8 Lesser Known Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and many other grand things. These places attract tourists in huge numbers. However, if you want to explore Abu Dhabi off the beaten path, you must visit places that are less crowded with tourists. These are also some hidden gems of Abu Dhabi that let you experience the uniqueness of the city and tell you how it is different from others. So, today, let us tell you about 8 lesser-known places to visit in Abu Dhabi.

8 lesser-known places to visit in Abu Dhabi

Here is the following list of lesser-known places in Abu Dhabi that you must visit:

1. Louvre Abu Dhabi

Located in the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is an iconic landmark. It’s spread across 24,000 square meters approximately which makes it the Arabian Peninsula’s largest art museum. Additionally, the museum resembles a floating dome, and the web-patterned dome allows sunlight to filter through. It appears as if sun rays are passing through the leaves of date palm trees. This architectural wonder conceptualized by Jean Nouvel sure leaves a lasting impression on you.

2. Heritage Village

The Heritage Village is the ideal destination for a family outing. The traditional Arabian desert way of life comes alive here as you travel back in time to a world of an old souk, a camp from the days when Abu Dhabi was yet to see modern life and a mosque. This laid-back place is a traditional village with an oasis where you can shop for souvenirs and watch artisans create amazing pottery or you can watch them blowing glass, a truly fascinating sight.

3. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque is the UAE’s largest mosque and an important place of worship. More than 41,000 people visit during Eid. The Grand Mosque was built from 1996 to 2007 and it measures around 290 by 420 m being spread across 12 hectares. The Grand Mosque was voted the second favourite landmark of the world by Trip Advisor twice on the trot. Moreover, the design of the Mosque has been inspired by the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque in Egypt and, particularly, the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.


This unique sports destination is home to the tallest indoor climbing wall in the world, the Summyt. There are five climbing walls meant for visitors of all ages and abilities. Enjoy the unbridled thrill as you go soaring in the biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber the world has on offer. Also, if it’s an adrenaline rush you’re keen on, head straight to CLYMB. 32 feet wide, this adventure spot offering the thrill of free falls is a favourite of all adventure lovers, including pro skydivers.

5. Wadi Adventure

The Wadi Adventure Land of Wonders is a 90-minute drive away from Abu Dhabi. Located on the foothills of the magnificent Jebel Hafeet mountain, Al Ain, this action-packed sports park is a fun-filled destination. The Wadi Adventure entrance is home to 1,100 meter artificially made white water channels, the world’s longest. Moreover, Splash around in crystal clear water as you go wakeboarding, kneeboarding, or water skiing. There’s also the exciting option of passing over the park on a zipline.

6. Desert Safari

The Empty Quarter, the largest uninterrupted sand mass in the world, welcomes you with an out-of-the-world experience. Things start with the adrenaline-pumping dune bashing up and down the slopes of the dunes. Therefore, follow that up with quad biking or sandboarding if you’re looking for a heavy dose of adventure sport on a desert safari. For a more relaxing experience, watch the sunset on the horizon while relaxing at an enchanting traditional Bedouin desert camp.

7. The Al Ain Zoo

You must visit the Al Ain Zoo. Spread across a vast area, the zoo is home to as many as 4,000 animals. You’ll have an exciting time here feeding penguins and watching a funny parrot show. You can also take a walk inside the Lemur exhibit or ride on a horse or a camel. Drop by the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre to learn more about the efforts that the UAE has been making to preserve our environment. Don’t forget the birds-of-prey show while you are here.

8. The Jubail Mangrove Park

This is the first self-contained avian, marine, and Mangrove National Park which is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers and those looking to spend a few leisurely hours. This is the place where you teach your kids about biodiversity and how important it is to preserve mangrove habitats. Additionally, making your way through the long boardwalk, you take in the beauty of flamingos, herons, colourful fish, foxes, bright birds, and more.


Our compilation of 8 lesser-known places to visit in Abu Dhabi makes your visit to the Abu Dhabi city a unique one. You can brag about having seen places not all visitors to the city make it a point to drop by. It’s a blend of Arabian culture, some adventure-filled activities, and some destinations that we have lined up for you.

Travel Saga hopes you enjoy your holidays at the lovely Abu Dhabi tourist places. Goodbye!