Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is the largest and richest emirate in the nation. It may not be as popular as Dubai, but Abu Dhabi has plenty of unique sights and experiences sure to make your trip memorable. So take a break from the glitz and glamour of shopping malls and explore these 11 offbeat attractions that Abu Dhabi has to offer:
Qasr Al Hosn
Known as the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi is the oldest known stone structure in the city. Originally the home of the ruling family, Qasr Al Hosn is now a popular tourist and historical attraction. Take part in annual festivities and enjoy some traditional Emirati culture.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Although not fully open to the public yet, the Louvre in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island has been received as the much awaited link between art from the East and West. There are plenty of exhibitions, talks and programmes already running throughout the year for all you art enthusiasts out there.
Take a Ride Into the Future
At Masdar City, the world’s most sustainable eco city, the driverless ‘podcars’ will pick and drop you from your carpark and into the city. With plenty of restaurant and an eco-friendly environment, Masdar city is worth a visit.
Emirates National Auto Museum
If exploring vintage cars is more your style, then don’t miss the auto museum in Abu Dhabi. With over 200 vehicles on display, the museum is actually a private collection of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan a member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family.
A spectacular desert sport, camel racing is definitely a sight to see. At the Al Wathba Camel Track, home to thousands of camels, you can experience camel races, tournaments, camel beauty shows and auctions.