Page update - Sep 30, 2022
The Observation Deck at 300 is the best place to get a bird's eye view of Abu Dhabi. How to get there? How much is the ticket? What is the best time to visit? Which sites can you see from the top and which cannot? Read the answers on this page.
As of September 2022, Observation Deck at 300 is open for tourists. As of September 28, 2022, masks are no longer required in UAE malls, hotels, restaurants, cafes, etc. Does this apply to observation decks? According to our information, yes, and masks are not required to be worn. But just in case, it is highly advisable to have a mask with you.
A complex of 5 Etihad Towers is located in the western edge of the island and the city of Abu Dhabi. The tallest of them is Tower 2, which is 1007 feet (307 meters) high and has 75 floors (including technical floors). There is a restaurant and an observation deck with a 360 degree view on the 74th (the last residential) floor at a height of 984 feet (300 meters).
Tower 2 opened in December 2012 and was the tallest building on Abu Dhabi Island and the second tallest in Abu Dhabi City, after the Sky Tower on Al Reem Island. Tower 2 is now the 4th tallest building in Abu Dhabi. The observation deck was and still is the tallest in Abu Dhabi.
We can say that it is an affordable alternative for those tourists in Abu Dhabi, who do not want to or cannot financially afford to go to the Burj Khalifa.
You can see many of the attractions and interesting buildings in Abu Dhabi from the observation deck. We will tell you about them below.
Watching the sunset from the observation deck and look at the beauty of the city in the rays of the setting sun is especially interesting. However, you can do it only from October to February, and in other months the sunset is after 8 pm (closing time of the observation deck).
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In some travel guides and tourist sites they write: "You can see the whole of Abu Dhabi". Of course that's not true, because Abu Dhabi is a very big city. But in case of good weather, the central part of the city is completely visible. Fixed binoculars are installed along the perimeter of the observation deck.
The best view is of the famous Emirates Palace Hotel, which is across the street from the Etihad Towers complex.
To the left of it you can see Qasr Al-Watan Palace (Presidential Palace). You can see it beautifully in any weather. But remember, it is forbidden by UAE law to photograph military, police and other government facilities. If you take photos and a guard comes up and asks to erase them, it is better to do so.
To the right and further of the Emirates Palace Hotel, you will see Al Qasir Island and on it you will find the Marina Mall, the Marina Village luxury residential complex and the famous Fairmont Marina Abu Dhabi. A villa there costs from 10 million dirhams and more.
Also on the island of Al Qaseer, you will find the Heritage Village and the largest flagpole with the UAE national flag. The Heritage Village is partially visible, but impossible to see anything in it, even with binoculars. The flagpole is not visible at all as it is obscured by the ADNOC Headquarters skyscraper.
To the right, you can partially see the Corniche promenade and beaches, but there's not much to see there. If you turn away from the sea you can see the beautiful building of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is easily recognized by its large dome.
Many tourists try to see the Sheikh Zayed Great Mosque and some even succeed. It is visible, but only in good weather. It is possible to see anything in it, except the outlines, only through binoculars. The distance from the observation deck to the mosque is 11 miles (18 kilometers).
The Observation Deck at 300 is located on the western edge of Abu Dhabi Island, west of the Corniche promenade, right next to the Emirates Palace Hotel.
At the time this page was updated (September 2022), buses 009, 034, 069 stop near. If one of those buses stops somewhere near your hotel, you can get there for only 2 dirhams per person. Get off at the Emirates Palace Hotel stop. Buses require a Hafilat transport card which you can buy from the driver (not always).
There are several other places of interest in the area, which is handy. See the map with sights and location of bus stops.
The quickest and easiest way is to take a cab. It is difficult to predict the cost of the trip, it depends on the location of your hotel. The trip can cost from 12 to 50 dirhams. Take a look at our detailed review "Taxis in the UAE" for the cab fares.
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35 UAE dirhams (AED). See the current exchange rates of Emirati dirham on our page "Money in the UAE".
You can buy another ticket with a voucher for 55 dirhams included. You can spend the voucher on snacks and drinks at the restaurant. Be forewarned straight away that you won't eat or drink much for this money.
There is a special Afternoon Tea offered from 2pm to 6pm. For 250 dirhams they serve tea or coffee and a tray in three tiers with 12 kinds of cakes and 5 sandwiches. See the photo near for what it looks like, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen. Not a bad option for two or more people, but it's very hard to eat alone.
Admission is free for guests of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers (located in Tower 2).
An important point! Prices in the restaurant do not include local taxes. That is, add about 20% to the prices. Although we hope that by the time of your visit the menu will be corrected - will make the prices with taxes included.
Restaurant prices (including all taxes):
Turkey, beef or cheese sandwiches - 65 dirhams.
Greek, Caesar or other salads - 45 dirhams.
Tea 40-45, coffee 35-40, Coke or other soda 35 dirhams.
Cookies and buns - 35 dirhams.
Ice cream - 20 dirhams.
From midday to 8pm every day.
There is live music from 7pm to 8pm (usually).
- Don't forget about the dress code. Shorts or a T-shirt may be unacceptable inside the Etihad Towers. Shoulders and knees must be covered, no cleavage or open back. We have talked in detail about the dress code in the UAE in the review "What you can't do in the UAE";
- Plan your trip for a weekday so there will be fewer people around. As a reminder, weekends in the UAE from January 3, 2022 are Friday from 12 noon, Saturday and Sunday. Thursday may be a day off for some employees. The best days to visit any attractions are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Read more about the new 4½-day work week in our review "Friday and Weekends in the UAE".
Have fun walking around Abu Dhabi, and read our interesting pages about the UAE (see the list of the pages below).
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