Ideal duration: 1-2 Days
Best time: November-March
Nearest Airport: Abu Dhabi International Airport
Located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, at the westermost tip of the region, Madinat Zayed is a story of opposing identities. It is a major and most prominent administrative district in Al Gharbia. However, it is also well-known for a festival that consists of a beauty pageant for camels called Al Dhafra Festival. It also features several quirky and entertaining events such as a traditional market, races and several social events.
It is a modern city connected well by the E45 road connecting it to E11 in the north and Liwa Oasis in the south. Nearby is the Habshan gas field which is an important natural resource. Madinat Zayed is regarded as one of Abu Dhabi’s premier destinations for buying gold. With over 400 kiosks and stores, the Madinat Zayed shopping complex is a thriving hub of commerce.
Fun City is located in Madinat Zayed and one of the best places to go if you are with kids. It offers various art games which will keep your children interested and excited throughout your stay.
Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre
Madinat Zayed Shopping Center is one of the most visited places in the city. It has over 400 shops which sell everything from the finest of Gold and Diamond jewellery. You can also enjoy a variety of food options and buy a variety of jewellery and electricals at cheap prices.
Liwa Oasis is a large Oasis located close to Madinat Zayed. If you are visiting Madinat Zayed, make sure to go visit this Oasis too because of the lush beauty of the place. It is the historical home of the leaders of Abu Dhabi Emirate, the Nahyan Family. The cultivated palm forests in the middle of the desert may come off as a surprise to some visitors.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque of the country located in Abu Dhabi which is not far from Madinat Zayed. It is the place where several people come for daily prayers. During Eid, the number of visitors can increase to 42,000. It is a modern structure designed between 1996-2007. The place is lofted with marble domes held afoot by over a thousand pillars. It is completely white and is maintained very well throughout the years. It is certainly a must-visit place.
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