3 'For the Gram' Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi

3 'For the Gram' Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi

If you are almost out of inspiration for your next Instagram post, how about venturing abroad? This will let you feature something rare and unique, something not so common that everybody else in your circle already has a post about it.

If you're game, book your tickets, pack your bags and fly to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Read on for a list of places to visit in Abu Dhabi that will give you plenty of content for your Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, or YouTube channel.

1.    Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is water's greatest playground. It's located in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi's leading entertainment and recreation hub.

The Yas Waterworld mega theme park spans 14.97 hectares and offers more than 40 thrilling waterpark rides and slides. You will have countless photo opportunities, with such a wide variety of possible backdrops you can use.

Its Abu Dhabi location is perfect, too. Since it's always beach weather in Abu Dhabi, you can be sure there will be no gloomy dark clouds to spoil your Insta-fabulous shots.

Additionally, if you want that extra oomph to make your content pop, visit Yas Waterworld in the height of winter (even chilly autumn would work). This way, everybody else would be back home wrapped up in puffers and parkas while you post photos of your gorgeously tanned self in a brightly coloured bikini reclining happily on a beach chair.

You should explore every inch of the waterpark for Instagrammable spots. If you have a limited time to go around, though, here are suggestions on the Yas Waterworld attractions you should be careful not to miss.

Amwaj Wave Pool

This is the largest wave pool in the region. You can swim in the pool, of course, but for those Instagram beach photos, lounge on a chair at Amwaj Beach.

Underwater VR Experience

While your friends may have already experienced virtual reality — who hasn't? — few have experienced underwater VR.

When you're in Yas Waterworld, this is a must-try. This full-body sensory experience will let you drift dive in the ocean, fly over a mountain, explore an abandoned space station, and visit a mystical lost city, all while immersed underwater.

Pearl Diving Experience

Now, this is an even more unique experience. You'll basically dive into an underwater tank to collect oysters that contain pearls. Yes, those precious lustrous orbs that make great earrings, rings, and necklaces.

Imagine the many beautiful photos you can take, mainly after you've dived for your pearl and had it set into jewellery as a memento of your Yas Waterworld pearl-diving adventure.

2.    Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan is the UAE's working presidential palace. Now, this one is a stunner. Be sure to keep a large amount of space free in your cloud storage because your pictures of this grand palace will be sure to fill it up. You'll be hard-pressed to find a bad shot or a bad angle to shoot from at Qasr Al Watan.

There are no two ways about it. The palace is utterly magnificent. On your approach, it's like an exquisite, pristine jewel glistening in the sun. However, nothing beats the experience of seeing it up close and personal. When you first lay eyes on the palace's interiors, you will hear a collective gasp of awe as the opulent interior overwhelms your and other guests' senses.

There's so much to see, you should devote a good amount of time exploring Qasr Al Watan. If you want suggestions, here are some attractions you cannot miss.

The Great Hall Dome

Enter through the enormous palace doors, and you'll arrive at the Great Hall. Walk to the exact centre of the hall, and you'd be staring at one of the palace's most impressive features — the 60-metre-high central dome with stained glass windows that filters and softens the strong sunlight from outside before letting it illuminate the hall.

The Arabic Calligraphy Sphere

From the Great Hall, make your way to the east wing. Along the way, the dazzling sight of a golden spherical sculpture will meet you.

It's actually an Arabic calligraphy sculpture, and this is what it says:

"Wealth is not money or oil; wealth lies in people, and it is worthless if not dedicated to serve the people."

This exact quote was something the UAE's founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, said and was eventually memorialised in this installation art by artist Mattar bin Lahej.

Go inside the sphere. It would make such a superb backdrop for Insta shots.

Palace in Motion

Be sure to stay for the light and sound show that takes place at sundown. The show is projected onto the stark white façade of the palace, so find a good vantage point in the palace grounds from which to watch the show.

The 15-minute reel runs you through the UAE's past, present and future. It will help you get a sense of the UAE's identity as a country. Plus, the spectacular sights will definitely make an excellent addition to your collection of memorable photos and videos.

3.    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world's first-of-its-kind Ferrari-branded theme park. It's also located on Yas Island. If you love fast cars, Ferraris, and theme parks, this is a place you must include in your Abu Dhabi itinerary. This place will also give you experiences you'll find worthy of posting on social media.

Formula Rossa

If there's one rollercoaster you must try, it's Ferrari World's Formula Rossa. It's true because, as of this writing, Formula Rossa remains the world's fastest rollercoaster. It has a top speed of 240 km/h, and it goes from zero to top speed in 4.9 seconds.

How thrilling is that? Your Instagram post is essentially writing itself.

Flying Aces

Flying Aces is not as fast as Formula Rossa, but it's equally thrilling. It goes up 63 metres then takes its passengers on a 51-degree-incline. It actually has the tallest non-inverted roller coaster loop in the world. Moreover, the outer biplane seats will let you feel like you're gliding freely in the air.

Ferrari Driving Experience

Now, this is the ultimate Gram-worthy post. Book the Ferrari Driving Experience, and you can navigate Yas Island in a gleaming Ferrari sportscar. How cool is that?

Insta-Worthy Snaps

If you're looking for the next destination to capture through your lens, go to Abu Dhabi. This is a place with larger-than-life attractions and experiences that are absolutely Insta-worthy.