Check-in to Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and prepare to enjoy the finer things in life. Whether your stay is one day or one week, here are the top activities the capital has to offer!
As the richest city in the world, Abu Dhabi is well worth spending a few days in. Sure, it has beautiful beaches and mesmerisingly tall, shiny skyscrapers but there’s so much more to do in the capital than shop and sun bathe by the Gulf (though both of things are entirely worth doing!). We’ve put together our edit of can’t-miss destinations within the emirate that will ensure you have a more-than-memorable stay.
It’s all about The Louvre
From November 11, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is officially open! Just 20 minutes from Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is set to become one of the most visited locations in the city – after 10 years in the making. It comprises 12 galleries, each of which tells the story of humanity through shared themes and ideas from The First Villages to A Global Stage. The pieces on display will range from prehistoric artefacts to more contemporary works of art, half of which will come from the museum’s own collection with the other half on loan from some of France’s most well-known galleries such as the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou. Amongst the latter will be pieces from the likes of Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci, whose La Belle Ferronnière will be the first painting by the artist to be displayed in the Middle East. As with its famous international sister museum, this outpost will certainly add to Abu Dhabi’s cultural offerings. Located on Saadiyat Island, this is one stop you won’t soon forget.
What better way to see Abu Dhabi’s magnificent cityscape than from the ocean? Book a yacht trip with Pindar Sailing from Jumeirah at Etihad Towers for an unforgettable day. The company owns two Volvo 60 ocean race yachts that have previously raced in the Volvo Ocean Race. Each boat can fit up to 12 people on board, and you’ll spend the day learning the ropes from the experienced crew as well as enjoying soft drinks and a light lunch. A hands-on experience, it’s a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to sail with one of the world’s leading sailing teams in one of the world’s most exciting destinations.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The third largest mosque in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, just 20 minutes from Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, has to be seen to be believed. Easily one of the most stunning structures in the UAE, the mosque, which spans over 30 acres, can fit up to 40,000 worshippers at any one time and is the final resting place of the man after whom it was named, Sheikh Zayed. Its use of gleaming white marble and stunning mosaics are a clear focal point, so too is the carpet that is located in the main prayer hall. Handmade by 1,200 Iranian weavers, it took more than a year and a half to complete, using 38 tons of cotton and wool to form the 60,546 square feet masterpiece. This year, the mosque was voted the world’s second favourite landmark by TripAdvisor – before you’ve even step foot inside, you will certainly see why.
Whether you’re a high tea newbie or a seasoned attendee, there’s no better way to spend one of your afternoons in Abu Dhabi than enjoying the high tea at Observation Deck at 300. Located on the 74 th floor of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, this high tea delivers views like no other. You can enjoy a selection of sandwiches and sweet treats, as well as an extensive tea and coffee menu as you take in the Instagram-worthy views over the city. It’s the perfect way to refuel after a day of sightseeing (or shopping!).
Abu Dhabi’s first eco-friendly city, a visit to Masdar City is like stepping into the future. The entire city, which is 35 minutes from Jumeirah at Etihad Towers has been designed to reduce energy and water consumption, and has one of the largest photovoltaic installations in the Middle East on the premises. There are a tonne of healthy eateries here that are perfect for grabbing a bite to eat too, but just how to do you get around this cool place? Why by driverless cars, of course! Masdar City is home to the region’s first driverless transport system that makes for some seriously good footage.
Emirates National Auto Museum
We can all-but guarantee you will have never laid eyes on anything quite like the collection of vehicles on display at the Emirates National Auto Museum. Located about 50 minutes from Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, it’s well worth the drive – you’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot the parked aeroplane and giant Land Rover. These are indicators as to what lays in wait inside the museum, home to Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s private collection of about 200 vehicles. Most of the vehicles have been customised and range from prototypes to classics and even military vehicles.
Sheikh Hamdan’s famous rainbow collection of Mercedes is housed here, so too is the world’s largest motorised jeep (it’s reportedly four times the size of a regular one) and a customised military vehicle with a golfing range on top. Be sure to bring your camera because people won’t believe such creations actually exist.