If you’re thinking of heading overseas to teach in Abu Dhabi, you’re likely in the process to searching for what you’d spend your out-of-class time doing while there. To give you an idea of the wide array of things to see and do, we’ve put together a list of our favorites. One thing’s for sure: Abu Dhabi is likely to be one of your most memorable teach abroad experiences.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque — Considered the key worship center in the country, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the eighth largest mosque in the world and the largest in the UAE. It also incorporates architectural materials from all over the world. You’ve likely seen photos of the mosque if you’ve Googled Abu Dhabi at all, but seeing it in person is something entirely different.
Observation Deck at 300 — If you’re looking for a different view of the city and a whole new dining experience, try the Observation Deck. Found on the 74th level of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the Observation Deck is the highest vantage point in Abu Dhabi where visitors can enjoy the ‘highest High Tea’ in the world.
Yas Island — If you’re looking for a great place to escape the heat and have some fun for an afternoon (or a full day!), visit Yas Island. Yas Waterworld has 43 rides, 5 of which are unique to this water park, and a pearl diving experience. There’s also Ferrari World, with 20 more rides to enjoy including Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
Emirates Park Zoo — If it’s wildlife you’re looking for, you’ll find no shortage of it at the Emirates Park Zoo. With elephant encounters, giraffe feedings, a sea lion show, and a full-scale aquarium, the zoo is both an educational and entertaining way to spend the day.
Corniche Beach — Looking for some chill-out time after a busy day at school? Head to Abu Dhabi’s 2 km unisex public beach parallel to the Corniche. It just opened last year and there are plans to add activities to the beach including sports facilities and kayaks.
Mangrove Lagoon National Park — For the eco-adventurers, there’s the Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park, which stretches 8 km along Eastern Ring Road in Abu Dhabi. The mangroves are home to 200 fish and 50 bird species, bottlenose dolphins, and dugongs.
Etihad Modern Art Gallery — As one of the most dynamic art galleries in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Modern Art is a must-see for those interested in experiencing the city’s art scene. Aspiring to promote local art, the gallery showcases the works of both emerging and acclaimed artists. Also offered are workshops and art classes for those looking for a little extra-curricular activity.
Desert Safaris — An absolute must for travelers, a desert safari in and around Abu Dhabi has all the elements any good adventure needs. With several options including Liwa desert safaris, Hatta Mountain safaris, skydiving, hot air balloon tours, and much more.
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