Abu Dhabi Photo Gallery: An Amazing Modern City
Experience the Yas Marina Circuit louder, faster and in person: if you are a motorsport fan, booking a track experience is a unique opportunity. Yas Racing offers a variety of options, to suit all tastes. A series of track day packages are available, including ‘Driver Experiences’, ‘Passenger Experiences’, ‘Private Driving Tuition’ programmes and ‘Racing License Courses’. For more info, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
The Yas SuperSport SST package gets you in a 2-seater open-cockpit Le Mans-style race car, equipped with a highly tuned four-cylinder racing engine that will blow you away. Master the corners of our Formula 1® circuit and compete with the wind. Price: AED 1,200 / US$ 327
The closest you'll get to personally driving a Formula 1® -style vehicle, featuring a 3000cc V6 created by renowned engine-builder Cosworth, is while booking a seat behind the wheel of the Formula Yas 3000. On-board cameras will capture all the action and preserve this incredible memory for you. Price: AED 1,500 / US$ 409
For a perfect experience of handling turns on the official Formula 1® circuit, drive the Aston Martin GT4 race car. It's light, with the smooth curves of a road-friendly Vantage and a 4.7-litre V8 engine. Price: AED 1,500 / US$ 409
Feel the high-octane adrenaline rush as you go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds at the Yas Drag Racing Strip in a 400-horsepower 6.2-litre V8 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Price: AED 650
Yas Marina Circuit is opening its north circuit to all drifters during its Yas Drift Nights. Come and experience the raw thrill of sliding and swerving around a section of the circuit in your very own street legal vehicle. Once your vehicle receives approval, each car will run alone on the track for a two minute duration. Racing will not be permitted between drifters. You can enjoy as many runs as possible within the four-hour session (8pm -12am). Price AED 600 / US$ 164" data-caption="YAS MARINA CIRCUIT<br /> <br />Experience the Yas Marina Circuit louder, faster and in person: if..." data-title="Yas Marina Circuit Cars, Abu Dhabi" alt="" title="Yas Marina Circuit Cars, Abu Dhabi" data-no-lazy="1" itemprop="thumbnailUrl" data-envira-srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Marina-Circuit-Cars-Abu-Dhabi.jpg 400w,https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Marina-Circuit-Cars-Abu-Dhabi.jpg 2x" data-envira-width="350" data-envira-height="146" srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Marina-Circuit-Cars-Abu-Dhabi.jpg 2x" data-safe-src="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Marina-Circuit-Cars-Abu-Dhabi.jpg" />
A true architectural triumph, this five star iconic hotel is the only one in the world to straddle an F1 race track being breathtakingly built half on land and half over water.
The hotel’s main feature is its unique ‘grid shell’ - a 219 metre expanse of sweeping curvilinear glass and steel covering that drapes over the two hotel towers, linked by a bridge that crosses the F1 circuit. The ‘grid shell’ features a lighting system incorporating video feeds that are transmitted over 5,096 diamond shaped, color changing glass panels. The optical effect is stunning, reflecting thousands of colored lights against the surrounding sky, sea and desert landscape." data-caption="YAS VICEROY<br /><br />A true architectural triumph, this five star iconic hotel is the only one in..." data-title="Yas Hotel" alt="" title="Yas Hotel" data-no-lazy="1" itemprop="thumbnailUrl" data-envira-srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Hotel.jpg 400w,https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Hotel.jpg 2x" data-envira-width="350" data-envira-height="128" srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Hotel.jpg 2x" data-safe-src="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Yas-Hotel.jpg" />
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque's first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.
Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colors shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
Ramadan opening hours: During the Holy Month the mosque is open daily, except Friday, from 9am to 2pm, with last entry at 1.30pm.
Visitors’ Tip: Why not finish sight-seeing or shopping for the day and take the 5pm ‘Sunset Tour’? Get to the mosque around 4:30pm – a wonderful time to take photos – to wind down and chill out for 20 minutes in the lovely, afternoon breeze before the tour.
Opening hours: Unlike other mosques in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily to visitors, except on Friday morning, which is for worshippers only. The opening hours are 9am to 10pm (last entry at 9.30 pm) – Saturday to Thursday and 4.30pm to 10pm on Fridays. Complimentary one hour guided tours run (Sun-Thurs) at 10am, 11am and 5pm. Friday times are 5pm and 7pm and Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm." data-caption="SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE<br /> <br />This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest..." data-title="Sheikh Zayed Mosque_1" alt="" title="Sheikh Zayed Mosque_1" data-no-lazy="1" itemprop="thumbnailUrl" data-envira-srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sheikh-Zayed-Mosque_1.jpg 400w,https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sheikh-Zayed-Mosque_1.jpg 2x" data-envira-width="295" data-envira-height="233" srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sheikh-Zayed-Mosque_1.jpg 2x" data-safe-src="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sheikh-Zayed-Mosque_1.jpg" />
The world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park is home to a winning mix of Ferrari inspired rides and attractions, the biggest Ferrari Store and a range of authentic Italian dining options, so there’s plenty of choice for the whole family!
Beneath its gigantic, iconic red roof it houses numerous high-adrenaline rides including the spectacular new Flying Aces ride, featuring the highest rollercoaster loop in the world, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa, with a top speed of 250kmph in 4.9 seconds, family-friendly attractions, state-of-the-art simulators, electric-powered go-karts, live shows and an inspiring treasure of racing memorabilia! Open 365 days a year, at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi the fun never stops as it offers a unique experience for visitors of every age in a refreshing, indoor, climate-controlled environment." data-caption="FERRARI WORLD<br /> <br />The world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park is home to a winning mix..." data-title="Ferrari World Abu Dhabi_1" alt="" title="Ferrari World Abu Dhabi_1" data-no-lazy="1" itemprop="thumbnailUrl" data-envira-srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ferrari-World-Abu-Dhabi_1.jpg 400w,https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ferrari-World-Abu-Dhabi_1.jpg 2x" data-envira-width="350" data-envira-height="233" srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ferrari-World-Abu-Dhabi_1.jpg 2x" data-safe-src="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ferrari-World-Abu-Dhabi_1.jpg" />
A real iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, this luxurious hotel blends Arabian splendor with the latest technology to create a magical and memorable experience. During daytime, the hotel’s golden-sandy colour contrasts with its fresh green gardens, silvery water fountains and the blue sky. At night, the hotel’s lighting changes subtly, featuring a majestic rainbow-changing effect over the main dome.
The main Palace building stretches over a kilometer from wing to wing, and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 meters above ground. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior. The Palace has 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes. Another memorable Palace feature is its two handmade wall display carpets, portraying the Palace itself and each weighing a tonne." data-caption="EMIRATES PALACE<br /> <br />A real iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, this luxurious hotel blends Arabian..." data-title="Emirates Palace" alt="" title="Emirates Palace" data-no-lazy="1" itemprop="thumbnailUrl" data-envira-srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Emirates-Palace.jpg 400w,https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Emirates-Palace.jpg 2x" data-envira-width="291" data-envira-height="233" srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Emirates-Palace.jpg 2x" data-safe-src="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Emirates-Palace.jpg" />
In the heart of the city, the Al Ain Oasis has been opened as the UAE’s first curated UNESCO World Heritage site visitor experience. Spread over 1,200 hectares (nearly 3,000 acres) and containing more than 147,000 date palms of up to 100 different varieties, this impressive oasis is filled with palm plantations, many of which are still working farms.
The cool, shady walkways transport you from the heat and noise of the city to a tranquil haven; all you will hear is birdsong and the rustle of the palm fronds. The site introduces visitors to the delicate oasis eco-system and the importance it has played in the development of the emirate. The oasis landscape of Al Ain is shaped by a complex shared water supply based on both wells and ‘aflaj’, the UAE’s traditional irrigation system. Al Ain Oasis has plenty of working examples of the falaj which have been used for centuries to tap into underground wells." data-caption="AL AIN OASIS<br /> <br />In the heart of the city, the Al Ain Oasis has been opened as the UAE’s..." data-title="Al Ain Oasis UNESCO World Heritge Site" alt="" title="Al Ain Oasis UNESCO World Heritge Site" data-no-lazy="1" itemprop="thumbnailUrl" data-envira-srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Al-Ain-Oasis-UNESCO-World-Heritge-Site.jpg 400w,https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Al-Ain-Oasis-UNESCO-World-Heritge-Site.jpg 2x" data-envira-width="350" data-envira-height="233" srcset="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Al-Ain-Oasis-UNESCO-World-Heritge-Site.jpg 2x" data-safe-src="https://www.gonomad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Al-Ain-Oasis-UNESCO-World-Heritge-Site.jpg" />
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