JEBEL HAFIT DESERT PARK
Immerse yourself in the history and nature of Jebel Hafit at the newly constructed Jebel Hafit Desert Park.
Occupying a nine-kilometre stretch at the base of Jebel Hafit, visitors can enjoy the park’s natural surroundings and discover unique, fascinating archaeological and historical remains of the ancient habitation of this area.These archaeological remains include remnants of the Neolithic period 8,000 years ago to 5,000-year-old tombs excavated at the request of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates, in 1959.
In 2011, UNESCO recognised the area of Jebel Hafit Desert Park as a component of the World Heritage Site of Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates’ first World Heritage Site.
Jebel Hafit Desert Park preserves this rich history and the area’s unique biodiversity. The park enables visitors to experience this dynamic landscape up close and to understand how it has changed over millions of years.
JUBAIL MANGROVE PARK
Jubail Mangrove Park is the first self-contained educational, nature and leisure destination of its kind in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Visit and explore a haven for avian and marine species native to Abu Dhabi at this serene mangrove sanctuary.
The Park aims to enhance the awareness, appreciation and understanding of the important ecological function of the mangrove habitats that include protection of the Abu Dhabi Coastline and supporting biodiversity.
A meandering boardwalk will take you through the mangroves and allow you to discover Abu Dhabi in its true essence.
ABU DHABI CORNICHE
The Corniche Road spreads across an impressive eight kilometres of manicured waterfront that includes children’s play areas, separate cycle and pedestrian pathways, cafés and restaurants, and the Corniche Beach – a lifeguarded beach park.
This lengthy stretch of beach extends along Corniche Road from near the Hilton Hotel to beyond Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, where you’ll find its main entrance. During the week you can usually find a beach umbrella, but during the weekend they may all go quickly. You can’t swim out very far; floating fences keep you within 40 metres of the beach, and there are plenty of lifeguards around.
Abu Dhabi’s pristine Corniche beachfront has been awarded coveted Blue Flag status – the internationally renowned eco-label for beaches and marinas that guarantees clean and safe bathing water.
Some 30,000 to 50,000 visitors flock to the Corniche every month, enjoying three separate sections for families, singles and the general public. There are more than 1,100 free parking spaces with a five minute walk of the beach, which charges AED 10 (US $2.7) entry to the family and singles sections. Entry to the public beach is free.
FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI
The star attractions at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi include the new Flying Aces ride featuring the highest rollercoaster loop in the world, Formula Rossa which is the world’s fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 250kmph in 4.9 seconds, family-friendly attractions, state-of-the-art simulators, electric-powered go-karts, live shows and an inspiring collection of racing memorabilia. Open 365 days a year, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers a unique experience for visitors of every age in a refreshing, indoor, climate-controlled environment.
CLYMB™ is home to the world’s biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber and world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, both under one roof.
A fully indoor facility, its geometrically-designed building houses a flight chamber spanning 32 feet (10 metres) wide and 82 feet (25 metres) high. Whether you’re a first-time flyer as young as three years old, or an expert skydiver, CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi’s flight instructors will ensure a fun and safe experience, suitable for all.
CLYMB™ will also offer unique climbing experiences to its guests of all competency levels. Beginners can enjoy various wall options to suit their preference and climbing level, while more advanced climbers can push their limits at The SUMMYT™, the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, towering 141 feet (43 metres) high.
The facilities will also include retail outlets, private event space and dining options.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands out as one of the world’s largest mosques, and the only one that captures unique interactions between Islam and world cultures. Sheikh Zayed’s vision for the Grand Mosque was to incorporate architectural styles from different Muslim civilizations and celebrate cultural diversity by creating a haven that is truly diverse and inspirational in its foundation. The mosque’s architects were British, Italian and Emirati, and design inspiration was borrowed parts of Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan, and Egypt among other Islamic countries, revealing a glistening architectural marvel with an astonishing capacity of 40,000 worshippers and visitors.
The open-door policy invites tourists and celebrants from all around the world who can witness the spectacular onion-top domes, the reflective pools that engulf the courtyard and the iconic prayer hall, which not only overflows with blissful sunlight, but also houses the world’s biggest chandelier and carpet, both meticulously handmade. Be sure to spot the calligraphy encircling the hollows of the domes, etched with verses from the Quran and painted with gold leaves in An-Naskh lettering.