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About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates and on first glance appears to be a striking modern wonder. However look past the futuristic skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and endless shopping malls and you'll see that the cultures of an older society still remain.

Before Abu Dhabi struck (black) gold with its rich oil reserves, it was at the centre of the pearl industry - you can see the traditional dhows used for both pearl diving and fishing along the harbour. The Heritage Village living museum offers a more in depth look at ancient cultures, while for an insight into today's way of life, head to Khalifa Park, a popular recreation landmark for residents and visitors.

 

Shore excursions in Abu Dhabi

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Abu Dhabi City Highlights

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the best of Abu Dhabi and soak up the city’s culture and heritage.

Abu Dhabi’s best features are on display on this fascinating city tour. You’ll visit the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the opulent vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates. The next stop is the Qasr Al Hosn Centre, which houses an interesting exhibition of the story of Abu Dhabi and its people. The centre, which was the first permanent building on the island, is linked closely with the origins of the city and has stood the test of time through its evolution.

Your drive will continue past the five-star Emirates Palace hotel for a photo stop at the breakwater, which offers breathtaking views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline. A short walk brings you to the Heritage Village, where the culture and traditions of the emirate are reflected in recreated village scenes. From here, a drive along the glittering tower-lined Corniche brings you back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entry to the mosque will be refused if the correct clothing is not worn. The security guards are very strict. Clothing must not be white, animal print, tight-fitting or transparent. Clothing must be loose-fitting with long sleeves that cover the wrists. Clothing must cover legs to the ankles and women must take a headscarf to cover their heads. Shoes must be removed before entering the mosque. There is approximately 1 hour of intermittent walking on this tour, over mostly flat and paved surfaces.

Abu Dhabi City Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the magic of Abu Dhabi. Amazing photo opportunities abound, particularly at the opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Your tour begins with a visit to the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Envisioned by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, the opulent landmark was brought to life by his son, current president Sheikh Khalifa.

The next stop is Zayed Centre, a museum that houses presidential memorabilia including Sheikh Zayed’s favourite cars, rifles and gifts received from royalty from all over the world. Your drive continues past the Emirates Palace hotel for a photo stop at the man-made breakwater, which offers breathtaking skyline views.

A short walk brings you to the Heritage Village, where the culture and traditions of the emirate are reflected in recreated village scenes that provide a glimpse into the simpler life and times before the discovery of oil in the country. From here, a drive along the tower-lined Corniche brings you back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entry to the mosque will be refused if the correct clothing is not worn. The security guards are very strict. Clothing must not be white, animal print, tight-fitting or transparent. Clothing must be loose-fitting with long sleeves that cover the wrists. Clothing must cover legs to the ankles and women must take a headscarf to cover their heads. Shoes must be removed before entering the mosque. There is approximately 1 hour of intermittent walking on this tour, over mostly flat and paved surfaces, but there are several steps at the Zayed Centre.

Abu Dhabi RIB Ride Experience

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

Step aboard a RIB for a thrilling boat ride around the Corniche bay.

See Abu Dhabi’s stunning sights from the water on an exhilarating RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ride around the Corniche bay.

You’ll be driven past the beautiful palm tree-lined Corniche on your way to the Emirates Palace Marina. Here, you’ll board your RIB powerboat and whizz off around the bay, taking in the city skyline views and coastline sights.

Your RIB ride will cruise by the Cultural Heritage Village Site and take you the full length of the bay. You’ll pause at the fisherman’s village before heading further out into the open water, where you’ll pass the man-made Lulu Island. When your RIB ride is over, you’ll head back to the Emirates Palace Marina for the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and RIB. It is a customs requirement for all participants to carry a copy of their passports. Those who fail to do so will not be permitted on the tour. Pregnant women and children may not participate. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions that may be affected by a fast RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ride. Lifejackets must be worn. This tour is dependent on favourable sea conditions, and may be cancelled at short notice. Guests may be requested to their remove shoes once on board the RIB. The RIB ride will last around 50 minutes.

Al Ain Highlights

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 9 hours

Enjoy a great day out, taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Garden City of Al Ain.

Your day begins with a visit to the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, where you can discover incredible architecture and gain insight into the culture and religion of the people of Abu Dhabi. Next, you’ll continue through mesmerising desert scenery towards the Hajar Mountains, where you’ll visit the Al Ain National Museum and explore historical artefacts that date from the Stone Age through to the foundation of the United Arab Emirates.

Nearby at the lush Al Ain Oasis, you can learn about the ancient falaj irrigation system, which was developed by the Persians more than 3,000 years ago, before visiting the Al Ain Palace Museum, the former residence of the late president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. You can then explore the Al Ain market, the last of its kind in the United Arab Emirates, before enjoying a sumptuous buffet lunch at a city hotel.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entry to the mosque will be refused if the correct clothing is not worn. The security guards are very strict. Clothing must not be white, animal print, tight-fitting or transparent. Clothing must be loose-fitting with long sleeves that cover the wrists. Clothing must cover legs to the ankles and women must take a headscarf to cover their heads. Shoes must be removed before entering the mosque. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, over mostly paved surfaces, with 25 steps at the museum.

Al Maya Island Resort

Activity medium

Duration: 7 hours

With its white sandy beach and turquoise waters, Al Maya Island Resort is the perfect getaway.

Dreaming of feeling your toes in the sand? The Al Maya Island & Resort, located three nautical miles offshore, is a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi.

From the port, you’ll take a coach ride to the jetty to join the Al Maya Island shuttle boat. At the resort, you’ll have around five hours to spend as you please – relax in the sun, enjoy the beach or take a dip in the pool. Towels, sunbeds and a shared umbrella are included. Lunch and refreshments can be purchased at the resort’s restaurant.

After a relaxing day, you’ll hop back on the shuttle boat and head back to Abu Dhabi.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. Children under three may not participate. The resort and shuttle boat are not exclusive to P&O Cruises and can be busy at peak times. There is varying terrain, which includes some uneven ground and gravel. A degree of agility is required when boarding the boat. Those who suffer with seasickness should take the necessary medication. Please bring swimwear and sun protection, and local currency for purchases. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming.

 

A selection of cruises to Abu Dhabi

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