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Holidays in Abu Dhabi Travel Guide

The Jewel of Arabia

Abu Dhabi is the Capital of the UAE, and the largest of the seven Emirates, constituting over 85% of the nation’s total land area. Named Middle East’s safest city in 2011 as well as being ranked as one of the top two cities in the Middle East for the quality of life, Abu Dhabi offers its cosmopolitan population the chance to pursue a very attractive lifestyle in a virtually crime-free environment. 

Enjoy holidays in Abu Dhabi – a city of pleasant surroundings, a variety of beautiful landscapes – of a waterfront bathed in the sun, abundant parks and tree-lined boulevards. It is also the location of the world’s largest sand dunes, whilst also being known as the Green State for its lush gardens and parks. In addition, there are nearly 200 islands around Abu Dhabi, some of which are home to the most natural untouched beaches in the region.

The city is a unique mix of traditional Arabian charm and cosmopolitan sophistication. Combined with its beautiful beaches, fantastic shopping and top international resorts Abu Dhabi City an ideal place to live, work or visit. The things to see and do are endless in Abu Dhabi with the vibrant capital bursting with the activity that includes world-famous museums, state-of-the-art theme parks, theatres, designer golf courses, spas, restaurants, shopping malls, luxurious hotels, sports and so much more.

What to do in Abu Dhabi

Sight & Attractions
The Desert Experience
The Rich Past of Abu Dhabi
Shopping Extravagance
Thrilling Nightlife
Mouthwatering Cuisines

Abu Dhabi is home to a myriad of stunning and world-famous tourist attractions and places of interest. Some of the most important ones that should not be missed are; 

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 41,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24-carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty.

The world’s first Ferrari theme park and the largest attraction of its kind. Underneath the iconic red roof, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi tells the amazing tale of Ferrari through more than 20 exhilarating and fun-filled attractions which include Formula Rossa, the world’s faster rollercoaster.

The peace and solitude experienced at the inspiring Al Ain Oasis is something that should not be missed. Filled with palm plantation, the cool, shade walkways are a welcome haven from the heat and the hustle of the busy city. A place to unwind and feel truly at peace.

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s largest, and most advanced, falcon hospital. Its highlight is a falcon display museum as well as a facility with free-flying falcons.

Considered one of the most unique attractions in the world – The Camel Market at Al Ain is an excellent opportunity to witness the ‘ships of the desert’ up close.

In the headlong rush into the future, most of ancient Abu Dhabi is bygone. Created to give visitors a chance to experience the mythical and timeless beauty of the desert and traditional Bedouin lifestyle, the Arabian Nights Heritage Village is one of the top attractions of Abu Dhabi.

If there was only one thing to do in Abu Dhabi and one thing only, then the one thing you should do is a desert safari. Beyond the city of Dhabi lies several desert amazing locations. These include the famous Liwa oasis – home to sand dunes which go up to 300m, and the legendary Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter), the largest expanse of desert in the world. Either trekking on camel back, or attacking sand dunes at high speed on an adrenaline packed dune bashing drive, the desert provides the ultimate Arabian experience. Top it off by camping overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp.

Before the discovery of oil in the 1950s, most of Abu Dhabi consisted of palm frond huts. The modern city that you see today in Abu Dhabi only evolved over the past 30 years. A hurried dash to the future, Abu Dhabi city is now signified in an array of stunning skyscrapers contrasting with endless sandy beaches. Beneath this modern facade, lies a modest and intriguing culture – a way of life that has changed little despite the change in times. 

From the traditional dhow to the souks packed full of antiques and gold, the local culture of yesteryear is still very much evident. Domes and old-time minarets combine with shimmering skyscrapers to create a unique skyline. The cultural life of Abu Dhabi is entrenched in an extensive tradition of camel riding, trade, literary work and traditional artwork.

Abu Dhabi has a remarkable union of traditional and contemporary shopping destinations that cater to a cosmopolitan crowd. Most high-end international brands have their outlets in Abu Dhabi and there are also several markets selling locally crafted artifacts. From tasteful antique carpets in street bazaars to designer wear in glamorous shopping malls, Abu Dhabi is a shopper’s paradise.

For those who enjoy bargaining street bazaars or souks are the way to go. For the squanderer, high-end malls such as Marina Mall and Abu Dhabi Mall will leave you spoilt for choice.

The night clubs in Abu Dhabi add an immense vigor to the nightlife. With a plethora of discotheques, lounges, English bars and European wine bars – the energy is high with music and exotic beverages. Presumed to be the best is the Zenith bar, a favorite night out for many. Arabian style cafes with Shisha, the traditional Arabian smoking pot are also famous for unwinding after a long day.

Since the residents come from so many countries you can easily find out different cuisine of restaurants. The most important things is that the independent restaurants out side hotels are much cheaper and much specific. It is believed that you can enjoy the food with more cash comfortable than many countries.

Authentic and contemporary Chinese cuisine are available in the restaurant. This 4-floor restaurant is able to accommodate a total of 300 customers. The party hall and luxury Karaoke room are popularly occupied on the weekend.

In addition, Indian, Philipine and Arabic cuisines are also available in the restaurant, hence the party hall usually receive a number of internatioanl parties, particularly from Indian, Philipine and Arabic customers.

Abu Dhabi has a well-planned road system and getting around Abu Dhabi is easy. Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful and can be flagged down at the roadside. Visitors who choose to rent a vehicle will find all major car rental companies in Abu Dhabi, plus a few extra. Abu Dhabi’s modern air-conditioned buses operate round-the-clock. The service is easy to use, with passengers hopping in and out of any bus by placing a one Dirham coin in the collection box next to the driver.

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