BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
What's On Dubai|August 2021
Feel like you’ve seen all that the capital has to offer? Think again…
Harriet Shephard

Secret islands, amazing architecture, natural wonders and more all await, and some of them are still relatively undiscovered. Check out these six amazing off the beaten track spots in Abu Dhabi

1 BANI HASHIM MOSQUE

Of course, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is breathtakingly beautiful, but for an alternative culture fix that you haven’t visited every single time your family or friends are in town, we recommend hopping across the Grand Canal to the more understated, but equally gorgeous, Bani Hashim Mosque. Adorned with a sparkling gold dome and gorgeous blue and turquoise engravings, it’s a super impressive and intricate example of Islamic architecture. Built as a direct replica of the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem, spending a few moments admiring the stunning facade of this special place is a humbling experience.

Near Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Rabdan, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi.

2 AL WATHBA LONG SALT LAKE

Admittedly, more and more people have started to flock here over the last few months. But still, only the truly dedicated Abu Dhabi explorers have seen this utterly sensational, Insta-worthy attraction in person. Boasting crystal clear, azure waters dotted with ethereal, mushroom-shaped salt formations, it almost looks like it was purposefully made for a photoshoot. But no, whilst the channel that holds Al Wathba Long Salt Lake might be manmade, the striking floating islands of sodium chloride are totally natural. Hopping from one to the other is a thrill like you’ve never known, but please tread carefully and take care not to damage them. This mesmerizing lagoon is only about an hour’s drive from downtown Abu Dhabi, and while you’re there you may as well check out the slightly more famous, and just as otherworldly, Fossil Dunes formations. You only live once after all...

Al Wathba Desert, Abu Dhabi.

3 KASHTA RENTAL BOATS

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