Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, a metropolis that holds a unique mix of traditional Arabian charm and cosmopolitan sophistication. Combined with its beautiful beaches, fantastic shopping and top international resorts, Abu Dhabi City is an ideal place to visit.
Great milestones have been taken to protect Abu Dhabi’s natural scenery and to preserve the authentic spirit of its tradition that is outlined in pleasant surroundings of its sun-kissed waterfront and its abundant parks and tree-lined boulevards. Known as the ‘Green State’, Abu Dhabi contains almost 200 preserved islands.
Extensive works of expansion and infrastructure upgrades have taken place in Abu Dhabi during the recent years. One of the most welcome recent developments is the expansion and extension of the waterfront Corniche, with its white sandy beaches and wide Mediterranean-style promenade. With a vision to mark Abu Dhabi as a tourism hub in the Middle East, the government has developed several entertainment facilities including Yas Island that contain Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld as well as the Saadiyat Island holding a melting pot of cultural monuments such as the second Guggenheim Museum.
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Also known as the Grand Mosque, this snow white house of worships Abu Dhabi’s stunning landmark, easily visible from the afar and impressive inside and out. Conceived by the late Sheikh Zayed, it can accommodate 40,000 worshippers in its central courtyard and main prayer hall. The grand-yet-delicate composition of marble, gold, semiprecious stones, crystals and ceramics takes design cues from Morocco, Turkey and even India’s Taj Mahal. The main prayer hall features the world’s largest Persian carpet, which took 2000 craftsmen two years to complete, while seven gold plated crystal chandeliers hang majestically from the ceiling. The mosque is located 13km South Abu Dhabi.
Dubai is located an hour and a half from Abu Dhabi. Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation - from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre - to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ It is also considered as the dynamic nucleus of the Arabian Gulf region. Things to do: Admire the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa Enjoy a walk along the Dubai Marina Eat a 3 course meal in one of the 21 restaurants at the Atlantis…
The Emirates Palace is a seven star hotel Abu Dhabi located on 1.3km of private beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens, with 114 domes that are 80 meters high. It is a 30 minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 1.5 hour drive from Dubai International Airport.
Offers a glimpse of life in the pre-oil days with a re-creation of a souk, a traditional mosque, a Bedouin encampment with goat-hair tents and a typical desert house. You will watch craftsmen making pots, blow glass, beat brass and weave a traditional looms.
The Corniche is located along the north-western shore of Abu Dhabi. The cornice is marked at one end by the Breakwater which includes the Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi theatre, while the other ends is popular for its traditional port and Iranian souk. The Corniche is a long road that extends almost 9km with a lengthy stretch of beach along it. There are several lush, green gardens lined all along the Corniche and it has become one of the popular attractions in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has opened its doors in 2007 to visitors to experience the fascinating world of falcons and falconry. The “Falcon World Tour” offers an exciting and interactive tour all around falcons. It provides to the visitors a deep insight into the world of those majestic birds, the history of falconry as well as the life of falcons in modern times. Visitors also have access to a large free-flight aviary, where birds are kept, and can have their photos taken with a falcon on their arm in the hospital garden. A buffet lunch can also be purchased, served in a traditional Arabic tent and prepared by Abu Dhabi National Hotels' staff.