Abu Dhabi audio tour: Abu Dhabi Skyline Tour

About the Tour

Retrace Abu Dhabi's impressive skyline from ancient pearl-diving villages to the bustling capital of the UAE characterised by glamorous palaces, residential villas and skyscrapers.

This walking tour starts on the promenade with spectacular views overlooking the city and the very landmarks you'll soon become acquainted with. You'll make your way to the Marina area before walking a section of the popular nine kilometres-long Corniche Street which was built on reclaimed land and offers a variety of leisure activities. Along the way, you'll see the white domed Qasr Al Watan palace, the sand-coloured Emirates Palace, a few heritage hotels, the two tallest skyscrapers in the city and a monument illuminated by more than 2,000 lights.

While you walk, you'll hear stories about the city's incredible emergence from the dunes, how the skyline was transformed in only a few decades and what its future might look like. You’ll also find out about:

The region’s early nomadic tribes
The rapid development of Corniche Road
How the land you’ll walk on was reclaimed from the sea
Innovative architecture that combats the desert heat
How oil transformed the economy

From breathtaking cityscapes to desert dunes that appear to have emerged from the sea, this tour provides the perfect introduction to the stories behind Abu Dhabi’s iconic skyline.


Chris Zabriskie – Candlepower
Lee Rosevere – Start the Day
Lee Rosevere – Here's the Thing
Desert City by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license

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Visit Abu Dhabi

With three diverse destinations in just one Emirate, Abu Dhabi is a truly unique destination, where respect for the past informs the present and shapes the future.

This is a diverse emirate with desertscapes, oases, mountain heights, fabulous beaches, warm, clear waters, desert islands, an ancient heritage city and a modern, cosmopolitan capital city. It’s a destination of historic buildings, thrilling headline attractions, engaging tours and a packed calendar of headline events covering the arts, culture, sports, concerts and trade shows.

Abu Dhabi is a destination that will exceed your expectations!

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Major Landmarks

  • Marina Mall

  • Marina Eye

  • Heritage Village

  • Breakwater

  • Emirates Palace

  • Qasr Al Watan

  • Etihad Towers

  • West Bay

  • Albahar

  • Corniche Road

Directions to Starting Point

This tour begins closer to the Marina Area of Abu Dhabi. To reach the starting point, park your car right across from the Radisson Blu Hotel at the public parking lot. If you’re using a taxi, ask them to drop you off there as well. When ready, walk along King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street towards the Marina. The tour starts on the extended pavement half-way through the street.

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Places to stop along the way

Marina Mall, Marina Eye, Nation Towers Shopping Mall, Al Bahar

Best time of day

Since this is a walking tour, we recommend doing it during the day so that you can benefit from the magnificent views. However, during the summer season, we recommend walking closer to sunset.


The direct sunlight and typical hot weather of this region present few challenges. Thus, we recommend bringing along a bottle of water, good walking shoes, a hat and sunblock. Most importantly, be careful as you cross the streets and make sure to only use the dedicated pedestrian crossings.