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From souks to dunes: Explore Abu Dhabi city tours

Calling all history buffs and culture enthusiasts! Craving an adventure that blends the past with the present? Then look no further than Abu Dhabi! Our Abu Dhabi city tours take you on a journey through time, from the awe-inspiring white marble halls of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to the bustling streets of a traditional souk.

Don't believe us? Read on to discover the perfect Abu Dhabi city tour.

Your Abu Dhabi city tour guide

  1. Why go on an Abu Dhabi city tour?
  2. Things to know before booking your Abu Dhabi city tour
  3. Your Abu Dhabi city tour options explained
  4. Abu Dhabi city tour tickets: Options and details
  5. Top sights in Abu Dhabi
  6. Top things to do in Abu Dhabi
  7. Plan your Abu Dhabi city tour
  8. Frequently asked questions about Abu Dhabi city tours

Things to know before booking your Abu Dhabi city tour

  • If you're staying in Abu Dhabi, opt for our half-day tour, which will last around 4-5 hours. Opt for a full-day tour, lasting around 9-11 hours if you are visiting Abu Dhabi from Dubai.
  • All tours include convenient round-trip shared transfers on an air-conditioned coach with hotel pick-up in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
  • City tours cater to all traveler interests. So if you're fascinated by the city's rich heritage, choose a tour with iconic landmarks like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or the Louvre Abu Dhabi. For adrenaline seekers and families, consider tours that include access to thrilling theme parks like Ferrari World Abu Dhabi or Yas Waterworld.
  • Every tour includes entry to the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a must-see for any visitor.
  • All city tours include an English-speaking guide who will provide insights about the landmarks and tell you exciting tales about the place and people of Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, our multi-lingual tours offer commentary in various languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Korean.
  • Lunch is not included on all tours. However, most tours offer free time to explore Abu Dhabi's diverse culinary scene. You can find various restaurants and cafes in the souks, local eateries, or other areas at your own expense.

Your Abu Dhabi city tour options explained

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

If you are in Abu Dhabi

  • Ideal for: Visitors already in Abu Dhabi seeking a concise exploration.
  • Tour duration: Half-day (4-6 hours)
  • Highlights: Immerse yourself in the city's cultural heart, visiting iconic landmarks like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the bustling souks.

Recommended experience

Guests at Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi

If you are visiting from Dubai

  • Ideal for: Visitors in Dubai wanting a comprehensive Abu Dhabi experience.
  • Tour duration: Full-day (8-11 hours)
  • Highlights: Travel comfortably from Dubai and explore Abu Dhabi's top attractions, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and bustling cityscapes.

Recommended experience

Qasr al Watan, Abu Dhabi

If you want to discover top city sights

  • Ideal for: Travelers seeking a cultural immersion and exploration of iconic sights.
  • Tour Duration: Half-day or full-day options available.
  • Highlights: Delve into Abu Dhabi's rich heritage, with guaranteed entry to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi, or Qasr Al Watan, depending on your chosen tour.

Recommended experience

Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

If you want to have a day of fun

  • Ideal for: Families and thrill-seekers seeking an action-packed day.
  • Tour Duration: Full day (10-11 hours)
  • Highlights: Unleash your inner child at Yas Island's world-class theme parks, including Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, or Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

Recommended experience

Abu Dhabi city tour: Options and details

Tour name
Duration
Inclusions
Customise your tour
Meal Inclusion
Transfers
Book Tickets
From Dubai: Abu Dhabi City Tour with Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque & Optional Lunch
10 hours
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, English-speaking guide, round-trip transfers from Dubai
Afternoon tour, morning tour, or afternoon tour + lunch
Optional
Yes
From Dubai: Abu Dhabi City Tour with Qasr Al Watan & Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
8 hours
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Qasr Al Watan, English-speaking guide, round-trip transfers from Dubai
-
Not included
Yes
From Dubai: Abu Dhabi City Tour with Ferrari World
10 - 11 hours
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, entry to any 1 Yas Island theme park, English-speaking guide, round-trip transfers from Dubai
Any 1 Yas Island Park: Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World™, SeaWorld, or Ferrari World
Not included
Yes
From Dubai: Abu Dhabi City Tour with Louvre Museum & Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
10 hours
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Louvre Museum, English-speaking guide, round-trip transfers from Dubai
-
Not included
Yes
From Abu Dhabi: Half-Day Guided Tour of Abu Dhabi with Choice of Attraction Tickets
4 - 6 hours
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, English-speaking guide
Louvre Museum, National Aquarium, or any one Yas Island Theme Park
Not included
Yes

Top attractions in Abu Dhabi

Interior courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Witness the epitome of Islamic art and experience a sense of serenity in this magnificent structure. Breathtaking white marble architecture, intricate floral patterns, and the world's largest hand-knotted carpet.

Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Embark on a journey through time and cultures at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This architectural wonder houses a diverse collection of art from around the world, offering a glimpse into various civilizations and historical periods.

Ballroom of Ornamental garden, Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi city, United Arab Emirates

Qasr Al Watan

Step into the heart of Emirati culture at Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential Palace. Explore its grand halls, exquisite craftsmanship, and unique cultural displays to gain a deeper understanding of the nation's heritage and governance.

The Formula Rossa at Ferrari World

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Unleash your inner speed demon at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Experience the world's fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, and other thrilling rides inspired by the legendary Italian marque.

Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi

Yas Waterworld

Beat the heat and have a blast at Yas Waterworld. This water park paradise offers a variety of slides, rides, and attractions for all ages, guaranteeing a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Witness the grandeur of this opulent hotel, famous for its gold-adorned interiors and pristine beach. Experience Emirati hospitality at its finest.

Heritage village, Abu Dhabi

Heritage village

Travel back in time at the Heritage Village. This open-air museum showcases traditional Bedouin life through its exhibits, showcasing local crafts, and cultural demonstrations. Experience an authentic slice of Abu Dhabi's rich past.

Plan your Abu Dhabi city tour

Timings
Transfers
Rules/guidelines
Dining
Shopping
Timings - Abu Dhabi tours
  • Tour duration: Half-day tours span 4-6 hours and start at 9am. Full-day city tours span 8-11 hours. The timing will depend on your chosen tour.
  • The best time to go for an Abu Dhabi city tour is from October to April when the weather is pleasant and comfortable for outdoor exploration. However, this period also tends to attract more crowds. So, if you prioritize cooler temperatures, be prepared for potentially larger groups.
  • While air-conditioned vehicles provide a welcome respite during the city tour, exploring on foot during the summer months of May to September can be challenging due to the scorching heat.
Transfers - Abu Dhabi Tours

All tours include convenient return transfers in air-conditioned vehicles for both half-day and full-day options, ensuring a seamless experience from pickup to drop-off.

Lady at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
  • Dress code: Remember, modesty is vital when visiting religious sites like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This means covering shoulders and knees for both men and women. Opt for loose-fitting clothing and avoid overly revealing outfits. Women may choose to cover their hair with a scarf, although it's not mandatory.
  • Public displays of affection (PDA): While not strictly prohibited, public displays of affection are generally considered inappropriate and should be avoided out of respect for local customs.
  • Photography: Taking photos is generally permitted in most public areas, but asking permission before photographing people is always good practice. Please don't take pictures in government buildings or religious sites.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not mandatory but is appreciated for good service in restaurants and taxis. A small tip of around 10-15% is customary.
  • Ramadan: If visiting during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, be mindful of cultural sensitivities. Expect some restaurants and shops to have adjusted operating hours, and it's advisable to dress even more modestly during this time.
  • Alcohol consumption: Alcohol is legal for non-Muslims over 21 years old in licensed restaurants and bars only. Public consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in most public indoor spaces but is allowed in designated smoking areas.
Dining - Abu Dhabi Tours
  • Lunch: While not typically included in all tours, most tours offer optional lunch add-ons during the booking process.
  • Sample Emirati specialties like:
    Machboos, a fragrant rice dish, often featuring lamb, chicken, or shrimp, is a staple in Emirati cuisine.
    Luqaimat is a popular dessert. These are sweet dumplings soaked in syrup and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Enjoy them with a cup of Arabic coffee for an authentic experience.
    Dates symbolize hospitality and a healthy treat in the region—sample various varieties, including fresh, juicy, dried, and stuffed with nuts.
  • Explore the world by indulging in:
    Lebanese cuisine
    with a mezze spread featuring a variety of small plates like hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel, and tabbouleh.
    Indian cuisine with fragrant curries and buttery naan to tandoori specialties.
    International delicacies are offered at a wide range of restaurants, which serve everything from Italian and Chinese to Japanese and Thai cuisine.
  • Food trucks and local eateries: Explore the city's vibrant food truck scene and hidden gems in the local eateries. These places are known for satiating all your cravings, from authentic Emirati cuisine to burgers, street food, and other regional delicacies.
Shopping - Abu Dhabi Tours
  • Souks: Traditional souks are vibrant and filled with options for souvenirs, spices, textiles, and more.
  • Malls: Abu Dhabi boasts numerous modern malls with a diverse range of international brands and local shops.
  • Yas Island: Yas Island offers various shopping options, from high-end brands to local boutiques.

Frequently asked questions about Abu Dhabi city tours

What types of city tours are available in Abu Dhabi?

We offer a variety of city tours, including half-day and full-day options, tours focused on specific landmarks or activities (like theme parks), and multilingual tours.

What are the key differences between the half-day and full-day city tours?

Duration: Half-day tours typically last 4-6 hours, while full-day tours offer a more comprehensive experience spanning 8-11 hours.
Pace and Coverage: Half-day tours focus on the city's highlights and iconic landmarks, offering a concise exploration. It starts from within Abu Dhabi. Full-day tours provide a deeper dive, allowing you to explore more attractions and delve into the city's culture and history leisurely. It starts in Dubai.
Transfers: Both full-day and half-day tours include transfers to and from.
Inclusions: Some full-day tours include additional inclusions like lunch or entrance fees to more attractions compared to half-day tours

What is included in the ticket price for Abu Dhabi city tour?

Inclusions vary depending on the tour you choose but typically include round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, guided commentary by a professional guide, entrance fees to specific attractions (depending on the tour), and lunch [optional].

Are meals included in the Abu Dhabi city tour?

Most tours do not include lunch, but some offer it as an optional add-on. You can also choose to enjoy local or international cuisine at various restaurants throughout the city.

What is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi for a city tour?

October to April offers pleasant weather, while May to September can be scorching. If you prefer cooler temperatures and don't mind potential crowds, choose the former.

Which Abu Dhabi city tour is best for me if I have limited time?

If you have limited time, a half-day tour is a great option to experience the city's must-sees within a condensed timeframe. This is ideal for travelers on a layover or those wanting a quick city overview.

Can I purchase Abu Dhabi city tour tickets online?

Yes, you can conveniently purchase tickets for your chosen city tour online here.

What is the cancellation policy for Abu Dhabi city tour tickets?

You can cancel tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

What is the dress code for Abu Dhabi city tour?

While there is no specific dress code for most tours, it is recommended to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Opt for long sleeves, pants/skirts below the knee, and a headscarf for women.

What should I bring with me on the Abu Dhabi city tour?

Bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle.