Whether you are staying with us for business or leisure, an interesting sightseeing or few will definitely make your trip a memorable one. The hotel's dedicated Concierge team is always ready to assist with arrangements.
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi is privileged to be surrounded by the following points of interest, with some of them being the signature landmarks of the UAE capital.
1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
2. Khalifa Park
3. Al Maqtaa Fort
4. Zayed Sports City
5. ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre)
6. Mangrove Natural Reserve (Eastern Mangrove)
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world - initiated no less by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of the UAE.
The Mosque’s initial architectural design was Moroccan, but it evolved to include many global features, including exterior walls that are of traditional Turkish design.Â
The 22,412 square metre Mosque site is equivalent to around the size of five football fields, and can accommodate 40,960 worshippers.Â
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features 82 domes of Moroccan design and all decorated with white marble. The main dome’s outer shell measures 32.8 metres in diameter and stands at a height of 70 metres from the inside and 85 metres from the outside - the largest of its kind, according to the Turkey Research Centre for Islamic History and Culture.
The Mosque has approximately 1,000 columns in its outer areas which are clad with more than 20,000 marble panels inlaid with semi-precious stones, including lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone shell and mother of pearl.Â The 96 columns in the main prayer hall are round in shape and inlaid with mother of pearl.Â
The main prayer hall features the world’s largest chandelier under the main dome – being 10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing over nine tonnes.
The main prayer hall can fit in around 7,126 worshippers and also features the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. Designed by Iranian artist, Ali Khaliqi, the carpet was hand-crafted by 1,200 artisans inÂ small villages near Mashhadin in Iran, a region renowned for its carpet making expertise. Consisting of 2,268,000 knots, the Mosque’s carpet is estimated to be valued at US$8.2 million (AED 30 million).
This is one of Abu Dhabi’s largest parks and a major landmark. Inspiration for the gardens has been drawn from Arabic and Islamic architecture and from the world’s great gardens. The landscape boasts canals, fountains, lakes and waterfalls.
A miniature railway offers regular train tours. With play equipment for children, picnic facilities and an outdoor auditorium, it’s a popular spot in the cooler evenings and during weekends.
Khalifa Park is just a stone throw away from Park Rotana Abu Dhabi surrounding the property with the greenery of its lush gardens and giving stunning views to many of the hotel rooms. The proximity of Khalifa Park, its services and facilities add extra unique ambiance and experience to the guests staying in Park Rotana Abu Dhabi.
AL MAQTA FORT
Abu Dhabi comprises many archaeological sites that shed important light on its rich, deep-rooted history. Forts, citadels, and palaces collectively draw a vivid picture of the region's culture and heritage.
Visitors approaching the capital coming Al Maqta Bridge should take in Al Maqta Fort, built 200 years ago, now fully restored and serving as a Tourist Information Centre. Standing on the edge of the island, the fort was built to fend off bandits and provides a wonderful contrast to the modern Al Maqta and Sheikh Zayed bridges next to it.
ZAYED SPORTS CITY
Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Zayed Sports City is the leading destination for sports and entertainment in the UAE, and the largest sports complex in the Middle East.
Zayed Sports City features a host of different facilities that are ideal for training, corporate events, concerts, and team sports. The complex includes activities such as tennis, football, ice skating, bowling, gym, softball, rugby, foosball, table tennis, pool, cycling, rollerblading, along with a host of delectable food and beverage options.
ABU DHABI NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the most modern exhibition centre in the world, was opened in February, 2007. Since then, the centre welcomes over one million visitors and hosts overÂ 100 eventsÂ every year. From large scale public shows such as the Abu Dhabi Book Fair to international trade exhibitions such as IDEX and ADIPEC, ADNEC is becoming famous for hosting high profile, large-scale exhibitions while it is also known to promote smaller specialist shows by developing, providing help and support to event organisers.
With 12 state-of-the-art fully connected exhibition halls, the Atrium and the Concourse totaling to 73,000 square metres, ADNEC is the largest exhibition venue in the Middle East.
The flexible, flat-floored, interconnected halls offer endless possibilities for all types of exhibitions and events; these facilities are complemented by extensive event services including imaginative conference and banqueting facilities.
MANGROVE NATURAL RESERVE
Today, mangrove forests cover an estimated area of 3000 hectares of land in the UAE, of which 2300 hectares are in Abu Dhabi alone, making the Emirate home to more than 75% of the total mangrove forest area in the UAE.
Located along the Eastern Ring Road, the Eastern Mangrove Lagoon is the closest mangrove forest to the Abu Dhabi City, and is only 10 to 15 minutes drive from Park Rotana Abu Dhabi. This unique ecological hotspot is being rebranded as the Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park as part of the first of five national parks identified in Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.Â
Mangrove tours are available from Kayak Club Abu Dhabi including special eco and fishing tours. This is indeed a very interesting sightseeing and recreational activity to explore and an unconventional way to discover the capital.