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COVID-19 : ABU DHABI is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 09 Sep 2020
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Leisure travel is allowed with some restrictions. Flights are functional from India, United Kingdom, Germany, Egypt, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Jordan, Switzerland, Serbia, Japan, United States, Maldives, Belgium, Australia, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Canada, Singapore, Netherlands, Malaysia, South Korea, France, Philippines, Oman, Kuwait, Indonesia.

  • Groups of more than 5 people are not allowed in public places
  • Only 3 people are allowed in one car
  • Wearing masks and following social distancing in public areas is mandatory for all travellers
  • Capacity of malls and restaurants are limited to 30%
  • Reopened beaches and museums are allowing 40% of the previous capacity
  • Seating allowance in restaurants is limited to 2-4 customers per table and the tables are separated by 2 metres
  • Individual outdoor sports like cycling, cricket, golf, etc are allowed for people aged 12-60 years
  • Travellers arriving at Abu Dhabi are advised to self-qurantine themselves at home for 14 days
  • Travellers must not allow any visitors to visit them during this period
  • Travellers self-quarantining are advised to follow all safety measures, practice personal hygiene and monitor their symptoms and report to a medical facility if feeling unwellRead more.
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  • Public transport including taxis, buses and metro are running with reduced capacity and enhanced safety measures
  • Public bus services are available from 6 am to 8 pm
  • Wearing masks and maintaining social distance is mandatory for all passengers on public transport
  • In taxis, more than 2 passengers are not allowed

Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all guidelines issued by the government in Abu Dhabi to stay safe. If you're travelling to Abu Dhabi, make sure you have a recent COVID-negative certificate. We also recommend you to practice personal hygiene to ensure your safety.

Indian Citizens with “Any Valid UAE Visa” Can Now Travel to the Arab Nation Updated: 14 Aug 2020

Indian citizens holding any type of UAE visa will now be able to take a flight to the country from India. Read more.

Malls in Abu Dhabi reopen with limited capacity allowed Updated: 13 Aug 2020

Several malls in Abu Dhabi have been reopened to the public with 30% of the capacity allowed to enable visitors to follow social distancing.

Food & beverage outlets in Abu Dhabi reopen Updated: 13 Aug 2020

Several food & beverage outlets in Abu Dhabi have been reopened with various safety measures in place. The outlets will operate at a 30% capacity, a maximum of 4 people allowed per table and a minimum distance of 2.5 m between each table.

COVID-negative certificate mandatory for arriving travellers in Abu Dhabi Updated: 13 Aug 2020

All travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi need to present a COVID-negative certificate from a government-authorized lab, issued not more than 96 hours before departure

Travellers to submit a health declaration form & register on the ALHOSN app Updated: 13 Aug 2020

Travellers arriving at Abu Dhabi need to fill a health declaration form at immigration counter and also need to download and register at the ALHOSN app

Parks & Beaches in Abu Dhabi reopen with limited capacity allowed Updated: 13 Aug 2020

Several parks & beaches in Abu Dhabi including Bani Yas Ladies Park, Shahama Park 2 and 3, and Al Bahia Park have been reopened with various safety measures in place. It is mandatory for visitors to wear masks and follow social distancing as they enter in the premises. Read more.

Various luxury hotels & resorts reopen in Abu Dhabi with safety measures in place Updated: 13 Aug 2020

Various hotels & resorts including Fairmont, InterContinental, Le Méridien, etc, have reopened for travellers visiting Abu Dhabi with enhanced sanitizations and safety protocols to keep their guests safe. Read more.

Wish to go low on budget? Add these striking places to visit in Abu Dhabi for free that are perfect to delve into the rich culture of the quarter. From the age-old tradition of Camel racing to the glorious Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, there is a whole wide array of locales that you can witness with no money.

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If you wish to gape at the modern art then Etihad Modern Art Gallery is the perfect place for you but if the elegant architecture is what you are looking for then Al Jahili Fort is the place for you that you can tour for free.

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Strolling along the serene Al Bateen Beach tops the list of things to do in Abu Dhabi for free, as here you can unwind along with the soothing vibes and feast your eyes with the jaw-dropping displays of sunsets.

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Ranging from the Emirates Heritage Village, Corniche Beach, Marina Mall, and Wahat al Karama there is a wide list of places that you can add in your itinerary plan and witness them will no money at all!

Here are some of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi for free:

01

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This grand palace-like structure is a beautiful mosque that can be visited for free in Abu Dhabi. It is a blindingly and brilliantly gorgeous architecture one can ever see.

One should never miss taking their sunglasses along with them as on a bright sunny day these walls become so reflective due to the white colour of the walls it almost becomes impossible to look. It is known to be one of the largest mosques of The United Arab Emirates. A visit to this humongous mosque is a divine experience.

Location: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9 am till 10 pm except on Friday mornings.

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Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is a place to witness the lavish Arabian lifestyle along with the lip-smacking traditional culinary. Ranging from the upscale interiors to 394 luxurious guesthouses, here one can witness everything.

The hospitality offered by the staff and the wide range of leisure activities, this is the place where one can have the time of his life. The landscaped pools, conference halls, meeting rooms, and garden areas are all elegantly built and one can relax along with them.

The entire Palace reflects the rich culture and striking lavishes of Arabians. If you are wondering what could be free here then the exhibitions are the answer to your question. Featuring the artwork and ancient artefacts, you can embrace a tour to the highlights of the Arab culture.

Location: West Corniche Road - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 24 hours open.

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03

Al Jahili Fort

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Al Jahili Fort

If one has an interest in knowing the cultural heritage and history of Abu Dhabi then Al Jahili Fort is the place for you. Built in the 1890's it focuses on the activities of the philosophy and heritage of The United Arab Emirates.

It is a place to visit for free that provides you with the experience for a lifetime. The stunning fort will definitely allure you with its amazing historical art and structure. Covered by a lush green park this fort has been renowned as the best Earthen Architecture in the world and has been awarded for the same in 2016.

Location: Sultan Bin Zayed Al Awwal St, Al Mutawaa, Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays closed.

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Marina Mall

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Marina Mall

This multi-storied structure beautifully designed is a stunning mall with all types of shops for you. From fashion and eateries to cinemas and play areas for kids this mall is a must visit location when in The United Arab Emirates.

Not just the famous brand stores but you will also be enchanted by the elegant design. It boasts the true meaning of class and luxury in one place. It is surely a place to wonder at and spend time with you your loved ones. With over 140 plus shopping stores and more than 21 dining outlets, there are a lot of options for one to choose from.

Location: Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates

Timings: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Also Read: 15 Best Malls in Abu Dhabi

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Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

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Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum

Things to do in Abu Dhabi for free include visiting this plush museum that flaunts the collection of the cultural heritage of The United Arab Emirates. Holding a place for history and art it also saves a corner for different kinds of performances that one should not miss.

Built-in there is a colossal and beautifully designed auditorium that is meant for the films and the presentations. One also has an option to munch in various cafes and restaurants. Relax while you sit and watch the exciting shows and listen to that traditional music that shows you the golden days of Arab.

Location: Hessa bint Mohamed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, Sundays closed.

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Heritage Village

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Heritage Village

Visit this magnanimous Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi that will make you tour the culture and the history and bring it alive. The place will leave you spellbound as it portrays the beauty of the art showcased by the locales.

In a city full of skyscrapers go around this museum that gives you an experience of the living museum presenting you the crafty pottery and handicrafts. Also one will come to know about the pearl diving industry of The United Arab Emirates.

Location: Near Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi Theatre Rd, Corniche - Breakwater Rd - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Wahat al Karama

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Wahat al Karama

Defining the true meaning of its name 'oasis of dignity ' is a permanent tribute to the United Arab Emirates' martyred soldiers. The war memorial is a beautiful sight to catch up with memories of those brave soldiers who gave away themselves as it commemorates all of them.

It features a combination of three structures namely the leaning pillars, the pavilion of honour, and the elegantly built memorial plaza. The names of all the brave fighters who lost their lives to save the pride of the Arabs are inscribed on the pavilion of honour.

Location: 3rd St Khor - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9:00 am to 10:45 pm.

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Etihad Modern Art Gallery

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Etihad Modern Art Gallery

Adynamic yet multi-functional art space that is established in the heart of Abu Dhabi is the Etihad Modern Art Gallery which will melt your heart away with its exclusive range of modern art.

From the walls featuring the classic artworks of the local artists to the galleries showcasing the exceptional modern art by the world-renowned artists, here one can find everything. Make sure that you keep an eye on the exhibitions schedule as it victuals to a number of events of modern art, and here you can meet and gape at the work of various artists.

Location: Al Bateen Area Villa 15, Al Huwaylat Street (Behind Al Bateen Mall) - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Fridays closed.

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Camel Racing

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Camel Racing

Another one in the list of places to visit in Abu Dhabi for free is the camel racing tracks on the Al Ain road where you can see the high-humped camels rush at high speeds. This is one of the best sports that you witness with your family and spice up your vacations.

The races are mostly held only on the weekends and some special occasions of the Arab calendar. Make sure you reach out early as this is an early morning event and shuts down in the afternoon.

Location: Al Wathba Camel Racing Track or Al Maqam Track.

Timings: 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

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Camel Souk

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Camel Souk

Commonly known as Al Ain Camel Market, the Camel Souk is the perfect place to take a glimpse into the Arab culture. A place where the adult camels come for breeding and a spot where one can witness the Emirati heritage.

Here one can ride the camels, feed them, and also buy artefacts made out of pure camel leather that is just one-of-its-kind. Not only this but here one can even witness the camel racing and have an action-packed day with your family.

Location: Cattle Market, Zayed Bin Sultan Road, Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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The Corniche

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The Corniche

One of the entertaining things to do in Abu Dhabi for free is touring the Corniche. This 8 km wide alley is known for its classic restaurants and hippie cafes that don't charge much and serve amazing delights.

Apart from the places to eat, where one can witness the children play areas or cycle at the pavements made for cycling. The Corniche forms a sweeping curve and is an iconic landmark of Abu Dhabi. The Marina mall is established along with the Corniche and one can add that too in the itinerary plan.

Location: Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 24 hours open.

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Corniche Beach

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Corniche Beach

Dotted with a number of cafes, restaurants, and food joints, Corniche Beach is a great place for seafood lovers. One can not only relish the lip-smacking delights but can even soothe the eyes with the awe-inspiring views of the sunset and sunrise.

The beach trail sprawls over an area of 8 km and that’s what makes it one of the longest beaches of the region. The views from the beach of the eclectic skyline of Abu Dhabi is a plus to its charm and that's what makes it a must visit spot!

Location: Opp. Hilton Hotel to Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

Timings: 24 hours open.

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Al Bateen Beach

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 Al Bateen Beach

One of the most entertaining things to do in Abu Dhabi for free is strolling along with the tranquil setting of Al Bateen Beach. Adorned with the shimmery golden sands and a variety of marine life, this place is a paradise for nature lovers.

The time of sunset and sunrise enhances the beauty of the beach and the contrasting emerald blue waters make it even more beautiful. Whether you are looking for a lone escapade or a scenic spot, this place is perfect for both. If you wish to swim or try hands-on fishing this is the perfect place for you.

Location: Khalifa Al Mubarak Street - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 24 hours open.

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Fruit and Vegetable Souk

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 Fruit and Vegetable Souk

There is no cost to roam around in the Fruit and Vegetable Souk and that is the reason it is one of the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi for free. The juicy fruits and freshly imported vegetables are available in all the markets and the Port Zayed road is known for it.

From the daily veggies to the juicy cranberries here one can find everything at a very nominal price. Make sure that you taste the fresh-cut fruits as they are sold by the local vendors!

Location: Port Zayed - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 7:00 am to 12:00 am.

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Emirates Heritage Village

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Emirates Heritage Village

Take a look into the history of Emirates at the Emirates Heritage Village that is a reconstructed traditional oasis village. Here one can embrace a tour to the mosque, souk, and the exceptional form of architecture.

You can also shop at the in-house shop where you can spot elegant pottery, blowing glass, and other artefacts that are weaved by the local artisans. The village is run by the Emirates Heritage Club and features the artistry of the bygone era.

Location:  Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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