Set along the beachfront and overlooking the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal offers a perfectly located hotel near the emirate’s most important sights. Ferrari World and its neighboring Yas Waterworld are perfect for thrill-seekers, while the Manarat Al Saadiyat Centre, home to renowned institutions including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, is ideal for arts-and-culture lovers. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Grand Mosque; details are available at the concierge desk.
The first universal art museum in the Arab world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in November 2017 with loaned works including van Gogh’s self-portrait and Whistler’s painting of his mother, in addition to masterpieces from Degas and Picasso. The most impressive of all is perhaps the architecture of the building itself; The Louvre’s 55-building “museum city,” surrounded by water, is covered by an elaborate perforated dome with a diameter that’s nearly the length of two football fields and comprises 8,000 geometric stars that create an enchanting “rain of light” with a constant flux of shade and light.
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 (mosque reopens at 4.30 p.m.) Complimentary one hour guided tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Fridays and at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Venetian Village
Spanning across 20,000 square meters and designed to resemble a lively Italian piazza, the Venetian Village is a unique collection of international restaurant brands offering outdoor terrace dining at each venue in a relaxed, convivial environment. It is also home to ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal - a 2,000-square-meter beachfront spa complex dedicated to therapeutic luxury.
Guests dining at the Venetian Village enjoy the option of exclusive valet parking directly at the Venetian Village or can self-park in the parking structure with more than 300 spots available. Situated within the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, the Venetian Village is a short walk from the hotel’s main lobby.
The Venetian Village Dining Venues:
Inakaya Inakaya is a robata grill restaurant offering epicureans traditional Japanese Robata-yaki cuisine – fresh ingredients coupled with the theatre and flare of Inakaya’s seated grill masters at work. For more information and reservations, please call +971 2 404 1921 or email.
Brasserie Flo Brasserie Flo is a traditional French brasserie that offers a piece of France with its quality comfort food. Brought to life in 1968, the Brasserie Flo concept quickly captured the hearts of French diners in Paris and expanded across Europe and Asia. For more information and reservations, please call +971 2 404 1931 or email.
Al Fanar Al Fanar restaurant and café provides authentic Emirati food in a nostalgic ambiance of an old UAE neighbourhood, complete with barasti outdoor booths, mud brick rooms and a mini souk. For more information and reservations, please call +971 2 448 1144 or email.
Olives Celebrity Chef Todd English is showcasing his internationally acclaimed interpretive Mediterranean cuisine at Olives, an impressive eatery that first made its debut in the USA in 1989. Following much national and international praise, Olives is now one of the most prestigious names in the Americas with locations in New York City, Boston, Las Vegas, Mexico City and the Bahamas. For more information and reservations, please call +971 2 404 1941 oremail.
Punjab Grill Punjab Grill is one of the most critically acclaimed gourmet fine dining restaurants in India and considered by many a crown jewel of North Indian Frontier gourmet cuisine, serving New India cuisine with pride. Diners are taken on a culinary journey into the grandeur of Punjab, with an adventure into the extraordinary diversity of the Frontier region’s culinary delicacies. For more information and reservations, please call +971 2 449 9839 or email.
Barfly by Buddha Bar Barfly by Buddha Bar brings to Abu Dhabi an edgy restaurant and supper club concept that aims to create a unique dining venue where food, drinks and music melt in a superlative lifestyle statement. A two-story restaurant and a loungy area on the seashore, Barfly is the brainchild of Raymond Visan, the founder of George V Eartertainment and the nightlife visionary behind the legendary Buddha Bar. Barfly at Venetian Village will revive the buzz of its original celebrity hangouts in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information and reservations, please call +971 2 404 1951.
The Galleria Mall
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.
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: 18 km | Travel time: 19 minutes
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.
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.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
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.