Jubail Mangrove Park, Al Jubail Island (next to Saadiyat Island), Abu Dhabi, daily 8am-7.30pm, Dhs15 for adults, Dhs10. Tel: (05) 63032423. park.jubailisland.ae

Dolphin spotting on Saadiyat Island

We all know that Abu Dhabi has some pretty unique adventures to offer. It’s a city that has more records than Paul McCartney, and the scarcity of experience in general is something to celebrate. Enjoying these indigenous gems makes us feel special and privileged. But there are some encounters that we hope are not so rare. The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has calculated that Abu Dhabi’s coastal waters are home to around 700 humpback dolphins, sadly making it the world’s largest community of these endangered creatures. Saadiyat is probably one of your best chances to see these magnificent animals in the wild, as their preferred feeding grounds stretch along the northern beaches and across the mangroves of Jubail. Grab your binoculars and head to one of the boardwalk’s many hotels (including Jumeirah at Saadiyat and Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island) and grab yourself a day pass. Or there’s the beach club, Soul, which is a cheap alternative to the hotel flop.