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Abu Dhabi Culture

Sheikh Zayed Majlis at Al Ain Oasis Hospital

The Sheikh Zayed Majlis at Al Ain’s Oasis Hospital is a must-see attraction that highlights the history and development of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi’s lush garden city, and the start of modern healthcare in the UAE. Located at the entrance of the Oasis Hospital, Sheikh Zayed Majlis (majlis means ‘the sitting place’ in Arabic) houses a photo exhibition that narrates the progress of Al Ain in the development of the region’s healthcare industry, as well as the important role of the Oasis Hospital, the first hospital in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Emirates National Auto Museum

If you’re looking for a quirky place to take some impressive photographs, head to this gem. A great place to stop on the way to or from Liwa, and some 45 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi city, this ‘pyramid’ houses around 200 cars belonging to His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

You’ll find a vast collection of off-road vehicles and classic American cars, the Sheikh’s Mercedes rainbow collection and the world’s largest truck. Some of the collection has even been featured on the BBC television programme, Top Gear.

Opening times are 9am to 6pm seven days a week, but are subject to change. Entry costs AED 50 and children under 10 enter for free.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating and fostering the spirit of openness between cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, this art-lovers’ dream displays works of historical, cultural and sociological significance, from ancient times to the contemporary era.

The Founders Memorial

This unique cultural attraction celebrates the life, legacy and values of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, known as the Father of the Nation. This memorial offers locals and international travelers a unique way to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the UAE, with experiences designed to reveal aspects of the country’s broader social, cultural and environmental heritage, from art to stories, exhibitions and more.

Spread over 3.3 hectares of beautifully landscaped public space boasting indigenous flora, the memorial features a Sanctuary Garden including seating areas and a traditional falaj (ancient irrigation system), a Heritage Garden rich with medicinal desert plants, and an elevated walkway offering captivating views of the Arabian Gulf, the city’s dazzling skyline, and the centerpiece of The Founder’s Memorial, The Constellation.

Al Ain Museum

History buffs will fall in love with this charming museum that tells the story of the UAE’s ancient history. This is the oldest museum in the UAE, established in 1969 under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE and affectionately known as Father of the Nation. Built to chart the history of Al Ain from the Stone Age through to the foundation of the UAE in 1971, the museum houses artefacts recovered from the many archaeological sites scattered across the region, including flint tools and arrowheads dating back to the sixth millennium BCE.

Cultural Foundation

In 1971 the UAE was born, and with it, a new cultural vision. From the very beginning, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – the founder of the UAE, endearingly named Father of the Nation – wanted to engage the country in cross-cultural dialogue with the wider international community. 

 

Observation Deck at 300

Located in Etihad Towers’ second tower, on level 74 of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Observation Deck at 300 is the highest vantage point in Abu Dhabi. Soak up uninterrupted, birds-eye views 300 metres above the UAE capital and capture impressive photos of the city skyline, Corniche and Arabian Gulf. The café is famous for its afternoon high tea, offering impressive tea blends and freshly ground coffee served with sweet and savoury treats. Be sure to try the exclusive TWG Tea Grand Crus Prestige blends such as Silver Moon Tea, Brothers Club Tea, and White House Tea, or sip on the venue’s signature mocktail, the Etihad Sparkler.

Entrance is AED 95, with a credit voucher of AED 55 attached to the entrance fee. This can be redeemed on the day of your visit. The price per person for afternoon high tea is AED 250.

Jebel Hafit Tombs

Situated in the foothills of the imposing Jebel Hafit mountain, Abu Dhabi’s largest peak, you will find more than 500 ancient tombs, known as the Jebel Hafit Tombs. These 5,000-year-old structures mark the beginning of the Bronze Age in the UAE, with excavations by Danish archaeologists in 1959 finding evidence of ceramic vessels and copper artefacts there, indicating the importance of maritime trade across the Arabian Gulf even then.

Al Jahili Fort

Since opening its gates in 2008, Al Jahili Fort – set in Abu Dhabi’s lush garden city of Al Ain, about an hour and a half away from the capital – has been a focal point of activities associated with the philosophy, culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi. Al Jahili is one of the largest forts in the UAE, built in the 1890s on the orders of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, also known as Zayed the First, as the home to members of the ruling Al Nahyan family.