommodate small and large groups, whether for personal celebrations or large corporate events.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
This architectural work of art is one the world's largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. The mosque's first event was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site. It features 80 domes, approximately 1000 columns, 24-carat gold-plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand-woven carpet. Unlike other mosques
in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to non-Muslims.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH), is the first public falcon hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Opened on 3rd of October, 1999, as affiliate of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) , it has become the largest falcon hospital in the UAE with a patient influx of more than 42,000 patients in the first eleven years of existence. Moreover, ADFH has highly successfully entered in the field of leisure tourism by continuous and tremendous increases in tourists who have visited and participated in Falcon World Tour year after year. Through its award-winning tourism program, ADFH had proven its importance as one of the major tourist attractions in the Emirate and continuously promoting Abu Dhabi as tourists destination. World Wide known from TV & Media articles, Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has opened its doors in 2007 to visitors to experience the fascinating world of falcons and falconry. The unique tour is a once in a lifetime experience the visitors never forget. It provides with a deep insight into the world of those majestic birds, the history of falconry as well as the life of falcons in modern times.
Saadiyat Island and Manarat Al Saadiyat
Just 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi city, the 27-square kilometer Saadiyat Island is undergoing remarkable transformation to become a world-class leisure, residential, business and cultural hub of global proportions, housing the world's largest single concentration of premier cultural assets. Saadiyat, a natural island, is a multifaceted destination. It is zoned into seven different districts, each featuring diverse offerings. Saadiyat will boast a range of hotels and resorts as well as a number of restaurants and shopping malls. It will also include schools and the New York University-Abu Dhabi campus. Saadiyat will be a relaxed waterfront home for residents; a cultural magnet for art lovers; the home of dazzling architectural icons; a pristine beachfront tourism destination and a focal point for compelling sporting experiences. This purpose-built visitor centre – Manarat Al Saadiyat (which translates from Arabic as 'a place that provides enlightenment') brings the island's vision to life. This exciting artistic venue hosts a dedicated space for touring international cultural and art exhibitions, and has been designed in line with international specifications to house a variety of art pieces. The centre encompasses four major galleries, a central events space, sales centre, 250-seat theatre and a restaurant.
For a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, affectionately known as the 'Father of the Nation', visit the Zayed Centre in Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen district. This museum, housed in an Emirati heritage village replete with camels, is an incredible homage to the man who shaped the nation. A photo gallery of Sheikh Zayed and many visiting regional and international royalty and dignitaries lines the walls of the museum, which is also full of personal memorabilia such as his favourite hunting rifles. Taking centre stage are the late President's cherished vehicles – which he often drove through the city without a bodyguard – and gifts he received from all over the world such as stuffed lions and cheetahs.
Women's Handicraft Centre
This creative initiative is run by the Abu Dhabi Women's Association as a showcase for local art and crafts. The small museum within is the chance to examine and learn about local artists' handiwork. There is also a shop onsite. The round buildings near the museum are workshops where female artists display distinctive Arabian oils, handmade souvenirs, incense, local dress, silver thread work, and weaving.
This off-road Arabian adventure takes you from the city to the desert of golden sand dunes. You will travel to the desert from your pick-up point in a luxury 4WD (Toyota Land Cruiser). Next, the Arabian roller coaster ride known as dune bashing (desert driving) will begin, where you will shriek and laugh with excitement. As the sun descends into the horizon, we stop to allow you to take sunset photographs, while standing on top of the fading desert dunes. We now head to the campsite where a convoy of camels awaits your arrival for short camel rides. After returning, you can purchase some souvenirs before relaxing on a majlis (low cushions) in traditional Bedouin tents. Enjoy an Arabian BBQ (barbeque/barbecue) buffet dinner and dessert beside a blazing bonfire with traditional cups of coffee and dates, underneath the pitch-black night
sky. You can also get more dressed for the occasion by dressing in traditional Bedouin male or female garments, and also have Henna (temporary tatoo) decorate your hands, legs and feet and smoke flavored sheesha (hubbly-bubbly/water pipe). Before we head back, we will be entertained by the dancing of a belly dancer to traditional Arabic music, and you are welcome to joinalignment as the car goes up and down the dunes.
Embrace Arabia Farm - A truly Arabic Experience
The United Arab Emirates, much to the surprise of most visitors, is an agricultural country. Most of the Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula used to live in oases and cultivate date palms and breed livestock for survival. Embrace Arabia Farms allows you to enjoy and taste the true Arabian lifestyle as it was and how it came to be. Just half an hour away from the centre of the city of Abu Dhabi, the farm is a refreshing retreat from hectic city life. With a classic majlis and a nice terrace overlooking the plantation, the farmhouse and its surrounding outdoor venues can be used for meetings, workshops and conferences as well as for recreational gatherings. Local farmers offer true Arabian hospitality and chat about their way of life at the campfire over coffee and refreshments. Visitors are welcome to stay overnight in the family-style house,
enjoying a breakfast prepared from the fresh products of the farm. A local farmer will host you on his Al Ain property, which is spread over one square kilometre and features a huge palm garden, green fields and a traditional farmhouse. Visitors can enjoy the fresh breeze under the palm trees while watching gazelles roam around. The more adventurous can hop on Arabian horses for a ride. Goats, sheep and chickens are also kept as livestock. Farmers will explain how fruits and vegetables are cultivated and explain the traditional irrigation method known as falaj. In the summer, guests can even taste delicious dates fresh from the palm tree and learn about harvesting methods.
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi
Set to be one of the world's largest indoor theme parks when it opens on Yas Island on 25 July 2018, Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi will bring together all your favorite Warner Bros. characters and stories under one roof to offer you an enthralling, captivating day out for all the family. Walk through the iconic Warner Bros. shield and be transported to a whole new world of action, adventure, wackiness and more, in which you can create and enjoy many a memorable moment with family and friends!
Six truly immersive lands - Warner Bros. Plaza, Gotham City, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch - will come together to create an unparalleled fan experience. Expect everyone from Batman to Bugs Bunny, Superman to Scooby-Doo amongst 29 state-of-the-art thrilling rides, a host of interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment. There's also multiple dining options, from grab-and-go to full-service sit-down restaurants and cafes, and a variety of enticing retail offerings from which you can choose your favorite Warner Bros. inspired souvenirs.
Saadiyat Public Beach
Saadiyat Public Beach occupies a prime location within the Saadiyat Beach District. Fully managed by BAKE, the Saadiyat Public Beach provides a laidback, leisure-oriented lifestyle for both residents and visitors alike, offering a host of sport and recreational activities in an unparalleled beach setting.
The friendly and dedicated staff will deliver the best attention to detail and best possible service to accompany this memorable beach setting. There are beach fitness classes to ensure guests' bodies and minds stay in shape along with eco-friendly water sports activities such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. The Beach Club Bistro offers food and beverages with over forty covers and can accommodate more than one hundred guests for corporate and private events.
To make guests' beach experience as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, there are lifeguards on duty from 8 a.m. till sunset, showers and changing rooms, together with sun loungers, towels and lockers for rent.