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World Tourism Day 2022: Six Abu Dhabi Locations for Cultural Immersion

Abu Dhabi provides a wide variety of top cultural attractions and venues where visitors may enjoy amazing culture and art. Explore a world beyond shopping centres and malls on this World Tourism Day, from the serenity of Al Ain to the wonder of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

By visiting these six locations in the capital of the UAE, you may mould your own voyage of personal discovery.


Abu Dhabi Louvre

Enter the renowned Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Arab World, which translates and promotes the idea of intercultural understanding. This art lover’s paradise is one of the top cultural institutions on Saadiyat Island and showcases artwork with historical, cultural, and social value from antiquity to the modern period.

There are nine thousand two hundred square metres of galleries to explore, including a permanent gallery and a temporary exhibition that has been enhanced by loans from renowned French institutions includes the Musee du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, and the Musee d’Orsay.

The structure itself is a work of art created by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel. The stunning building was influenced by the region’s rich architectural traditions and the museum’s exceptional setting, where the Arabian sky meets the dunes of Marina Mall and the waves of the Arabian Gulf, as well as by water and the subtle play of reflected light.

Al Hosn Qasr

There are areas in Abu Dhabi where time seems to have stopped nearly entirely despite the city’s constant evolution. One of them is Qasr Al Hosn. When you see it in person, Abu Dhabi’s gleaming skyline surrounds the oldest existing structure in the city, creating a striking contrast between the past and present.

The royal dynasty previously resided at Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Hosn, which was constructed in the 1790s. 2018 saw the completion of the building’s transformation into a museum after 10 years of extensive conservation and extremely careful repair work.

The Inner Fort, erected in 1795, and the Outer Palace, constructed between 1939 and 1945, are the first recognisable structures you will encounter as you arrive. Slowly raise your gaze to the old watchtower in the distance. Every section of Qasr Al Hosn is fascinating to explore, making you wish you could stay longer.

Spending a few hours learning about the intriguing past of the UAE capital or perusing artefacts and archive records from 6,000 years ago is a simple way to pass the time. Children will have a feeling of adventure while exploring the crevices of this historic building, which will make for fantastic story time material.

Historic Village

Family-friendly visitors may learn about the traditional way of living in the desert at Abu Dhabi’s Heritage Village. The village is a living time capsule featuring a mosque, souk (market), and camp that are designed to reflect life in the pre-modern UAE.

The traditional oasis village, which is close to the city centre on Marina Mall Island, provides a window into Abu Dhabi’s past. You may buy, find artefacts here, and watch craftspeople weave fabric on a loom, produce pottery, and blow glass.

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