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    Activities to do in Abu Dhabi

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    Abu Dhabi is thoughtfully customized to spoil you in pure luxury. The city offers deluxe activities perfect for those who are looking for a luxury experience.

    Ride the world’s fastest roller coaster

    Ferrari World is the world’s first Ferrari themed park located on the shores of Yas Island and home to two record breaking rides. The amusement park is known for its roller coaster Formula Rossa, which is the fastest roller coaster in the world. After scaling heart-racing heights of 52 metres and with the adrenalin rush of 4.8Gs riding high, you’ll cross the finish feeling like a true Scuderia Ferrari champion. The park offers luxury, adventure and style that give everyone an unforgettable experience. You can also take a real Ferrari for a drive here.

    Drive a luxury car on a real race track

    Formula 1 fans can have the ride of their dreams at the Yas Marina Circuit. Car enthusiasts can choose from amazing sports cars such as the Aston Martin GT4, Mercedes-AMG, Jaguar F-type S Coupe, Chevrolet Camaro, or the Formula Yas 3000 for an exhilarating ride of a lifetime. For someone who does not know how to drive, they can still get the same experience as a passenger riding their vehicle of choice with a professional driver made available at the circuit. Visitors can also check the schedule of the Grand Prix races at the circuit to watch a live Formula 1 race from the main grandstand.

    Enjoy a 24 karat gold tea at the Emirates Palace

    Le Café’s signature Palace Cappuccino is the epitome of indulgence at the Emirates Palace.  This superior blend of aromatic coffee is sprinkled with 23 karat gold flakes to give a taste of royalty, making it unlike anything guests have ever tried before. Served on a polished silver tray, the cappuccino is served with a special date and dark chocolate. Apart from the cappuccino, a tea set for two at the café also includes a fine tea selection, freshly baked scones, sandwiches, desserts, and optional glasses of champagne for an additional cost. Guests can delight their taste-buds with a truly lavish and regal experience.

    Go luxury sailing on Catamaran Island Cruise

    Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by going sailing on the Belevari Marine Catamaran Island and Sunset Cruise. Bask in the sea breezes and sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf on a 4-hour catamaran cruise from Abu Dhabi while admiring the most remarkable landscapes of the Arabian Gulf shoreline. Guests can sink into beanbags on the catamaran trampoline or deck, soak up the rays and watch for dolphins as a professional skipper pilots their boat to a private sandy island. Drop anchor and they can enjoy two hours to sunbathe or swim and snorkel, perhaps jumping from the trampoline into the iridescent waters.

    Watch the sunset in an evening desert safari

    Take a break from the city and escape to the sand dunes on a desert safari – a quintessential Arabian experience which is fun for the whole family. Tourists can enjoy genuine Arabian culture and have a gratifying luxurious experience of Abu Dhabi Desert Safari. A tour generally includes dune bashing, camel riding, and seeing desert animals up close. Tourists can also experience the thrill of riding a quad bike sand boarding as the sun sets. Another highlight is a romantic dinner set in a Bedouin tent with live belly dancing, henna artists, shisha lounges and live entertainment under the starry night sky.

    Do luxury shopping at the best malls

    Abu Dhabi is known for their boutiques and world-class shopping facilities. The capital city of Arab Emirates is home to some of the most luxury brands in the world. Abu Dhabi Mall, Yas Marina Mall, Avenue at Etihad – for boutique shopping, is also known for the most chic and elegant shopping. Among others, Paris Avenue, Souk Central Market, The Galleria and Carpet Souk are some other elegant shopping places. Combined with world-class entertainment venues, top luxury fashion brands, fine dining optons and urban parks catering to family activities, these malls are perfect for tourists wanting to shop and enjoy family time.

    Enjoy shisha with friends

    Tourists who come to Abu Dhabi can hang out with friends for an occasional smoke at some of the best shisha spots in the city. There are multiple single and combinations of flavours to choose from such as grape and mint, rose, lemon and mint, double apple, bubble gum and mint, strawberry, watermelon, cherry, and salloum (unflavoured, pure tobacco), the most unusual one, flower, which has a light flavour. They can relax at stylish rooftop pool bars while soaking up spectacular views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. There are also incredible waterside and desert shisha spots for that exotic Arabian experience.

    Indulge in a luxurious spa session

    Guests can have a relaxing spa day at Anantara Spa, one of Abu Dhabi’s finest spas at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. They can indulge in a beautiful Arabian setting surrounded by the soft sands of the Liwa Desert and traditional therapies that blend with ancient Thai techniques with curative, all-natural ingredients, from rubies to rose milk and black olive soap. Guests have four couples’ suites, a spa villa, traditional Moroccan hammam and an ice room to choose from. There are a variety of spa treatments such as body wraps, local and modern massage styles, tropical facials, cocoons and nail services that will leave them feeling pampered and relaxed.