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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, in Arabic the father of the gazelle, is the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates. The city of Abu Dhabi is part of the large emirate with the same name and presents a modern garden city lined with wide boulevards, green parks and bubbling fountains. The modern city has evolved over the past 30 years, and an array of stunning skyscrapers now reflects in the waters of the Arabian Gulf, contrasting with sandy beaches. Beneath Abu Dhabi’s modern facade is an intriguing culture, and a way of life that has changed little in recent years. From the traditional dhow or wooden boat races on the Corniche to the ancient bazaars packed full of antiques, the local culture is much in evidence. Minarets and domes sit comfortably between shimmering office towers and apartment blocks creating a unique skyline. The discovery of oil in the 1950s has given the emirate major influence in the international oil market, and Abu Dhabi sits on 10% of the world’s known oil reserves. But despite this wealth and power, it remains a humble and non-ostentatious society. Progress, however, is never far away and the city is developing fast. Abu Dhabi has a remarkable range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. Its cosmopolitan flavour is matched by its many restaurants which provide a truly international array of choices. A unique selection of leisure activities and sporting facilities is also available.


  • Sheikh Zayeed Mosque
  • Heritage Village
  • Ferrari World Show more
  • Marina Yas Circuit
  • Corniche
  • Emirates Palace
  • Observation desk in Jumeirah Etihad Towers