Abu Dhabi’s cultural heart is forward-thinking, with its thrilling Grand Prix circuit, exciting theme parks, and action-packed events.

In the next year, the NBA’s giants, English Premier League footballers, and other high-profile figures will all descend upon the Emirate for a series of high-profile events.

Tourists visiting the UAE should not forget that the glamour and glitz is only one aspect of the experience. Abu Dhabi is a city filled with amazing museums, beautiful Islamic architecture, and a wealth of natural beauty. There are many ways to explore the wonders of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), announced a series of new initiatives at the 2022 Arabian Travel Market, which was held in Dubai. They hope to increase visitor numbers by 23 million annually.

Husain AlHashmi, Acting Director of Travel Trade and Market Development, DTC, says, “We want the premium experience – enjoying the beach and the culture and beautiful nature – and build upon that to grow our tourist sustainably.”

“It was a busy week with announcements, and there are more in the future.”

The Saadiyat Vision, and the island’s cultural treasures

Canva

Saadiyat Island is a paradise for lovers. It has white sandy beaches, vibrant gastronomy and glistening water. There’s more to the island than meets the eye.

Saadiyat Vision, which was recently announced, seeks to attract 19,000,000 visitors by 2025 and generate revenues of $1.4 Billion (EUR1.3 Billion). This is primarily through the ongoing Saadiyat Culture District project.

AlHashmi says that Saadiyat offers one of the most memorable and beautiful beaches in the region. The hotels offer a superior product, and the cultural district in Saadiyat is truly unique.”

Saadiyat Cultural District, once completed, will be one the most important and globally-relevant cultural centers in the world.

Saadiyat Cultural District, once completed, will be one the most densely-packed, globally-relevant cultural centers in the world. Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum join the Louvre.

Culture lovers can make a beeline to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grande Mosque, or explore the region’s past at Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest standing structure in the city.

Summer Like You Mean It

Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi

Summer in Abu Dhabi is usually a more quiet time of year. But that could change with the Summer Like You Mean It campaign. This campaign encourages tourists to visit the capital.

This campaign promotes indoor activities like swimming with sharks at National Aquarium Abu Dhabi, yoga at Louvre Abu Dhabi, and hotel promotions that can reduce prices up to 30%.

The Abu Dhabi Summer Pass is also featured, which allows you to access exclusive offers at some of the city’s most popular attractions such as Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi.

What are the best places to eat in Abu Dhabi

Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a diverse restaurant scene. There are many options for you to choose from, including local dishes or fine dining.

Abu Dhabi hosted MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants. The list included Hakkasan and Coya restaurants, as well as Butcher & Still. The Emirati Cuisine Programme was expanded this year, which is a government initiative that introduces Emirati cuisine to the best city menus.

AlHashmi says, “Food has been a major focus over the past two years and it’s exciting to continue expanding the culinary scene.”

“We are proud to offer top-quality restaurants and brands along with local dishes that have been handed down through the generations.”

Which is the best way for you to see nature?

Canva

One of AlHashmi’s top recommendations for nature-lovers is just steps from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Mangrove National Park, a vast sanctuary for wildlife photographers and birdwatchers who want to get away into the wild for a few hours, is a great place.

Mangrove National Park, a vast sanctuary for wildlife photographers and birdwatchers who want to get away into the wild for a few hours, is a great place.

Mangroves can be viewed free of charge. This idyllic reserve, which is protected by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, is one the UAE’s most valuable ecological assets.

While kayaking through the waters of this biodiversity hotspot, keep your eyes open for dolphins, turtles and dolphins.

A visit to Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is a great way to see traditional Gulf culture up close.

Dive headfirst into adventure

Department for Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi offers enough distractions for even the most ardent thrill seekers.

Combining off-road desert driving with a night under the stars seamlessly blends modern-day thrills and a nod towards the Bedouin Culture. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s only water park, should be at the top of your list.