With the start of a new decade, the ‘Ibn Batutta’ in us has already Googled for the best places to visit in 2020. Most of us are gearing up, starting with planning trips, noting down new tourist attractions, checking for cheap flights online and updating our travel bucket list. We, at iEagle, have also done the same and well, taken a step further to provide you with a suggestion for your bucket list.
Given below is a list of new tourist attractions to visit in Abu Dhabi – the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the largest of the seven Emirates.
One does never have to wonder about what to do in Abu Dhabi? The luxurious metropolis is covered with a stylish blend of cultural monuments and breathtaking 21st-century mega structures. The Abu Dhabi tourism 2020 varies from some of the most beautiful mosques to one of the best theme parks in the world and from endless deserts to rustic old towns that give you the feel of Arab culture.
Al Qana National Aquarium
With Al Qana National Aquarium all set to open its doors to the public in 2020, Abu Dhabi’s corniche will have tough competition, sooner than expected. Developed by Al Barakah International Investments, the Al Qana, a waterfront destination, stretches across over 2.4 km and will be the home to the Middle East’s largest aquarium with around 33,000 marine creatures. The creatures will be ethically sourced from across the world, as far as species from the tropical Pacific Ocean, which adds it to the list of best places to visit in Abu Dhabi in 2020. That aside, Al Qana will also house a cinema hall, cycling, and jogging tracks, dedicated areas for indoor and outdoor sports and furnished luxury apartments, making it one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi in 2020.
The Mangrove Walk is a perfect place for nature buffs and adventure junkies. Spread across one million sq ft, the Mangrove National Park will have a stunning boardwalk meandering through it, making it a must-visit place for the best views in Abu Dhabi. Costing the government a whopping AED 5 billion, the Mangrove Walk aims to enrich Abu Dhabi’s eco-tourism. Apart from the stunning nature walk, there will also be myriad entertainment options for families – kayaking, interactive educational lessons on the importance of mangroves in our ecosystem and play areas for children. The mangrove forest also houses around 60,000 species of birds and marine life, exploring which is among the best things to do in Abu Dhabi.
Spread across 2.8 million square feet, the Reem Mall comprises of at least 450 shops including 85 food and beverage outlets and a variety of family-focused entertainment. Reem Mall is located on Reem Island, right in the heart of Abu Dhabi, and cost a whopping AED 4.4 billion. Apart from the parking capacity for 6,800 vehicles, Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall also houses the world’s largest indoor snow park, which, unquestionably, adds it to the list of must-visit tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi. The snow park will feature a total of 13 rides and attractions including Blizzard’s Bazar, snowflake garden and Flurries’ Mountain, apart from the winter wonderland-style characters for kids.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Among the must-visit tourist places in Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is a newly planned art museum spanning across 320,000 square feet, which will be the largest Guggenheim museum in the world upon completion. Located on Saadiyat Island, the museum will have a diverse art collection reflecting upon the Islamic and middle-eastern cultures. This museum is said to be modeled on the Guggenheim Foundation in New York City. The construction began in 2019 and is expected to be completed within a period of four years. Surround by the Persian Gulf on three sides, Saadiyat Island is another inescapable place for the best views in Abu Dhabi.
Flamingo Observation Tower
Located 40 kilometers southeast of Abu Dhabi, Al Wathba Wetland Reserve comprises of five square kilometers of wetlands, fossilized sands and dunes, and salt flats. The reserve is known for its array of over 250 species of plants, animals and aquatic species such as the black-winged stilt and the indigenous spiny-tailed lizard. Moreover, with over 4000 flamingos migrating to this reserve every winter, it gives a heavy competition to other tourist places to visit in Abu Dhabi in 2020.
Club Social is considered Abu Dhabi’s most Instagrammable event, which boasts of the battles of bands, music concerts, fitness activities, land and water sports, other beachside activities, and stalls selling unique mouth-watering dishes. Various family-friendly workshops are also organized here. Club Social, one of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi, promises loads of outdoor fun.