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Abu Dhabi Port of Call

Abu Dhabi © Mathias Apitz

Abu Dhabi has been called the richest city in the world, and the sleek skyline beckons cruise ships like a siren. While not as popular with tourists as nearby Dubai, its slower pace and more conservative approach provides an authentic glimpse into Arab culture. Visits to landmarks such as the enormous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Cultural Foundation can augment this experience, and complement a holiday spent lying on the beautiful white sand beaches.

Cruises to Abu Dhabi usually dock at Mina Zayed port, which is near to the city, and amenities such as restaurants, shops and currency exchanges.


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Abu Dhabi is designed for cars, and most visitors find it easiest to utilise the city's taxis, which are both plentiful and reasonably priced. There is a bus service and ride sharing apps such as Uber are another option. Walking is not an efficient way to see the city due to its spread-out design.


Abu Dhabi has a number of impressive architectural sights, including the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and the spectacular Corniche waterfront. While there aren't as many cultural or historical sites, visitors can see what Bedouin life was like in the Heritage Village museum, or relax in Khalifa Park, a beautiful green space with an aquarium, museum, train, playground, and more. Abu Dhabi also has beautiful white sand beaches that offer their own attractions in sunbathing and watersports.


Al Mina - Iranian cuisine and seafood in a casual harbourfront setting

BiCE - trendy Italian food with good views of the Gulf

Anand Vegetarian Restaurant - North Indian restaurant with a designated family section

Best Dish

A delicious and traditional Shawarma.


Abu Dhabi is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so visitors will find no end of luxury goods for sale. Low import duties and no sales tax means there are bargains to be found in the city's gleaming shopping malls, bustling souks, and independent shops. The three-storey Abu Dhabi Mall near the port has over two hundred stores, and there are 17 more malls if shoppers can't find what they're after there. Popular souvenirs include perfume, spices, leather goods, and gold jewellery.

Best Buy

A treasured Arabian antique.


Go camel trekking in the desert

Get a birds-eye view of the city with a helicopter tour

Visit the garden Oasis of Al Ain

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