The emirate hosts the United Arab Emirates’ capital — Abu Dhabi city. This island capital is characterised by its signature Corniche, which fronts the amazing turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. You can stroll, cycle, roller-blade or drive the Corniche for a journey to the tip where the majestic Emirates Palace — one of the world’s most opulent hotels sits on 1.3 kilometres of pristine beach.
In Abu Dhabi city you’ll find all the conveniences of 21st century capital living and with some surprising additions. Don’t forget to take a complimentary guided tour of the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque — one of the world’s largest — and you can book into one of its many beach resorts. Fine dining abounds, as do opportunities for more affordable fare in numerous city centre outlets. Shopping is as diverse as the emirate — there’s everything from marble-clad malls with haute couture brands to a textile souk (market) tucked away behind the main Hamdan Centre and a carpet souk at the Mina (Port).
Take a state-of-the-art highway to the new destinations of Saadiyat and Yas Islands. On Saadiyat, will be home to the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions, including the Zayed National Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi a performing arts centre and maritime museum.
Further afield, to the east, there’s the ‘Oasis City’ of Al Ain — lying near the Oman border. This tranquil city — Abu Dhabi’s heritage heartland — lies under the shadow of Jebel Hafeet — the emirate’s tallest peak at 1,340 metres.
In the Western Region — Al Gharbia — you can find unspoilt beaches and some of the best desertscapes around. You can visit Sir Bani Yas Island and join in any of a range of activities, including tours of the Arabian Wildlife Park or relax amid the simply breathtaking dunes of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter).
Events abound all-year-round in Abu Dhabi emirate and you can stay in touch with these, and plan your stay around them, by logging on to: abudhabievents.ae.
Whatever you choose to do, you will meet with a welcome which has been extended to travellers throughout the ages.
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