Writer Lina Molloholli highlights attractions to add to itineraries in the UAE capital
1. Stay at the Mondrian Abu Dhabi
In 2024, visitors will be able to sunbathe with a cocktail in hand at the lagoon at the all-new Mondrian Abu Dhabi. The 221-room hotel will house six restaurants and bars, a stone's throw from Abu Dhabi's famous Corniche. Stretched along the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, the five-mile Corniche waterfront is renowned for its meticulous urban design, blending verdant parks with pristine white-sand beaches. Along the promenade, visitors will find cycle paths, children’s play areas and seaside cafes, all set against a skyline of towering modern architecture and cultural landmarks.
2. Visit Snow Abu Dhabi
Tucked inside the Reem Mall, this indoor snow park, which opened in June 2023, provides a cool escape from the heat – a winter wonderland for powder enthusiasts of all ages. Visitors can enjoy exhilarating activities such as snowboarding, tobogganing and snowball fights amid the backdrop of an Alpine-style village. Families can also partake in frosty experiences such as building a snowman. skidxb.com/en-ae/snow-abu-dhabi
3. Attend the Sheikh Zayed Festival
Taking place every weekend until 9 March 2024, the Sheikh Zayed Festival celebrates Abu Dhabi’s heritage and innovation. Honouring the UAE’s founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the festival is testament to the nation’s way of life, but also features pavilions and displays from countries ranging from Bosnia to Pakistan. From traditional Arabian horse riding to technological exhibits, the event is a showcase of global cultures. zayedfestival.ae
4. Explore TeamLab Phenomena
This art gallery with a twist is due to open in the blooming Saadiyat Cultural District in 2024. Conceived by the creatives at Tokyo-based TeamLab, the uniquely shaped gallery is an immersive journey through cutting-edge installations sitting at the crossroads of art and technology. Visitors are transported into an interactive digital realm and invited to navigate through vibrant landscapes that respond to movement and touch.