Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Overview

Marvel at the space-age architecture of Abu Dhabi on a full-day trip from Dubai. With an informative guide, travel to the UAE’s shimmering capital by air-conditioned coach and ogle its line-up of soaring skyscrapers, eye-popping hotels and boundary-pushing leisure parks. View the futuristic, eco-friendly city of Masdar; explore Yas Island, home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi; and see top sights such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as you learn about Abu Dhabi’s transformation from fishing port to space-age city in a few short decades.
  • Full-day coach tour of Abu Dhabi’s development and architecture from Dubai
  • Learn about the city’s transformation from fishing port to innovative metropolis with your guide
  • Visit several exciting developments including Masdar City, Yas Island and Saadiyat Island
  • Discover high-profile attractions such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the visitor center at Manarat Al Saadiyat
  • Enjoy photo stops at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the impressive UAE Pavilion, a recyclable building
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
Depart your central Dubai hotel in the morning. Meet your guide, settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel through the desert, past Jebel Ali port, to Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital.

Along the way, hear fascinating facts about Abu Dhabi’s rapid development following the oil boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Before then, the city was little more than a small fishing port, with a handful of buildings, harborside and a defensive fort.

Learn how the discovery of oil changed everything at lightning speed, and how recently, Abu Dhabi’s rulers have taken their cue from glamorous Dubai, investing heavily in futuristic architecture and leisure attractions.

Start with a visit to Masdar City: a multi-billion dollar eco-city under construction on the edges of Abu Dhabi. The energy-efficient city is powered mostly by solar panels and composed of cube-like buildings that make it look like it’s landed from a sci-fi movie.

Take in the views of the city, due to be finished in 2525, before continuing to Yas Island, an artificial island given over to luxury hotels and leisure parks.

Marvel at the spectacular Yas Viceroy Hotel with its eye-popping LED canopy, and stop for photos of the Yas Marina F1 circuit.

Take in gleaming Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-designed motorsport park. While your tour doesn’t include time to experience the park’s rides, visit the gift store to shop for Ferrari-themed souvenirs (own expense).

Refuel with lunch (own expense) on Yas Island, and afterward, visit Saadiyat Island, another man-made islet that showcases Abu Dhabi’s contemporary art and cultural achievements.

Pose for photos at the UAE Pavilion — an acclaimed sustainable building — and explore the visitor center at Manarat Al Saadiyat, where videos and scale models illustrate the Abu Dhabi of the future.

Snap pictures of the glittering Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi’s best-known mosque, before returning to Dubai, where your day trip ends at your hotel.

Reviews

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T
, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

H
, Jan 2017

Is an amazing experience, great architecture. Is not enougt time to visit the city

v
, Sep 2016

Great tour! Think on include 1 hour more on Sheik al Zeyed Mosque. Masdar City, Sadiyat, Ferrari World are amazing. Great staff overall.

E
, Mar 2016

a nice and knowledgeable tour

I
, Feb 2016

Very good gide,too much time in futuristic, eco-friendly city of Masdar. Too bad, that there is not included the admission to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

q
, Jan 2016

A well organised and enjoyable tour with a professional guide who gave us a lot of interesting information about places and culture. Would have liked to enter the Ferrari World and would have liked to have more time in Abu Dhabi. Other than that, it was a nice experience.

T
, Jan 2016

DON'T treat your drivers on tours in Dubai as guides, they are only drivers and sometimes they don't even say anything, they are not even local Arab people.
GOOD: Visited the Masdar City and that was the reason I bought this trip, none of the others had it.
BAD: Guide's English was not good and he repeated himself all the time, meaning he didn't have much to say. We DIDN'T enter the mosque in Abu Dhabi which is stupid because we had plenty of time, instead we were taken to sales pitch by a carpet company, were they wanted more money for a carpet then we paid for our holiday! If you don't want to visit Masdar City, don't book this trip.

T
, Jan 2016

Fantastic! Masdar City was the best would love to take a full day, more detailed, tour on that place! The rest was fun to - and guide was fantastic! The drivers was good and drove very safe! :

N
, Oct 2015

Great trip and great guide - the Serbian guy. A bit too much time at Ferrari World and would have preferred seeing more of Abu Dhabi city itself - rather than the Mall. But overall, very informative and interesting trip. Good value for money

I
, Sep 2015

Sehr gute Organisation,reibungsloser Ablauf, viel zu sehen ,immer gerne wieder


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