Abu Dhabi Self-Guided Tour (South-West), Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to a number of well-maintained parks and gardens, equally great for recreation, fun, and amusement. The city is also home to the most expensive hotel ever built, which clearly reflects the magnificence and luxury of the UAE capital.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Abu Dhabi Self-Guided Tour (South-West) Map

Guide Name: Abu Dhabi Self-Guided Tour (South-West)
Guide Location: United Arab Emirates » Abu Dhabi (See other walking tours in Abu Dhabi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: leticia
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The Emirates Palace Hotel

1) The Emirates Palace Hotel (must see)

No tourist to Abu Dhabi returns without visiting the iconic five star luxury Emirates Palace Hotel. This hotel exquisitely combines the latest technology with the regal Arabian splendor.

Emirates Palace is located on 1.3 km of private beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens, with 114 domes that are 80 meters high. It is situated close to many popular local attractions such as Marina shopping mall, diplomatic and business areas; also at a 30 minute drive from Abu Dhabi airport and 1.5 hours drive from Dubai airport.

With a kids zone, an energy zone, the mystical Anantara Spa and water sports, such as windsurfing, snorkeling and sailing, this is the place to be in. Enjoy yourself at the West Pool along with your family indulging in exhilarating water adventure. Or simply relax and rejuvenate at the East Pool where you will encounter absolute serenity and stillness. Walk through the pristine sands of the beach or take a leisure dip into one of the two extravagant pools, enjoy flexing your muscles at any of the two well equipped gyms or play an energetic game of tennis at the floodlit tennis courts.

Stay at the Emirates Palace Hotel and you will find yourself discovering exciting possibilities each moment.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bainunah Roundabout Fountain

2) Bainunah Roundabout Fountain

The Bainunah Roundabout Fountain is located near the pleasant Zalamat Garden, on the Bainunah Roundabout. The fountain is both beautiful and miraculous, as it blends perfectly with the surrounding area. The Al Bateen Mosque is also located next to the fountain‎.
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Sultan Bin Yousef Mosque‎

3) Sultan Bin Yousef Mosque‎

The Sultan Bin Yousef Mosque‎ is located behind the Bateen Mall, near the Secondary School for Girls in Abu Dhabi. The mosque was named in honor of Sultan Bin Yousef and features two beautiful green domes.
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Abu Bakr Al Siddique Mosque‎

4) Abu Bakr Al Siddique Mosque‎

The Abu Bakr Al Siddique Mosque is situated on Al Falah street, near the Al Khalidiyah School in Abu Dhabi. This local place of worship is not as big as some other city’s mosques, yet it does represent a splendid example of Islamic architecture.
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Khalidiya Garden

5) Khalidiya Garden

Khalidiya Garden is one of the most popular parks in Abu Dhabi. Located in Al Khalidiya neighborhood, the park features beautiful palms and is a perfect place for recreation and leisure. Locals and tourists, children and adults, will all find something to enjoy at Khalidiya Garden.

Walking Tours in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Create Your Own Walk in Abu Dhabi

Create Your Own Walk in Abu Dhabi

Creating your own self-guided walk in Abu Dhabi is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Abu Dhabi Places of Worship

Abu Dhabi Places of Worship

Abu Dhabi is home to a wide range of multi-denominational religious buildings, including splendid Islamic mosques, beautiful catholic cathedrals, fine orthodox churches, and other sacred places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Al Markaziyah Orientation Walk

Al Markaziyah Orientation Walk

Al Markaziyah is the downtown district of Abu Dhabi, also known as the Central Business District, which is dominated by ultramodern buildings – tall towers and skyscrapers – sided by fine parks and beautiful fountains. Aside from these, a visitor to Abu Dhabi will find many other attractions of historical, archaeological and architectural value. To find out which exactly and to understand the local culture better, follow our orientation guide and explore the city heritage.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Shopping at Al Mina

Shopping at Al Mina

Shopping in Abu Dhabi is a real pleasure. This shopper’s paradise has all, from gigantic malls to interesting souks and markets. Visitors will find here an amazing and unique shopping experience. One of the most popular shopping areas in the city is Al Mina, a great place to start one's shopping excursion.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Abu Dhabi Corniche Walk

Abu Dhabi Corniche Walk

Corniche Road, or simply The Corniche, is a popular place in Abu Dhabi wrapping around the western side of the city's main island. Today it abounds in cycling paths, fountains and well manicured parks, yet it wasn't until the early 2000s that the Corniche was extended at the expense of the land reclaimed from the sea. Some of its earlier landmarks had to go during the process, while overall the Corniche gained popularity as a high-end recreational area and a public beach thanks to the significant deposits of sand. To enjoy and explore the delights of the Corniche in more detail, follow this self-guided walk!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Shopping at Abu Dhabi

Shopping at Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a heaven for the lovers of shopping. The United Arab Emirates’ capital has become one of the main shopping centers in the world. After visiting the best of the city's shopping venues, tourists will gain an appreciation for the unique shopping experience.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Abu Dhabi for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Abu Dhabi has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Abu Dhabi, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.