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The Corniche, Abu Dhabi

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From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Premium Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore the rich past, vibrant present, and thrilling future of Abu Dhabi on a tour of the largest emirate in the UAE. See key sights like the Corniche and Marina Mall, as well as the Grand Mosque and Al Watan Palace. After pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Persian Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi while listening to stories about one of the world’s richest cities. Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most popular landmarks of Abu Dhabi. Admire the mosque’s white marble structure that consists of 82 domes, chandeliers, and flower-patterned designs. Next, take a drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche to experience scenic views of the Persian Gulf. Admire the harbor's clean water as you continue to the opulent Emirates Palace, the official hotel of Abu Dhabi’s ruling government. Then, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. The next stop will be at the Marina Mall, where you can take a lunch break (at your own expense) and dine at the mall's restaurants or enjoy the food court options. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan palace housed in the presidential palace compound of the UAE. Notice the architectural features, artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Then enjoy the drive back to Dubai, where you will be dropped off.

Abu Dhabi: Guided Speedboat Sightseeing Tour

2. Abu Dhabi: Guided Speedboat Sightseeing Tour

There’s simply no better way to take in the sights of Abu Dhabi’s skyline than viewing it from the sea. Take a 1-hour, 1.15-hour, or 1.5-hour guided tour to admire the vistas that can’t be seen on land. Traveling by boat gives you front-row seats to Abu Dhabi's beauty. Get up close and personal to the graceful promenade of Abu Dhabi Corniche and take in the incredible 21st century skyline. Follow this with a thrilling trip around Al Lulu Island. This guided tour gives you amazing views of the massive Emirates Palace hotel and a true picture of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape. Marvel at incredible views of the Al Maya Island, the Presidential Palace, Al Maqtaa Fort, and more from the water. The boats used are powered by the latest generation of eco-friendly engines, manufactured to exacting specifications and capable of reaching thrilling speeds. They are manned by experienced, fully qualified crews, and each boat comes equipped with the latest safety equipment, ensuring that the ride of your life is a smooth and safe one. Choose to upgrade your experience with a breakfast combination option. Enjoy a thrilling 45-minute speedboat tour, followed by a light breakfast at the Emirates Palace Hotel.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Optional Lunch

3. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Optional Lunch

Discover the highlights of Abu Dhabi on this day trip from Dubai. Admire the architecture of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Emirates Palace. Immerse yourself in local culture at the Heritage Village. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Dubai. Stop at one of the largest mosques in the world, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Marvel its intricate Islamic carvings and exquisite white marble work. Continue on to Yas Island and stop at the Yas Mall, where you have the option to sit down for a delicious lunch. Drive through the Saadiyat Island project to see the newly completed Louvre museum and the Guggenheim museum, which is still being built. View local markets and drive past gleaming white mosques, the Emirates Palace, and elegant high-rise apartments. Stop at the Heritage Village, which depicts the traditional daily lives of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. Your trip ends with drop-off at Emirates Mall, Dubai Mall, Burjuman-Bur Dubai, or City Centre Deira, depending on your preference.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

4. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Day Tour with Ferrari World Ticket

Discover the highlights of Abu Dhabi and enjoy a visit to the unique Ferrari World theme park. See the Heritage Village, and ride the Formula Rossa rollercoaster on this day trip from Dubai. Begin your tour with a visit to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, where you can admire the wonderful architecture that defines the beauty of Islamic art. Continue on to the Emirates Palace, an inspiring hotel in the city with 114 magnificent domes and fantastic suites decorated with gold and marble. You will then visit the Heritage Village, where you can learn more about the life of the Bedouins. Afterward you can enjoy the views of Abu Dhabi’s impressive skyline as you drive on to Al Corniche. The second half of your day trip takes you to the largest indoor theme park in the world – the Ferrari World. Experience the breathtaking rush of speed on the Formula Rossa rollercoaster and test your driving skills on one of the many simulators. Experience the different performances, marvel at the impressive dance and acrobatic shows, or enjoy go-karting.

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour with Royal Palace & Etihad Towers

5. From Dubai: Abu Dhabi Tour with Royal Palace & Etihad Towers

Enjoy a day trip by van to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. Stop at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, take a stroll at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and see sights like the Emirates Palace. Following a pickup from your hotel in Dubai, travel along the Gulf coast to Abu Dhabi, listening to the fascinating stories about one of the richest cities in the world along the way. Your first stop is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, an incredible mosque exemplifying the beauty of Islamic architectural brilliance. Spend time in the mosque with your guide.   Next, enjoy a visit to another of Abu Dhabi's landmarks, the Etihad Towers. Those who have seen the ‘Furious 7’ movie will remember the imposing tower. Afterward, stop at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and take a stroll with scenic views of the Arabian Gulf. See the Emirates Palace from afar and take snaps for your photo collection with these wonderful structures as the backdrop. Make a stop for lunch at the Marina Mall, the Carrefour, the food court, or a restaurant with a view of the Corniche. Visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan Palace housed in the Presidential Palace compound of UAE. Notice the architectural features, historical artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Finally, relax on the return journey to Dubai.

Abu Dhabi: City Tour with Grand Mosque & Royal Palace Visit

6. Abu Dhabi: City Tour with Grand Mosque & Royal Palace Visit

Explore Abu Dhabi on a sightseeing tour of the city's important landmarks. Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Corniche, Etihad Towers, and more. Start your day of adventure with pickup service at your hotel or selected location in Abu Dhabi. Here, your friendly driver/guide will be waiting to meet you before taking you to explore the capital city’s iconic attractions. This sightseeing tour begins at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. Afterward, stroll along the City Corniche, a pleasant waterfront, before stopping to take photos of the Emirates Palace and visit the Etihad Towers, which were used in the Fast and Furious 7 film. Afterward, visit the beautiful Qasr Al Watan Palace housed in the presidential palace compound of UAE. Notice the architectural features, historical artifacts, and other historical treasures of the palace. Finally, you will be taken back to your hotel or selected location.

Abu Dhabi: Guided City Tour and Ferrari World Ticket

7. Abu Dhabi: Guided City Tour and Ferrari World Ticket

On this fantastic full day tour to Abu Dhabi you will explore various magnificent palaces including the impressive architecture of Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The second half of the day tour will begin with a visit to the one and only Ferrari World (ticket included) branded theme park and home to amazing rides, attractions and car museum. The ultimate introduction for first-time visitors or travelers short on time covers the Emirati city's most must-see attractions. Traveling comfortably in a WiFi-equipped, climate-controlled vehicle, you'll hit highlights like Emirates Palace, Heritage Village, and manmade Yas Island. After your pickup from your mentioned location, tour progresses on the historic Sheikh Zayed Road named after the founder and then president of UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Known to be the longest road in the UAE, construction for Sheikh Zayed Road began in 1971. The highway was completed in 1980. Make your first stop at The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the world's 8th largest mosque and a massive architectural work of art that intentionally blends different Islamic architectural schools. It features 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, 24-carat-gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand-knitted carpet. Your tour guide will explain some interesting facts about the mosque during this 1 hour tour of the mosque. Passing through the Al Bateen Street which has some enormous villas for you to witness, the next stop is at Emirates Palace. Take 20 minutes for a photo stop inside, if permitted by security. “The Emirates Palace was built as a superlative for national prestige.” The hotel has a total floor space of 850,000m², with the western and eastern wings containing the guest rooms. Next, go back in history to witness the Emirati culture at Heritage Village. Heritage Village Abu Dhabi is one of the best cultural attractions. It is a re-creation of an Emirati village and showcases the Bedouin lifestyle. You will find it on the Breakwater, which is reclaimed land off the main Abu Dhabi island. Enjoy the ride on Corniche Road with the city and downtown on your right side and the sea on your left. On the way, you will witness some great architecture. Your local guide will explain all of them. At the end, get crazy at the world's first indoor theme park, Ferrari World, with a general admission ticket and get access to several rides including Formula Rossa which is the world's fastest rollercoaster. The ticket is already included in the price so you don't need to pay any extra money. Some other famous rides included are the Flying Aces, Turbo Track and G Force rides. Then take a 15-minute stop at F1 Grand Prix Racing Track at Yas Marina Circuit. Experience a variety of performances, marvel at impressive dances and acrobatic shows, or try out go-karting during this fun-filled day. This concludes the tour, after that you will be dropped back to your location.

Abu Dhabi: Classic 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

8. Abu Dhabi: Classic 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore Abu Dhabi at your own pace and according to your preferred schedule with a classic 24-hour pass to the city, highlighting the most iconic landmarks. Board an open-top, climate-controlled sightseeing bus where you will learn about the United Arab Emirate’s capital city's rapid development and cultural history via expert digital commentary in 8 languages.  Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE where Arabic charm blends into futuristic fantasy. Hop on our 24-hour Hop-on Hop-off tour to discover rich tradition at the Grand Mosque and Heritage Village and modern majesty at the Louvre.

Abu Dhabi: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

9. Abu Dhabi: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates where Arabian charm blends into futuristic fantasy. Hop on this tour to discover rich tradition at the Grand Mosque and Heritage Village, the modern majesty at the Louvre. Explore Abu Dhabi at your own pace and on your own schedule with a 1-day, 2-day or 5-day pass to the city’s best open-top, climate-controlled sightseeing bus. On board, you will learn about the United Arab Emirate’s rapid development and cultural history via digital commentary in 8 languages. Ride along the City Tour (Red Route), and discover breathtaking views of the majestic palaces, rich museums, historic sites, public beach, and old souks starting from the Abu Dhabi Mall. The Classic (1-Day) ticket is perfect to get to know the city in a short period of time. Included in the Premium (2-Day) and Deluxe (5-Day) ticket you can take a shuttle to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and dive into the marvelous architectural and cultural history of the mosque. Extend your time with the Deluxe Ticket and take advantage to tour Qaṣr Al-Waṭan, Abu Dhabi's Presidential Palace. The Palace is a must-visit for its intricate design and ornate decoration.

Abu Dhabi: City Sightseeing Cruise with Soft Drinks

10. Abu Dhabi: City Sightseeing Cruise with Soft Drinks

Admire the city skyline of Abu Dhabi on this scenic cruise. Choose from a group tour or a private tour with just you and your friends. Play your own tunes using the onboard music system as you sail along. Meet your crew at the Marina Al Bateen Resort and embark on your cruising adventure. View the domes of the Qaṣr Al-Waṭan Presidential palace and head towards the natural islands of Abu Dhabi.  View of the Etihad Towers building complex and the timeless architecture of the Heritage palace. See the sand bar and blue waters of Dolphin island. Capture pictures of sweeping city views to share with friends.  Feel safe onboard a well-maintained ship and that is equipped with lifejackets. Return to your meeting point in Abu Dhabi at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about The Corniche, Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 13,017 reviews

I highly recommend this experience ... in the morning we were accompanied to the bus, where we met our guide, Mahammad Iqbal, very nice and helpful, who on the way to the mosque showed us the route, revealing many curiosities about Dubai and Abu Dhabi . Arriving at the mosque they provided us with the right clothes to enter it. The mosque was huge, inside there was a huge carpet and chandeliers made of special crystals and swarovski. The next visit was dedicated to the Etihad Towers, the view was breathtaking and the guide told us the history of the sultans. After we ate thanks to a buffet typical of the area. As a last stop we went to the Presidential Palace, an incredible structure: very decorated and detailed. The guide took some great pictures of us. The palace was huge and it was lovely. Finally we were taken back to our residence.

Noor was amazing, very knowledgeable and and informative throughout the tour, he is a very humble gentleman, He made the day a very enjoyable experience. A valuable member of ocean air travel indeed. I highly recommend this tour, it is a activity packed day. Thank you Noor for your hospitality it was a wonderful day

Very fun and exciting day out exploring the city of Abu Dhabi. The tour guide was entertaining and made the whole tour special. Absolutely stunning, breathtaking views and architecture. Definitely a must do if visiting Dubai.

Very nice guide,super passionate for his job,making your experience amazing

Amazing experience with an amazing guide. 100% recommended!