THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL

PO Box 91888, Khor Al Maqta’a, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Phone:  +9712 8188888   •  Map & Directions
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Attractions



Stay near the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at our Abu Dhabi hotel.

Guests of all faiths are entranced by the smooth lines of cool, white marble, intricately weaved carpets, elegant arches and accents of gold at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The third-largest mosque in the world, it features 82 domes and is the primary place of worship for local community. As the Grand Mosque is located near our hotel, guests can choose to walk or take a complimentary luxury shuttle departing hourly from the hotel lobby.

Shuttle bus details:
  • Available daily from 9a.m. till 6 p.m. 
  • Maximum bus capacity is 6 guests, on the basis of first come, first served 
  • Pick up points are hotel main entrance and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 
  • Detailed schedule is available at Concierge desk

To explore the picturesque area around Al Maqta’a creek or to visit the nearby souk, a quick boat ride across the calm waters of the Grand Canal will take you to Souk Qaryat Al Beri - a bustling market with souvenir shops and various dining options. With a total of four stops, the complimentary boat ride is also a wonderful photo opportunity providing an amazing backdrop of the hotel and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at sunset.

Boat details:
  • Available daily from 6pm till midnight 
  • Boat leaves from the jetty located next to the Venetian Village 
  • Maximum boat capacity is 10 guests on the basis of first come, first served 
  • Roundtrip takes 20 minutes


Cultural

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
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This architectural work of art is one of the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 80 domes, approximately 1000 columns, 24 gold plated chandeliers and the world’s largest hand woven carpet. Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to all daily from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m., except on Friday mornings, which is reserved for worshippers only. Complimentary one hour guided tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Saturday to Thursday.
  • Distance to property: 2.7 km
  • Travel time to property: 5 minutes
  • Phone number: +971 2 4416444 / +971 2 4191919
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
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This award winning specialized hospital, the most advanced of its kind in the world, offers guided tours during which visitors can visit the luxurious wards where the birds are kept, explore the museum, and learn about the aristocratic desert sport of falconry, or try their hand at the pursuit in the hospital’s lush gardens. Open Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Distance to property: 27.2 km
  • Travel time to property: 20 minutes
  • Phone number: +971 2 5755155
Manarat Al Saadiyat Centre
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Manarat Al Saadiyat literally means ‘the place of enlightenment’. It is a 15,400 sqm visitor centre, designed to bring the vision of Saadiyat island to life through an interactive experience that showcases the history, culture and future plans of Saadiyat. An entire district on Saadiyat Island is devoted to culture and the arts. Unprecedented in scale and scope, Saadiyat Cultural District will be a live canvas for global culture, drawing local, regional and international visitors with unique exhibitions, permanent collections, productions and performances. Its iconic institutions will be housed in buildings drawing a statement of the finest architecture at the beginning of the 21st century. Once completed, the complex will house Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum, Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Performing Arts Centre and Maritime Museum. Manarat Al Saadiyat features four gallery spaces and houses exhibitions with international collections from around the world, including three major galleries, a central events gallery, sales centre, 250-seat theatre, and restaurant.
  • Distance to property: 15 km
  • Travel time to property: 24 minutes
  • Phone number: +971 2 6575800
Desert Safari
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Starting with an exciting ride up and down some of the desert’s biggest dunes, you can try sand skiing before watching the sun set kindle the desert sands aflame. After driving a short distance farther to a permanent desert camp, you are treated to a sumptuous barbeque, followed by shisha, camel rides, falconry displays and henna painting. You can choose to either stay overnight or combine your adventure with a trip journey into the mountains.

Recreation

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Abu Dhabi Tour
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A tour of the UAE capital usually takes in everything from the rapidly evolving skyline to the sandy shores edging turquoise waters and iconic buildings. A stroll along the Corniche on the edge of the island will give you a glimpse of everyday Abu Dhabi life and the chance to savour some picturesque waterscapes. A half day tour will include the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Saadiyat Island Cultural District Exhibition at the Emirates Palace and the Heritage Village.
Al Gharbia Tour
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A great reason to start exploring this vast region is the drive to Liwa – a historic oasis town at the entry to the Empty Quarter – the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass. Liwa will blow you away with the epic and awe inspiring beauty of unending expanses of desert and the biggest dunes this side of the Sahara- and the journey is just as beautiful as the destination.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
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It’s fast and furious fun for all ages at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction park of its kind. Telling the Ferrari story with passion and excitement through more than 20 exhilarating and educational rides and attractions, interactive shopping and authentic Italian dining experiences, this park is a must see destination for fans and families.
  • Distance to property: 27.2 km
  • Travel time to property: 25 minutes
  • Phone number: +971 2 496 8000
Yas Waterworld
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Spread over 15 hectares and located right next to Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld features a thrilling range of 43 rides, slides and attractions, more than any other waterpark in the Middle East including the largest surf-able sheet wave surf in the world. Four of the rides are the first of their kind, and unique to the waterpark. The park’s theme is based on a legend that represents local Emirati culture and heritage, the story of a young Emirati girl in search of a legendary pearl that brought prosperity to her village. Building on the legend, the park has a unique pearl diving attraction that showcases the role pearl diving played in the UAE’s rich history.
  • Distance to property: 24.6 km
  • Travel time to property: 30 minutes
  • Phone number: +971 2 414 2000
Mangrove Kayaking
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The Emirate of Abu Dhabi boasts 400 kilometres of coastline, a large part of which is composed of sheltered coastal lagoons and dense mangrove forests. These untouched mangrove forests and stunning lagoons are home to a wide variety of local marine and bird life, and can be intimately explored through kayak tours that plunge one into a world far removed from the buzzing city life of Abu Dhabi. There are several options of tours to choose from: visitors can enjoy an active kayak fishing trip, or for a more leisurely option, choose to kayak at dawn or dusk andview the serene and stunning panoramas of the sun rising or setting over the magnificent wilderness. One of the most unique and unforgettable opportunities is certainly kayaking in the mangroves during the full moon, a romantic and tranquil experience that will undoubtedly be remembered for a lifetime.

Shopping

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The Souk at Central Market
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When fully opened, The Souk at Central Market will offer more than 250 shops. This traditional Arabic souk is a must visit destination for residents and tourists with an emphasis on displaying and selling traditional and regional products ranging from jewelry, carpets, antiques to traditional tailoring, fashion and diverse restaurants.
  • Distance to property: 18 km
  • Travel time to property: 19 minutes
The Galleria Mall
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In the capital’s new Central Business District on Al Marayah Island, with spectacular waterfront and cityscape, The Galleria has over 130 of the world’s most renowned brand outlets - including 50 Abu Dhabi ‘firsts’. The Galleria is a 33,000 sqm retail and dining destination featuring a full range of luxury and mid-market international offerings. A 5.4km pedestrian promenade overlooking the marina is dotted with al fresco restaurants and a sculptural atrium roof of the mall provides the iconic core of the design with spectacular views over Abu Dhabi's skyline.
  • Distance to property: 18 km
  • Travel time to property: 18 minutes
  • Phone number: +971 2 6166999