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From the rolling dunes of the Empty Quarter to the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi’s natural landscapes are ripe for exploring. But the city has its own attractions too, with extraordinary architecture and spectacular museums.

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Discover a Triumph of Islamic Architecture

The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an impressive welcome to Abu Dhabi, and guests of Shangri-La are lucky enough to see glimpses of it from the hotel.


This masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture and design features 1,096 amethyst-and-jasper-embedded columns, 82 white marble domes, reflective pools, gold-plated Swarovski chandeliers and a courtyard featuring one of the largest marble mosaic artworks in the world. As one of the few mosques in the region open to non-Muslims, this is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Emirates.

Find Adventure in the Desert

Leave the skyscrapers behind and enjoy a thrilling desert safari during your stay. We’ll help you book an adrenaline-filled adventure where you’ll do some dune-bashing, visit a camel farm, watch the sunset over the sand dunes and visit a traditional Bedouin campsite where you’ll try your hand at camel riding along with henna painting, belly dancing and shisha while feasting on a BBQ dinner under the starlit sky.

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Bord Eau by Nicolas Isnard

Spearheaded by the creativity of a French culinary mastermind, Bord Eau by Nicolas Isnard invites you on an epicurean journey shaped by Chef Isnard's extensive travels around the world. Experience the adventurous spirit of a Michelin Starred chef through a menu that transcends borders and traditions, presenting dishes that are both innovative and deeply rooted in culinary excellence.

Visit the Largest Art Museum in the Middle East
Now you don’t have to visit Paris to go to the Louve! Just a short drive from the hotel, the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World. Designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the museum encompasses 9,200 sqm of galleries, including a Permanent Gallery and a Temporary Gallery enriched by loans from notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, and Centre Pompidou. 

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Take a Traditional Abra Boat Ride to the Souk

Hop on a traditional Arabic boat, known as abras, and glide through the winding waterways that connect the Qaryat Al Beri complex. Start at either Shangri-La or Traders hotel and marvel at the authentic Arabian architecture set within lush gardens before you stop at Souk Qaryat Al Beri, a contemporary adaptation of a typical Arabian market. Here you’ll find enjoy a wide array of restaurants, cafés, shops and stalls selling everything from jewelry to clothes, perfumes, antiques, and carpets with a hint of Emirati culture.


Explore Abu Dhabi's Latest Lifestyle Destination


Located directly opposite the Qaryat Al Beri complex you’ll find the newly opened Al Qana, a unique waterfront destination that spans across over 146,000 sqm. Here you’ll find a collection of attractions including waterside eateries, cinema experiences, the Middle East’s largest aquarium - home to 46,000 creatures and 300 species, a yacht marina, retail boutiques and a virtual reality & e-sports arena.

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Relax with an Arabian Hammam Ritual

If you’re looking for a place of enchantment and well-being, look no further than our signature Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La.


Here you’ll find a unique blend of treatments rooted in Arabian tradition and Asian rituals. Relax with our Emirates Hammam ritual which starts with indigo hammam soap made with traditional neela minerals, followed by a soak in camel’s milk and an exfoliation treatment of ground zaatar and a blend of 5 different species of wild mint. Finally, your skin is lathered in nourishing dates and finished with saffron oil.

Indulge in an Authentic Arabian Dining Experience

Experience the culinary essence of Abu Dhabi with Shangri-La’s Dine by Design programme. A mesmerizing Arabian boho-chic dinner on the beach under a classic Bedouin gazebo sets the stage for you to create unforgettable memories with family, friends and loved ones. A private butler will be on-hand all evening to grant every wish and dessert and shisha under the starry sky after your meal is sure to make the night sparkle.

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