Whether this is your first visit to Abu Dhabi, or your twentieth, we have a round-up of unforgettable experiences for you to try. We can assure you, there's nowhere else in the world where you can enjoy some of these luxuries.
24K Gold Leaf Cappuccino
Ever had 24-carat gold flakes sprinkled over your cappuccino? If you visit Emirates Palace, you can experience this sweet treat, which is seen as the epitome of indulgence at the Palace. The Palace Cappuccino is made with the finest ingredients, a superior blend of aromatic coffee, which is then sprinkled with gold leaf flakes to give you a taste of royalty. Served on a polished silver tray, you can enjoy your cappuccino with a date and the sweet of the day.
That’s not all. You can also order the impressive Ice Gold, a delicious scoop of soft vanilla or chocolate ice cream - made with camel milk - served in a cone with a 24-carat gold leaf crown drizzled over it. The best bit is, apparently, gold is believed to be good for you!
Observation Deck at 300
Located on the 74th floor of the stunning Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the Observation Deck 300 offers 360-degree views of the city. From up here, you can relax in comfort as you take in the impressive views of the city’s skyline, which includes the Emirates Palace hotel, city centre and Corniche. During your visit you can also enjoy a range of teas, coffees, mocktails, small bites and cakes. There’s also a delicious Afternoon Tea option available.
Jebel Hafeet Mountain
Located one and a half hours from Abu Dhabi and situated on the outskirts of Al Ain, this mountain rises to 1,249 metres (4,098 feet) and is the perfect place to see the oasis city of Al Ain (known as the Garden City), as well as views over the desert to Oman. There are various stopoff points where you can park, enjoy a picnic and take pictures of the stunning scenery.
Go and watch the sunset from the top of this mountain, and don't forget to count how many turns you make on the way up!
Workout On The F1 Track
If you love to workout, head to the famous Yas Marina Circuit every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday (ladies-only) evenings, and enjoy walking, running or cycling round the track for free. From 6pm onwards.
Kayak Around The Mangroves
Grab a paddle, hop in a kayak and start exploring the beautiful scenery around the mangroves. We recommend booking one of the unique tours in advance. Daily tours are
available from the Eastern Mangroves Marina. www.noukhada.ae
Discover the beauty of the world’s tallest sand dune, Tel Moreeb. The rich-coloured sand dune soars to over 300 metres and boasts a 50-metre incline. Road trips out towards the Liwa area of Al Dhafra make for an unforgettable experience, and one we highly recommend you add to your to do list - if you are staying for a long trip. It takes two and a half hours to reach the area by car from Abu Dhabi. You can also book a dune-bashing trip with Nirvana Travel & Tourism.
Pearl Diving Tour
Step back in time and experience what the pearl industry was like in the 1900s. These fascinating pearl diving tours allow you to head out on a traditional fishing boat with local experts who will show you first-hand where pearls can be found. You can book a tour with
Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey.
Sunset from the Top of the Town
Take your senses and your Instagram account to the next level when you book the once monthly St. Regis Abu Dhabi ‘Helipad Sunset Supper’ series. The dinner on the hotel’s exclusive helipad, beyond an unforgettable sunset and view, is serviced by an attentive staff of chefs, butlers, and waiters there to ply you with caviar, fresh oysters and many other moreish canapés as you gaze out onto what is arguably the most stunning view of Abu Dhabi from a platform elevated 225 meters above ground.
Take Flight with Falcons
Get familiar with the UAE‘s signature bird, the falcon, at the world largest falconry conveniently located just outside Abu Dhabi. Over the years, the falcon hospital that expanded into a museum and treatment center and treats over 9,000 birds annually. There
is no other place in the world which provides care and treatment to such a large number of falcons.
Souvenir Shop at the Souk
Visit the Souk at World Trade Center to shop for trinkets, household goods or local art. The souk is host to a vast array of vendors. Be sure to bargain gently in some of the shops — their favourite past time. Don’t be ashamed to start the bidding low as it only makes the
haggling more lively. You might find yourself parched after all that haggling. If so, drop by Tarbouche for one of the city’s best lemon mint drinks, which are refreshing and about as local as you can get in the capital.
One hump or two?
If you’d like to get up close and personal with a dromedary, December is the time for camels. Go straight to Liwa to get your fill of the UAE’s beloved animal during the Al Dhafra
Friday brunch is an institution amongst the expat community and simply must be experienced on any visit to the capital. Choose between a variety of world’s cuisines, party or
chill vibes, and indoor or al fresco options. Your options are infinite during the cooler months. See our Food & Drinks section.
Fantasy Island Safari
Do you dream of going on safari? Abu Dhabi has brought the safari to the desert. Sir Bani Yas Island is a nature-lover’s paradise. Explore the great outdoors in the lap of luxury.
Have you tried Emirati coffee? Gahwa (Arabic for coffee) is a ritual of Arabian hospitality. The
cups are small, and your host will insist you have at least one or two before you leave.
Get Behind the Wheel
Stop dreaming and drive it! Put the top down, buckle up, get behind the wheel of a dream car, and drive away on the Formula One circuit in Abu Dhabi. Ride with your family or enjoy a one-on-one experience in the race car of your choosing.
Published October 2018