Two free things to do in Abu Dhabi today: Explore the Heritage Village and see fossil dunes

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Two free things to do in Abu Dhabi today: Explore the Heritage Village and see fossil dunes

Step back in time at Heritage Village
At this quaint recreation of a traditional Emirati village, you can watch demos of pre-oil era crafts such as metal work, pottery, weaving and glassblowing.
See expert falconry, visit a few camels, browse pearl diving artefacts in the museum or stroll onto the nearby beach which has pretty views of the skyline.
Open Sat-Thu 9am-4pm, Fri 3.30pm-9pm. Abu Dhabi Corniche Breakwater, near Marina Mall (02 681 4455).

Check out the cool Fossil Dunes

Pack the car and head out on the road for a trip to see some amazing sights. Out in the desert at Al Wathba’s fossil dunes you can explore a collection of twisting, wind-swept towers of rock. It’s an unique place, and budding photographers will love the shadows and shapes created at sunrise and sunset. The dunes are very fragile so please don't climb all over them or damage them when taking pictures and try to leave the site as you found it when you head back to the city. 
Open 24 hours. Off the E30, behind Al Dhafrah Air Base, co-ordinates: 24.192078, 54.584732.

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